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: 5 of 27
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The professional lobbyist, the hired instrument of selfish schemes,
is a menace to the people and a public enemy. The unwary are his game,
and the people are his victims. The right of petition should never be
denied, but abuse of this right should not be tolerated. Intolerable
delays of wholesome legislation and great and unnecessary expense to the
State too often result from such abuse. When the welfare of any community,
or that of any legitimate association or organization of
individuals, is involved in any proposed legislation, its officers and
its committees are guaranteed an open, full and fair hearing by
the genius of our institutions. When the rights of an individual
are believed by him to be imperiled he should be heard, and
when the interests of corporations and other legitimate business enterprises
are involved in any proposed legislation those directly in charge
of such enterprise and most familiar with the affairs in hand can, with
propriety, be heard, and the public weal will be best subserved when
full and ample justice is done. The manner of these hearings, the procedure
and necessary limitations with respect thereto should be provided.
Lobbying by public officers, appointees and employes of the State should
be prohibited, and the corruptionists, those who by deceit and favors
seek to defeat just laws, and for hire seek to fasten unwholesome policies
upon the people, should be by effective laws driven from this capitol
I most earnestly recommend the immediate passage, with the emergency
clause, so that the present Legislature and the people may have
the immediate benefit of it, of a measure which shall make it unlawful
for any persons other than the members of the Legislature or the Governor
of the State to attempt to influence any legislator in voting upon
any question, or to vote for or.against any measure, otherwise than by
appearing before a committee when in session, by newspaper publication,
public addresses, written or printed petitions, statements, arguments or
briefs, and a specified number of copies of said petitions, statements,.arguments
or briefs, shall be first filed with the Secretary of State subject
to public inspection; and, further, that no officer, employe or agent of
the State or of the United States shall attempt, directly or indirectly,
to influence a member of the Legislature in voting upon any question
or to vote for or against any measure affecting the pecuniary interest
of such person except in the manner suggested above.
As is well known to all who have witnessed or participated in the
proceedings of the Legislature while in session, one of the chief embarrassments
and impediments to the orderly and easy dispatch of business
is the presence upon the floor of the two houses of great numbers
of lobbyists, visitors and sightseers, whose movements and conversations
create such disturbance and confusion as to materially interrupt
and retard business. In the construction of the capitol these persons
have been amply provided for at a great expense by extensive and comfortable
galleries, which, under the present practice, have rarely an
occupant. I, therefore, recommend to you that by the same measure
it be made unlawful for any person other than members of the Legislature,
State officials, employes and officers of both houses and duly
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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/m1/5/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .