Message of Governor T.M. Campbell to the thirtieth legislature of Texas, to which is appended the State Democratic Platform adopted at Dallas, Texas, August 13, 1906. Page: 12 of 27
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to the subject matter then under consideration and to produce
all books, vouchers, contracts and papers that may be called for
by any subpoena issued by the Attorney General. As an appropriate
and effective remedy for failure to obey such subpoena I'would suggest
as a penalty a provision for the forfeiture of the corporation's charter
or permit to do business in Texas, and for a lien upon all the assets of
the concern in this State to secure the payment of whatever penalties
may be recovered for violation of this or any other laws of the State.
3. A law to prevent the abatement of suits for forfeiture of charter
or permit and for penalties by a simple dissolution of the corporation.
4. A law with adequate penalties requiring the managing officers of
all corporations in arrears for more than sixty days on its pay rolls or
indebtedness to employes, or to creditors having priority or a statutory
lien, to make full report of same, under oath, to the Attorney General,
and also to the trustees or mortgagees named in any deed of trust or
mortgage that may be subsisting against the property and franchises of
That the efficiency of the public service is not only threatened, but
positively impaired, by the employment by public officials of members
of their families and other relatives at public expense, is believed by a
large percentage of the people, and in this view I most heartily concur.
It is a practice often denounced by the people in their platform expressions,
and a law defining nepotism and prohibiting its practice in this
State is suggested as of commanding importance, and as an appropriate
response to the people's will.
UNIFORM TEXT-BOOK LAW.
The present uniform text-book law was enacted in recognition of the
demand for cheaper school books for the children attending our public
schools. It has its imperfections and among others are the exemption of
cities of over ten thousand inhabitants from its operation and the pro-visions
by which supplementary books, or books other than those adopted,
are wedged into the schools by enterprising book agents, thus undermining
and impairing the value of an otherwise wholesome law.
"We demand the enactment by the next Legislature of a uniform textbook
law" is the language of the platform. This is a demand for a law
universal in its application, general in its benefits, and stripped of all
exceptions, provisions and modification, by which its advantages can be
denied the patrons of the public schools in any city or locality. The
re-enactment of the present law with the objectionable features referred
to eliminated was doubtless contemplated by the plain instructions of the
people. The old law, its defects and the remedy proposed, are commended
to your best judgment and careful consideration.
In Texas the cause of education is cherished by the people. The principles
of public free schools is a fixed and established policy. The system
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Campbell, Thomas Mitchell. Message of Governor T.M. Campbell to the thirtieth legislature of Texas, to which is appended the State Democratic Platform adopted at Dallas, Texas, August 13, 1906., book, January 16, 1907; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5859/m1/12/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .