Initial messages of Governor W. P. Hobby to the thirty-sixth legislature, state of Texas: Jan. 14, 1919 and Jan. 22, 1919. Page: 1 of 32

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January 14, 1919
January 22, 1919

Message From the Governor.
Governor's Office,
Austin, Texas, Jan. 14, 1919.
To the Thirty-sixth Legislature in
Regular Session Assembled:
In accordance with Article 4, Section
9, of the Constitution, it is my
privilege to communicate with you as
to the condition of the State, recommending
certain legislation, rendering
an account of public moneys received
and paid out by me as Governor,.
and to provide you with an estimate
of the amount of money which
shall be required for the maintenance
of the State Government for all purposes.
I shall reserve for a later communication,
at the beginning of my
regular term, specific recommendations
with respect to several vital
subjects of legislation which in my
judgment demand the most serious
consideration at your hands.
It is in order at this time to refer
briefly to the record of the present
administration, since I became the
constitutional Governor, September
25, 1917.
Laws of the Thirty-fifth Legislature.
The Thirty-fifth Legislature was in
session in its Second Called Session
when I assumed the duties as Acting
Governor of the State, August 25,
1917. This session expired by limitation
of law on August 30, 1917.
Due to the fact that the Legislature
was engaged in important duties, and
for necessities enumerated in the
proclamation re-convening it, the
Legislature convened in its Third

Called Session August 31, 1917, and
remained in session one month.
During the Third Called Session
the Legislature enacted many laws
which will prove beneficial to the
people of Texas. A few of them will
be enumerated.
The country being in a state of
war, the Legislature passed a law for
the relief of soldiers and sailors in
the service of the United States by
providing that they shall not be required
to answer to the merits of a
demand sued upon them while actively
engaged as a soldier or sailor
in the war; requiring them to answer
within 90 days after the signing of
the treaty of peace between the
United States and Germany. The object
of the Legislature in this act was
two fold, viz.: to protect the interests
of the
soldier who was fighting for
us, and, to relieve his mind of the
worry and uneasiness which might
greatly interfere with his work.
It became apparent that the Thirty-fifth
Legislature, in its zeal for
promoting the cause of edncation
had authorized the establishment of
more educational institutions than
could have been paid for by the revenues
which tihe State could have
received during the current biennium
within the constitutional limit of taxation.
Accordingly, upon my suggestion,
a bill was passed, repealing
an act passed by the Regular Session
of the Thirty-fifth Legislature, establishing
a branch of the Agricultural
and Mechanical College in Western
Texas, also repealing a law of
the Regular Session of the Thirty

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Hobby, W. P. Initial messages of Governor W. P. Hobby to the thirty-sixth legislature, state of Texas: Jan. 14, 1919 and Jan. 22, 1919., book, 1919; Austin, Texas. ( accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; .