Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 61 of 263
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April 15, 1935
To the Senate of the Forty-fourth Legislature of the State of Texas:
I have vetoed and am returning herewith S. B. No. 475, an Act creating
the Special Third District Court of Anderson, Henderson and Houston
Counties. I have disapproved this bill for the following reasons:
In an early message to the Legislature suggesting the creation of
specified emergency courts in the East Texas oil fields, I stated that I
did not expect to ask the Legislature for any additional courts.
Conditions in the Counties of Anderson, Henderson and Houston,
where this court is proposed, do not begin to compare with the congested
and crowded dockets of the East Texas oil field counties.
I am opposed to the creation of any additional courts. I think we
have enough district courts in Texas. The law now provides for the
transfer of judges from one district to another so as to clear up crowded
dockets. I am personally familiar with the conditions in the new proposed
district and feel that vigorous action on the part of authorities
there, together with other judges who could be called in, will clear up
any congestion of the dockets in the affected counties.
This bill not only creates a new district court at an additional expense
to the taxpayers, but creates the office of assistant district attorney at
a salary of $2,700. The district is composed of only three counties and,
in my judgment, there is no necessity for such additional expense.
Under the circumstances and in view of the tremendous deficit in our
State Treasury, I feel it is my duty to veto this bill.
JAMES V. ALLRED
Governor of Texas
May 7, 1935
To the Forty-fourth Legislature of the State of Texas:
I have today signed and approved H. B. No. 11 which appropriates
three million dollars for a Centennial celebration. Since no provision is
made for retirement of this debt, I desire to make a statement not only
with reference to this appropriation, but others which may come to
The people of Texas by direct referendum gave the Legislature a
mandate to provide for a real Centennial observance of the achievements
of our forebears. Pursuant to this mandate, a preceding Legislature set
up the machinery to determine where the main celebration should be
had. As a result, the people of Dallas have voted bonds, and already
the program is under way. Word has gone forth to the world that
Texas expects to make 1936 a banner Centennial year. The Legislature
has seen fit to pass this Act and, for those reasons, in my judgment, it
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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/m1/61/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .