Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 75 of 263
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Governor of the State of Texas
August 29, 1935.
To All to Whoml These Presents Shall Com,e:
WHEREAS, Senate Joint Resolution No. 3 proposing an amendment
to Article XVI of the Constitution of Texas by striking out Section 20-A
to Section 20-E, both inclusive, prohibiting the open saloon and vesting
in the Legislature the power to define and enact laws against the power
to regulate the manufacture, sale, possession and transportation of
intoxicating liquors, including the power to establish a State monopoly
on the sale of distilled liquors; providing that in all counties, justice's
precincts or incorporated towns or cities wherein the Eale of intoxicating
liquors had been prohibited by local option elections held under the laws
of the States of Texas and in effect at the time of the taking effect of
Section 20, Article XVI of the Constitution of the State of Texas, until
a majority of the qualified voters in such county or political subdivision
shall determine such to be lawful at an election held for that purpose,
was by the Forty-fourth Legislature, Regular Session, submitted to a
vote of the qualified electors of the State of Texas at a special election
held throughout the State of Texas, on the fourth Saturday in August,
WHEREAS, Such special election having been held in the mode and
manner provided by law and it now appearing from the public press
that a majority of the qualified electors voting in such election, cast
the ballot in favor of the amendment "for the amendment to the State
Constitution repealing statewide prohibition, prohibiting the open saloon
and providing for local option"; and,
WHEREAS, I consider it my duty to call a Special Session of the
Legislature of the State of Texas to give effect to the will of the people;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, James V. Allred, Governor of the State of
Texas, do, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution
of this State, hereby call a special session of the Forty-fourth Legislature
to be convened in the City of Austin, commencing at 12 o'clock
noon on Monday the 16th day of Septemb2r, A. D. 1935, for the following
1. To define the termi "open saloon" and enact laws prohibiting the
2. To enact laws regulating the manufacture, sale, transportation and
possession of intoxicating liquors, and to preserve the absolute integrity
of dry territory.
3. To consider and act on such other subjects of public importance
as the Governor may from time to time during the session, submit by
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and
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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/m1/75/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .