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: 4 of 27
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To define and prohibit insolvent corporations from doing business
in Texas, and if necessary to accomplish this purpose to submit a
constitutional amendment to a vote of the people.
5. To compel telephone and telegraph companies to transmit each
other's messages, and to make necessary connections for that purpose.
6. To require the subscribers to the capital stock of corporations to
pay in at least 50 per cent of the capital stock subscribed before filing
charter, and the additional capital stock within two years, and such
laws as will insure greater publicity and better protection to the creditors
7. To eliminate nepotism from the public service in this State.
8. To the enactment of a uniform text-book law.
9. To enlarge the scope and general benefit of our present drainage
and irrigation laws.
10. To confer necessary power in courts of competent jurisdiction
to enable such courts to deal with youthful offenders in a more suitable
and effective way.
11. To simplify and correct our present election law, to provide a
uniform test, and for nomination in blanket primary by a majority of
the voters by a direct vote and without the intervention of a convention.
12. To amply provide for the support and maintenance of our
13. To enact laws relating to public roads that good roads may be
secured to all of the people.
14. To simplify the procedure in both civil and criminal trials and
for reforms in our jury system.
15. That an amendment to the State Constitution authorizing the
erection and maintenance of a home for indigent and decrepit wives and
widows of Confederate soldiers and sailors be submitted to the voters
of the State.
16. To remove occupation taxes on all useful occupations.
17. To secure equality and uniformity in taxation, the just rendition
of all taxable property at its full value and to compel payment of such
18. Establishing a State Department of Agriculture, separate from
all other departments and interests. That adequate facilities for
agricultural and industrial training be provided for those educational
institutions of our State in which such training is practicable.
19. Compliance with the constitutional requirement of six months
term of free school for each child in each year, and the principle of
county taxation for school purposes was endorsed and recommended.
These demands and defined policies contain the latest definite expression
of the people upon the subjects to which they relate, and are
commended to vour honorable bodies as worthy of your best thought
and most faithful consideration. Too much importance can not be
attached to the people's demand, and this view justifies a further consideration
of some of these subjects in this message, to the end that this
Legislature and Executive in patriotic harmony may give the people what
they want. Those reoeiving no further elaboration speak for themselves
and are not intended to be minimized by failure of further mention.
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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/m1/4/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .