Initial messages of Governor W. P. Hobby to the thirty-sixth legislature, state of Texas: Jan. 14, 1919 and Jan. 22, 1919. Page: 23 of 32
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gOVERNORS MESSAQS.be expended to .e t thjese emergencies, thus giving the State the bene c fit of cash priesa for supplies and labor iP th# . erCpici4c , If this t action is t ken by the Legislature, and the present statute repealed, not 1 oaly will the State be benefited, but I the constitutionality of the act will be insured, relieving a doubt as to the validity of the present law. (e) State Depository Law. The Thirty-fifth Legislature, in its fourth called session, enacted a State depository law. For reasons enumerated in the proclamation of veto, I felt in duty bound to disapprove the bill. I can not let this ocasion pass without expressing to you my desire that you will enact a depository law which will be adequate for the demands of the State. (f) Free Text Book Amendment. It devolves upon your body to provide ways and means for putting into effect the recently adopted amendments giving free text books to the school children of Texas. Women on Managing Boards of. State Educational and Eleemosynary Institutions. Believing it will be a step in tht direction of efficiency and progress I recommend the passage of such amendments to the laws as will permit the appointment of women on the boards of managers ,of State educational and eleemosynary institutions. Investigating Committee of the Thirty-fifth Legislature. The Thirty-fifth Legislature, at its third called session, provided for the appointment of an investigating committee whose duties were defined by resolutions authorizing the committee. As a result of their labors, a report of the recommendations was filed with me and with the Legisl,ature. I commend this report to the closest perusal and highest consideration of your body. It contains much information and many valuable suggestions, but I will not undertake a. detailed review of the report. I have the untmost confidence in your ability, your purpose and the efforts you will put forth to improve the service, and doubtless, after you give this report the careful study of vwich you are capable, and thresh out through. the medium of diseeadion the conclusions whlCh the cornnittee arrived tt, you ill, in your combined wisdom, be able to adopt :hat which will better the administration of the State government. I :ommend tbs report, therefore, to your early attention and, unless the unexpected should happen and result in the enactment by you of that which in my judgment would be injurious to the public service, I shall sanction and approve the conclusions you reach. District Courts. I urge the Legislature to make a careful inquiry into the departments of the State government and the functions they are performing, to the end that your body may abolish those offices and departments wjiich are useless and unnecessary and which burden the taxpayers of the State. To transfer one department from another does not necessarily mean economy. In fact, it is frequently camouflage to use such method of abolishing an office. Where a transfer of the duties of one department to another would better tne service, that method is commendable; but when it is found feasible to abolish an office it should be abolished without substituting for it that wnicn will also cQnstitute an expense; I wish to call particular attention to the District Courts of the State, and to recommend the appointment by you of a special comiittee to investigate and report upon such courts as may be dispensed with, and especially in instances where the public service may not suffer by causing increased duties to fall upon another District Court. It is my opinion that quite a saving can be effected for the taxpayers by abolishing useless and unnecessary District Courts. Conclusion. Until the armistice was signed by the accredited representatives of this Government, November 11th, 1918, the guiding desire of this adminiztration was to render the State of Texas available to its maximum efficiency in every enterprise having for its end the winning of the war. I feel that by the laws many of you assisted in passing you have wrought well in making that ambition a reality. It
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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. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5863/m1/23/: accessed April 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .