Initial messages of Governor W. P. Hobby to the thirty-sixth legislature, state of Texas: Jan. 14, 1919 and Jan. 22, 1919. Page: 8 of 32
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ment shows that there are at present
about ninety permanent warehouses
organized under the permanent Ware'house
and Marketing Law, and more
than 400 public warehouses that
come under the supervision of the
department. In addition to the supervision
of these warehouses, the department
has licensed more than
4,200 cotton gins, and inspected
more than 2,500 of this number. As
a result of the inspection of cotton
gins, the ginners are more careful in
turning out a good sample, and it is
estimated that something like $2.50
per bale has been added to the value
of the cotton ginned by them.
The report suggests an increase of
authority for the department in the
matter of enforcing the legal standards
of weights and measures. Your
attention is directed to this suggestion.
Department of Agriculture.
The biennial report of the Commissioner
makes recommendations for
your consideration. The Commissioner
makes recommendations for
several amendments ito the law which
will doubtless receive your attention.
State Revenue Agent.
The State Revenue Agent has filed
the department's last biennial repprt,
as the Thirty-fifth Legisature passed
a law under which the office will be
abolished January 15, 1919. The report
calls attention to the necessity
for the collection of the taxes under
Chapterg 1 and 2, Title 126, Revised
Civil Statutes and to certain amendments
which should be made in the
tax laws of the State.
Food and Drug Department.
Your attention is directed to the
report of the Food and Drug Commissioner.
This report shows the
number of places inspected, the number
of specimens of food and drugs
analyzed; the number of compaints
entered against all persons for violations
of the law relative to the
adulteration of foods and drugs; the
number of convictions secured and
the amount of fines imposed therefor.
The Commissioner states that
he has adopted the standards for
food products that were adopted by
the United States Department of
Agriculture for the enforcement of
the Food and Drug Act of June 30,
1906, insofar as they are applicable
to the Texas Food and Drug Law.
The subject of our prison system
and its administration is of such
vital importance that I shall communicate
to you by special message with
reference to its condition, and suggestions
designed for its benefit.
Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The annual repot of the Commissioner
of the Bureau of Labor Statistics
is commended to your attention
and perusal. The labor problemg incident
to the reconstuction, and particular
legislation favored by the
Labor Commissioner are matters set
forth in this report.
The Labor ,Commissioner states
that conditions growing out of the
war have made urgent correctional
amendments to the Child Labor law,
the "Fifty-four Hour". law, and the
Mothers' Pension law, and the enactment
of a minimum wage law and
upon these measures I invite your
No more important duty is before
the Legislature than the enactment
of laws which will safeguard the
rights, efficiency and health of the
laborer and render him more contented
and effective in the great duties
which lay before him at thir
time. Measures to improve the conditions
under which women work
should receive greater attention because
of the largely increased number
of women workers in Texas.
Other State Departments.
In addition to the various State
departments to which your attention
has been called in this message,
I ask your consideration of the reports
which have been filed by several
other departments, but which
are not accessible to this office, since
they are in the hands of the printer.
The reports will be printed and before
you within a short time. Among
this number are the following: Department
of Education, Public Buildings
and Grounds, Board of Pardon
Advisers, Commissioner of Insurance
and Banking, Fire Insurance
Commission, Industrial Accident
Library, Live Stock
Sanitary Commission, State Reclamation
Department, Texas Confederdate
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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/m1/8/: accessed June 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .