Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-7241 Page: 6 of 9

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Honorable X. e. Gates - page 6
provided bowevers all school districts conforming
to County Unit System of Transportation and re-
ceiving no other type of aid, either tuition or
salary, and comprising three or more consolidated
districts containig fifty (0o) square miles or
more of territory, may receive transportation aid
only on a transportation budget shoving need there-
for oin@the basis and at the rate provided in this
Aet.
'County Boards of Trustees are hereby author-
iaed to employ bus drivers for one year, and the
salary of no bus driver may be paid out of the
County Board Transportation und created herein
unless such bus driver is so employed. Provided
further, that only pupils or persons directly con-
neeted with the sobool system shall be transported
on school buses while in the process of transport-
ing pupils to and from the school, and any bus
driver violating the foregoing provisions shall
forfeit his contract and shall be immediately dis-
charged by the County Board of Trustees. However,
subject to the provisions herein, bus drivers who
own their own buses, and are so employed, may be
given a contract for not to exceed two (2) years,
conditioned that said bus drivers agree to make im-
provements on their buses so as to more adequately
nsure safer transportation for the scholastics, and
the route 6f such bus is not changed for the second
year of the contract.
The oren of your inquiry is whether or not there is a
conflict between Section 1 and Artiale V of the Act with respeot
to the item of transportation aid, and if aso whbih provision
controls. The task, therefore, becomes one purely of statutory
construction .
The intention of the Legislature, as discovered from
the Act, is the one unfailing rule for construing any statutory
act. That intention is to be gathered from the four Corners of
the instrument as a whole, when rest in the light of the purpose
as contained in the title, and in the light of each and every
part of the Act considered colleetively and separately, constru-
ing the parts, where possible in suob a way that each and every
part may stand as valid, and that no part thereof may be stricken
out or ignored.

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Texas. Attorney-General's Office. Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-7241, text, May 28, 1946; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth264518/m1/6/ocr/: accessed May 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.

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