Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 11 of 263
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have been issued by the Legislature to date. Of this amount
only $1,500,000 remains unsold. These bonds under the present law, will
be sold and expended, I am advised, for the month of February, 1935.
After that time there will be no available relief bonds unless the Legislature
issues the remainder of the authorized bonds.
The Board of Control requests and recommends that the remaining
$3,500,000 be issued and sold at an early date in order that part of such
relief funds may be made available for the month of March, 1935, and
thereafter in such amounts, from time to time, as the Legislature may see
fit to authorize.
Realizing the gravity of the situation, and in order that we may be prepared
for any emergency, whatever plan may be adopted by the Federal
government, I join in this recommendation of the Board of Control. I
urge the Legislature to proceed at once to meet the emergency confronting
us. I suggest that the proper committees immediately call
before them the members of the Board of Control, the State Relief Administrator,
and others interested and informed in matters of state relief
for recommendations and information, to the end that a proper law be
enacted as soon as possible authorizing the issuance of the remaining
The emergency matter submitted in this connection is expressly confined
at this time to that of the passage of a bill similar to those heretofore
enacted authorizing the issuance of relief bonds upon such conditions,
and in such amounts, as the Legislature may prescribe, under the constitutional
amendment originally authorizing the issuance of these bonds.
To facilitate this work I have requested the Hon. Pat Dougherty, former
Assistant Attorney General in charge of the issuance of these relief
bonds for the State Commission, to prepare a suggested bill authorizing
the issuance of these bonds, I am attaching a copy of this suggested bill
to this message, and will be happy to have such members of the Legislature
as are interested in this matter lend their signatures to its introduction.
By this suggested bill I do not mean, in any wise, to attempt to
direct the course of the legislation. It is submitted merely as a working
model, of course, subject to any changes you see fit to make. I do, however,
urge upon you the necessity for immediate action upon this or some
Old Age Pensions
I am informed that a large percentage of unemployables on relief rolls
are made up of destitute aged citizens, both men and women. No relief
program, therefore, can be complete without dealing with this subject.
Our present poorhouse methods are far too antiquated and inhumane
for this enlightened State.
The President has already recommended social security legislation to
the National Congress and, in all probability, a Federal Old Age Pension
Act will be passed. According to the best information I have, it is expected
that any allotment by the National Government for ald age pensions
will be conditioned upon similar amounts being appropriated by the
states; or, putting it another way, that to meet the varying conditions
and demands in each section of the country, Congress may propose to
match whatever pensions the states may provide for.
A number of our sister states have already passed old age pensions
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Allred, James V. Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939, book, 1939; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3899/m1/11/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .