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Hon. E. V. Spence, Page Z Opinion No. V-368
"In making these appropriations the legisla-
ture used the same language used by previous
legislatures in appropriating funds covering the
"In hearings before the Appropriation Com-
mittee of the Senate and House of Representatives
on the above items of appropriations, the officials
of the State Board of Water Engineers explained
that said sums included salaries on a cooperative
basis with the Federal government for engineers,
geologists, hydrographers, secretaries, statisti-
cians, clerical help, etc. Also that these items in-
cluded labor costs in constructing gaging stations
and their maintenance and operations.
"Subsection (14)f. of Section 2, S.B. 391, supra,
reads as follows:
"'f. Contingent expenses. None of the funds
hereinabove appropriated for "contingent ex-
penses" or "maintenance and miscellaneous"
shall be used for the payment of any salaries
unless specifically authorized to be paid in
the itemization under contingent, maintenance,
and miscellaneous items hereinabove set out
and designated therein as "salaries," "extra
help," or "seasonal labor."'
"The cooperative agreements with the U.S. Geo-
logical Survey run from year to year and the State
Board of Water Engineers is now preparing an agree-
ment for the year beginning September 1, 1947, and
making allocations of funds for salaries, maintenance
and operation, etc. Unless the Board can pay salaries
out of the funds appropriated under items 14, 15 and
16, all stream measurement, underground and quality
of water investigations, hydrological studies, duty
measurement and silt investigations, etc., in Texas
will stop as of September 1, 1947, as this work cannot
be carried on without salaried employees.
"Will you please advise whether or not the State
Board of Water Engineers may pay salaries out of the
sums appropriated for its use under items 14, 15 and
16, supra, in view of Subsection (14)f. Section 2 of S.B.
391, Acts of the 50th Texas Legislature."
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Texas. Attorney-General's Office. Texas Attorney General Opinion: V-368, text, September 3, 1947; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth265187/m1/2/: accessed December 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.