Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 20 of 263
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begin to compare with the situation that exists in Rusk and Gregg counties.
This, perhaps, accounts to a large extent for the lack of respect
for the State's conservation laws and the orders of the Commission in
the past, and for one of the so-called "chaos" in connection with the
East Texas oil field.
During my service as Attorney General it was extremely difficult to
get settings of State cases on account of the crowded condition of the
dockets. I direct your attention to the fact that two special district
courts created in the last called session of the Forty-second Legislature
expired in November, 1934. As a general rule, I am opposed to the creation
of additional courts, but speedy judicial determination of people's rights
is necessary to the preservation of freedom; and, as pointed out, conditions
in these counties are unusual.
True, we have a statute authorizing the transfer of judges. This is
very good in theory, but does not work out in practice to my personal
knowledge. During the last four months of 1934 I personally placed
long distance calls to judges all over the State in an effort to get them to
sit in special sessions in the East Texas oil field. My efforts were made
after the presiding judges of the respective district courts had made
similar requests and failed to prevail upon judges to perform this service.
Most of these district judges seemed willing enough, but complained that
business in their respective courts prevented their coming.
I do not expect to ask the Legislature to create any more courts.
JAMES V. ALLRED
Governor of Texas
January 31, 1935
To the Forty-foturth Legislature of the State of Texas:
The inauguration of the Governor in 1933, and again in 1935, disclosed
an anomalous situation with reference to appointments to the State
Board of Education. The law provides that the Governor shall appoint
three members to the State Board of Education on the first day of January;
and the terms of such three members automatically end on December
31st, just before the close of an administration.
It is a matter of common knowledge that this situation whereby the
outgoing Governor, some two weeks before the end of his term, names
appointees to the State Board for six years, has created confusion and
misunderstanding. The outgoing Governor has just named three additional
members to the State Board of Education, and they have been
confirmed by the Senate. Personally, I have no desire to name any
members on the State Board of Education at the close of my administration.
I feel that in the future the,e appointments should properly
be the prerogative of the incoming administration.
In order to clear up this confusion, I therefore recommend to the
Legislature an immediate change in the law providing that the terms
of members of the State Board of Education shall expire biennially
with the outgoing governor, and that new appointments shall be made
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