Message of Governor T.M. Campbell to the first called session of the thirtieth legislature of Texas: together with the proclamation of the Governor convening the legislature in extra-ordinary session. Page: 6 of 8
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the charge shall be read to the jury on the conclusion of
the argument of counsel or on conclusion of the evidence, if
no arguments are to be made to the jury; and by law provide
further that all special charges or additional instructions proposed or
requested shall be prepared, submitted to opposing counsel for objection,
if any, and then delivered to the judge before the main charge is
read to the jury, and that all exceptions to the main charge or to the
giving or failure to give special charges shall be taken and the ground
of objection stated in writing and noted by the judge before the jury
retires, and that all errors in the charge or with respect to the special
charge not then assigned and again pointed out in motion for new trial,
shall be considered and held to have been waived, and shall not constitute
grounds for new trial or reversal unless fundamental. These
reforms would facilitate the business of the courts, meet the ends of
justice and relieve the higher courts of many appeals and save much
unnecessary annoyance and delays and lessen the expense to litigants
and to the counties and State."
MIy further recommendation upon this subject is that you enact laws
requiring the joining of issues and the closing of the pleading in the case
before the case is placed upon the jury docket of the court, and that
laws be en'acted authorizing verdicts to be rendered in the trial of civil
cases in the district courts on the concurrence of nine members of the
jury, and the last mentioned subject not having been placed in the
proclamation reassembling the Legislature, it is hereby presented for
vour consideration. These propositions were fully discussed and urged
throughout the campaign prior to the last election, and upon them this
platform demand No. 15 was based.
The unfortunate condition of the State's finances and the absence
of equality and uniformity in taxation make further revenue legislation
imperative. To the enactment of adequate laws to secure the just rendition
of all taxable property at its full value, we are in duty bound.
The needs of the State, the injustice of the present system to those
whose property is now upon the tax rolls, the Constitution and the
party pledge require adequate laws for the purpose, and this should
be speedily accomplished.
It should be the policy of the Legislature to secure an honest rendition
and assessment of all taxable property, so that every individual and
every enterprise and every corporation contribute a just share to the support
of the government, and no more, and when this is accomplished the
rate of taxation can be reduced both by the State and counties and with
full value as the basis for taxation, the equitable rule of equality and uniformity
is possible. In the end, higher values mean lower tax rates,
and honest renditions mean reduced tax burdens to those whose property
is now upon the tax rolls. At the Regular Session a law was
enacted which authorizes and requires a board composed of the Governor,
Comptroller of Public Accounts and State Treasurer to reduce
the rate of State taxation fixed by law when the total rendition will
justify such reduction. The State ad valorem tax rate has been
reduced from 20 cents to 16 2-3 cents for the present year, and when
the constitutional requirement is met and a fair rendition and assess
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Campbell, Thomas Mitchell. Message of Governor T.M. Campbell to the first called session of the thirtieth legislature of Texas: together with the proclamation of the Governor convening the legislature in extra-ordinary session., book, April 17, 1907; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5860/m1/6/: accessed January 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .