Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 22 of 36
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Austin, Texas, March 12, 1921,
To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Texas
Proposed Outline of Dear Co-workers: Fifty-three days of cornWork
for Special radeship and counsel have swiftly glided by
Session, since we became by law comrades-in-arms to
fight the battles of peace for a clean, efficient
and economical government in Texas. During these busy days
laws have been written by the pen of legislation into the statutes
of the State which will no doubt be helpful and of far-reaching
service to the people. You have by your votes named this day
for final adjournment. No appropriation having been made for
the maintenance of the government for the next two years necessitates
a reconvening, at a later date, of your honorable body in
a special session. On account of the shortness of the regular session,
the multitudinous bills introduced, the crowded condition of your legislative
calendar, in connection with other causes, you were precluded
from a careful and thorough consideration of some legislative matters
of interest and State-wide importance. A full and free discussion of
legislative questions by and with the people is conducive to wholesome
legislation. In ancient times those who enacted laws did not think
of nor consult with those who were to live under and support the laws.
That day has happily and forever passed. We all get helpful
ideas and wholesome suggestions as to the wise course to pursue
in matters of state by talking to and consulting with the people.
In order, therefore, that all the people, those who are to make the
laws and those who are to obey and uphold the laws, may have
plenty of time to seriously and thoroughly consider, individually and
collectively, as to what is the wise and helpful thing to do in regard
to legislative matters at our coming special session, I deem it proper,
even at this early date, to say that when we come together in extraordinary
session, I shall submit to you for your deliberation a law
enforcement program, among other things, the following:
LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM.
First. The absolute repeal of the suspended sentence law.
Second. The enactment of a law providing that a competent court
and jury, in a jurisdiction outside of local influences where both the
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Neff, Pat M. Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature, book, 1921; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5871/m1/22/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .