Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 76 of 263
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to be impressed hereon the Seal of the State of Texas at Austin,
this the 29th day of August, A. D. 1935.
JAMES V. ALLRED
Governor of Texas
By the Governor
(Signed) Clyde E. Smith
Assistant Secretary of State
September 16, 1935
To the Forty-fourth Legislature of the State of Texas: (In First Called
This special session has been called to deal with the people's business:
During the regular session much worthy legislation was passed on a
variety of subjects; but this called session is the result of direct
mandates of the people at the special election on August 24. No Legislature
was ever called in special session to deal with problems of
greater importance than those confronting you.
As you know, on August 24, 1935, the people voted for five changes
in the Constitution. The transcendent importance of three of these
amendments requires prompt and intelligent action at your hands.
The Constitution provides that "When the Legislature shall be convened
in special session there shall be no legislation upon subjects other
than those designated in the proclamation of the Governor calling such
session or presented to them by the Governor."
In the official proclamation calling this Legislature into extraordinary
session, I specified as the chief subject to be considered the enactment
of enabling legislation to carry out the people's mandate with reference
On tomorrow I shall submit to you the subject of substituting salaries
for the fee system under Amendment 5 as it appeared on the official
ballot August 24th. The amendment itself provides that the Legislature
shall act on this subject at the First Called Session.
Within the week, as quickly as I may be able to complete the message,
I shall submit to you the important, far-reaching subject of old age
Because of chaotic and uncertain conditions prevailing throughout the
State with reference to our liquor laws, that subject was expressly designated
in the official proclamation calling the special session. It is hereby
submitted to you for attention and action.
It is for you to say how the expressed will of the people shall be put
into effect. To accomplish this the judgment of one individual will not
suffice. I feel that out of the combined wisdom of your membership,
directly representing and knowing the wants of the respective localities,
the most satisfactory solution can follow.
In submitting this important question, however, it is my privilege,
and, indeed, I feel my duty, to direct to your attention certain outstand
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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/m1/76/: accessed April 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .