Messages of Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas to the thirty-seventh legislature Page: 23 of 36
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State and the defendant may have a fair and impartial trial, may on
evidence introduced by the Attorney General, remove from office any
officer who wilfully and corruptly fails or refuses to enforce the law.
Third. Amending the prohibition law so that the verdict of a jury
convicting the seller of intoxicants, after hearing the testimony of the
purchaser of such liquor, and the evidence of all the circumstances
surrounding the sale, will be legal and will be sustained in the Court
of Appeals. In other words, such an amendment as that, if a jury,
after hearing all the testimony of the one who bought the whiskey
and after understanding the relations of the seller and the buyer,
and after hearing all the facts surrounding the sale, believe the defendant
is guilty and convicts him, the Court of Criminal Appeals
will not be forced by a mere technicality of law to reverse the case,
as it is now compelled to do. Such a law as is here suggested is a
part of the local option law and is now also a part of the gambling
law, and is now in practical operation in the prosecution of offenders
'under these laws. We now seek its application to the present Statewide
prohibition law, in order that this law, adopted by the people,
may be effectively enforced.
Fourth. The correction of defects in the statutory law and in the
procedure of the courts that will make punishment more certain to all
those who trample beneath their feet the honor, the dignity, and the
majesty of the written law.
PROGRAM OF ECONOMY AND EFFICIENCY IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF
I shall also submit for your judgment and action a program of
economy and efficiency in regard to the administration of our State
government, among other things, the following:
First. The passage of a law that will put the work of the Market
and, Warehouse Department under the supervision of the Department
of Agriculture, where it belongs, and where it can be made to
serve more efficiently the agricultural interests of the State. Similar
laws will be recommended providing for the abolishment of the State
Mining Board, the State Tax Board, the State Agricultural Sub-station
Board, the State Tax Commission, and other boards and commissions
that duplicate and overlap each other in the work of the
State, providing in said laws that the useful work done by these
boards and bureaus shall be transferred to other departments of the
State government where said work can be more efficiently and more
Second. The enactment of a law that will protect the State from
a wicked waste of money through the medium of the extravagant
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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/m1/23/: accessed May 30, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .