Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 17 of 263
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for curing such defects as may be found to exist in our
Later on I may have some specific suggestions to make to you myself;
but in the meantime, I suggest that among other things the committees'
study be directed toward the following questions:
1. Are our present State laws sufficient to enable the State Commission
adequately to deal with the regulation and production of oil and gas to
effectuate real conservation?
2. Are the penalties now provided by law sufficient to deter law violations
3. Has the State Commission really been given a sufficient appropriation
to employ a sufficient force of efficient, intelligent men to really discharge
the duties the law has imposed upon the commission?
4. Has the Attorney General really been given sufficient appropriation
to enable him to employ sufficient capable assistants to properly represent
No recovery program can be complete in Texas without the passage of
legislation authorizing real regulation of the rates charged by public
utilities and without an intelligent solution of the painful and troublesome
question of taxation. It is vital that the most rigid economy be
practiced in conducting the State's affairs. Each of these subjects are
of such importance as to warrant their discussion in special messages.
At a later date I expect to submit to you my views upon these subjects.
This statement applies as well to the commanding question of crime and
law enforcement. At this time I prefer to defer a detailed discussion of
this question awaiting the full and final report of the Senate Investigating
Committee, which, in my judgment, is rendering a splendid service to
the State. Other important subjects, such as the State's attitude toward
labor and the passage of legislation designed to protect the interests of
those who toil, will be discussed with you in due course.
I particularly call to your attention the following planks in the State
platform of our party:
"We condemn paid lobbies maintained to improperly influence members
of the Legislature and other State officers and favor strengthening the
"We favor full disclosure of employment of retainers of members of the
Legislature by private interests."
These subjects have been freely discussed before the people and are well
implanted in the public mind. I am firmly convinced that a majority of our
citizens desire early passage of a real lobby regulation law and a law requiring
periodical disclosures, under oath, by members of the Legislature
and other State officers as to their employment and retainers. I understand
that bills and resolutions pertaining to these subjects have already
been introduced. As yet, I have had no opportunity to study them, but I
do strongly recommend passage of complete and effective legislation to
deal with these problems.
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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/m1/17/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .