Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Sixtieth Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1 Page: 77
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to meet the daily needs of our people
where we can afford it.
Without making promises or in-
fringing on the future actions of this
Body, I would like to outline a few
things which we will be dealing with
in the weeks ahead.
We certainly must look at Con-
gressional redistricting. While I am
satisfied we did a good job in the
last Session, we must be aware the
Federal Court still retains jurisdic-
tion in the matter. In the same view
we should look into legislative re-
apportionment-particularly since we
have to change our flotorial districts.
We must pass, I feel, a compre-
hensive election code drawing on the
excellent beginning of the Election
Law Study Commission which was
composed of House and Senate Mem-
bers, private citizens, and representa-
tives of both major parties.
We need, I think, to update
laws on county and metropolitan
government. For example, I think we
need a uniform accounting system to
help counties do more efficient book-
keeping. There is also the possibility
of county commissioners running
county-wide-if they do not redistrict
themselves under the one-man, one-
I think we should submit a con-
stitutional amendment to let the peo-
ple of Texas vote on annual Sessions
for the Legislature with additional
pay for Members. One Session would
be limited to budget matters with
no other business. As you know I am
personally committed to annual Ses-
Texas also needs a statewide water
plan. The one now under considera-
tion may not be in itself the final
product we approve, but it should
furnish us an outline for future plan-
ning. But the time to act on water is
now. It is an immediate as well as a
I mentioned planning several min-
utes ago. I hope the House-and the
Legislature-will look into a planning
office for the executive branch. This
office would not be saddled with day-
to-day planning, but with the long-
range needs of the State. It could also
encourage planning on a horizontal
plane among state agencies as well as
vertical planning from the county
courthouse to Washington.
Judicial redistricting is another
problem we must come to grips with.
The Texas Bar Association recom-
mends one district court for every
50,000 people. I do feel that we should
try to take care of Judicial redistrict-
ing before we create any new courts,
I also mentioned excellence in educa-
tion earlier-continued excellence, I
might say. In this vein, I would like
for you during the Session to consider
a 7-month English course for all
Mexican-American children entering
And on one other point-our farms.
We see our cities growing rapidly.
Soon 80 per cent of our Texas popula-
tion will be in metropolitan areas. We
must somehow keep the spotlight on
the farm in this transition period
just as we are talking about aiding
the cities. I suggest one major step
in this direction would be the creation
of an Agriculture Coordinating
Board. This board could be a particu-
lar help in marketing and research
on farm problems in Texas.
If we cover this ground and the
local matters each of you may have
to bring before the House, you can
readily see this will be a busy Ses-
For this reason, we have been talk-
ing for some time about possible
changes in House rules-and joint
rules-which will make the Legisla-
ture more efficient and still insure
that each Member is as well-informed
as possible---on just what is under
One of the main changes House
leadership will propose is to limit the
joint conference to considering only
the differences which are in the two
bills-the House measure and the
Senate measure-and not to bring in
matter which neither the House nor
the Senate has included. The House
last Session approved such a change
-we hope the rule will be adopted in
the 60th Session.
We would also like to see changes
in the organization of the House
January 11, 1967
Here’s what’s next.
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Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Sixtieth Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1, legislative document, 1967; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth193874/m1/81/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.