Speeches delivered by Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas, discussing certain phases of contemplated legislation Page: 42 of 61
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Prohibiting those from holding law-enforcement offices
who drink intoxicants or violate any penal statute involving moral
Twelfth. The passage of a law requiring every person elected or
appointed to office to take an oath upon qualifying for office that he
has not knowingly during the past year violated the liquor laws of
Texas or of the United States and that he will not do so during his
term of office. Now an officer takes an oath that he never fought a
duel. That is now a relic of barbarism. Substitute for that part of
the present oath the obligation that he will not get drunk.
Thirteenth. A law providing for the speedy removal from office
of an officer against whom it can be proven in open court that he
has wilfully and corruptly failed or refused to enforce the law.
Fourteenth. More efficient and effective punishment for carrying
concealed weapons, making it a penitentiary offense for a bootlegger
to have on his person concealed weapons.
Fifteenth. A law prohibiting the sale or lease of a pistol or the
handling of ammunition for same except such as may be used officially
under government regulations.
Sixteenth. A law that will speed up the trial and final disposal
of criminal cases.
Seventeenth. Legislation that will give some law enforcing officer
of the State authority to have, for the purpose of enforcing the law,
district judges exchange benches for such time as may be designated
not exceeding one term of court.
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Neff, Pat M. Speeches delivered by Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas, discussing certain phases of contemplated legislation, book, 1923; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5835/m1/42/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .