Legislative Messages of Hon. James V. Allred, Governor of Texas 1935-1939 Page: 96 of 263
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September 28, 1936.
To the Forty-fourth Legislature of the State of Texas: (In Third Called
The proclamation assembling this Legislature into extraordinary session
for a third time sets out the following purposes:
"1. To provide further necessary revenue for old age assistance to persons
entitled to same under the provisions of said House Bill No. 26 as
passed by the Second Called Session of the Forty-fourth Legislature.
"2. To consider and act on such other subjects of public importance as
I may, from time to time during the session, submit by message."
House Bill No. 26, Acts of the Forty-fourth Legislature, Second Called
Session, commonly known as the Old Age Assistance Law, was passed
by majority vote of the Legislature in November, 1935. It became effective
February 14, 1936, at which time the Olcd Age Assistance Commission, created
by the law, officially organized and entered upon its duties. Thereafter,
more than 200,000 applications (out of an estimated 300,000 citizens
over the age of 65) were filed for old age assistance.
At this time, according to the Executive Director of the Old Age Assistance
Commission, 80,718 applications have been approved, 12,339 applications
have been denied, and 111,598 applications are still pending. The
Commission estimates that ultimately a total of 147,676 aged citizens will
probably qualify for assistance under the present law even though no new
applications are received.
A detailed report as made to me by Hon. Orville S. Carpenter, Executive
Director of the Old Age Assistance Commission, has been mimeographed
and placed at the disposal of each member of this Legislature. I suggest
that it be printed in the journals of each house.
According to this report the average grant per person in Texas is $16.00
per month. This, together with the cost of administration, will require
an annual pension bill in Texas of approximately thirty million dollars.
The only funds as yet allocated to the payment of old age assistance is
that received from liquor licenses and taxes. Of course, under the Constitution,
one-fourth of the amount collected was allocated to the available
school fund. Thereafter, 15% 9 or a total of $430,383.00 was set aside, as
provided by H. B. No. 26, for the permanent old age pension fund.
The Executive Director reports the following amounts received after
Received from liquor license and taxes............. $2,871,907.00
Received from the Federal Government ............ 2,088,450.00
Depository interest .............................. 794.00
Total ....................................... $4,530,768.00
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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/m1/96/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .