Official report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas Page: 93 of 94
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The following recommendations were approved by the Interim Committee:
9. Clarification of the Railroad Commission authority to require operators
to submit inclination and/or directional surveys, and giving the Railroad Commission
authority to test any well including pulling rods and tubing when there appears
to be good cause for requiring such tests.
10. A special fund should be appropriated and made available for use by the
House General Investigating Committee, or such other agency or department of the
state government that the Committee deems appropriate for use in conducting investigations
under such emergency conditions as this Committee found to exist in
the slant hole scandal. This fund would be subject to the disposition of the House
General Investigating Committee with the concurrence of the Speaker of the House
of Representatives. When such an emergency arises, this fund should be available
so that it will not be necessary to solicit contributions from private sources.
11. A cost of living salary increase is recommended for district attorneys.
This Committee recognizes that nothing can be more important than good law enforcement,
and it recognizes the tremendous increase in volume of work and responsibility
imposed on these officials and it is felt that the problems of the district
attorneys should be recognized and they should be compensated in accordance
with their duties and responsibilities.
12. In 1920 the budget of our state government was approximately $33,500,000.
Today it is in excess of $2,600,000,000. Because of the growth of government and
the attendant growth in taxing and spending, it is essential that the legislature have
a standing committee such as this one to serve as a constant watch-dog to protect
public funds from waste, public officials from corruption and to safeguard the
property and people of this state.
13. Because venue of certain stastte cases is placed by statute in Travis County,
it is recommended that the legislature authorize and pay the salary of an additional
assistant district attorney for Travis County.
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