Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislative Council:

An Inventory of Records Concerning the Constitutional Convention of 1974 at the Texas State Archives, 1973-1976



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. Legislative Council.
Title: Records concerning the Constitutional Convention of 1974
Dates: 1973-1976
Abstract: These records are drafts of convention rules, drafts of articles and sections of the constitution, minutes, budgets, legislation and bill analyses, intra-agency memoranda and correspondence, questionnaires, comparative analyses and subject index to the constitution, publications and printed matter, drafts of articles for publication and other staff papers, and press releases dating from 1973 to 1976. The records document the Texas Legislative Council's assistance to the Constitutional Convention of 1974, the Senate Standing Committee on the Texas Constitution, and the Special Joint Committee on Constitutional Implementation.
Quantity: 8 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

On March 1, 1949, during the Regular Session of the 51st Texas Legislature, Senate Bill 316 was introduced, providing for the creation of the Texas Legislative Council. During the period that these records cover, the Legislative Council was composed of seventeen members: the President of the Senate (ex officio), the Speaker of the House (ex officio), five senators, and ten representatives. Senators were appointed by the Senate President, i.e., the Lieutenant Governor; representatives by the House Speaker. An Executive Director was selected by the entire membership.

Responsibilities of the Council include the investigation of agencies and officers of the state and statutory revision without substantive change. The Council is authorized to sit between legislatures and is assisted by a large staff. During the legislative session, upon the request of a member or committee, Council staff will draft legislation and reports. In addition, staff members may testify before committees and prepare written statements. Under the general direction of the executive director, the staff is organized into five major divisions: Administration, Legal, Research, Document Production, and Information Systems.

From September 1974 until December 1975, the Texas Legislative Council participated in the constitutional revision process through a temporary Office of Constitutional Research.


Scope and Contents of the Records

These records are drafts of convention rules, drafts of articles and sections of the constitution, minutes, budgets, legislation and bill analyses, intra-agency memoranda and correspondence, questionnaires, comparative analyses and a subject index to the constitution, publications and printed matter, drafts of articles for publication and other staff papers, and press releases dating from 1973 to 1976. The records document the Texas Legislative Council's assistance to the Constitutional Convention of 1974, the Senate Standing Committee on the Texas Constitution, and the Special Joint Committee on Constitutional Implementation.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into two series:
Draft rules of the Constitutional Convention of 1974, 1973, 0.5 cubic ft.
Office of Constitutional Research records, 1974-1976, 7.5 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Legislature. Committee on the Texas Constitution.
Texas. Legislature. Special Joint Committee on Constitutional Implementation.
Subjects:
Constitutions--Texas.
Constitutional conventions--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Constitution.
Document Types:
Drafts (documents)--Texas--Constitutions--1973-1976.
Minutes--Texas--Constitutions--1973-1976.
Budgets--Texas--Constitutions--1973-1976.
Legislative records--Texas--Constitutions--1973-1976.
Memorandums--Texas--Constitutions--1973-1976.
Correspondence--Texas--Constitutions--1973-1976.
Indexes--Texas--Constitutions--1973-1976.
Press releases--Texas--Constitutions--1973-1976.
Publications--Texas--Constitutions--1973-1976.
Questionnaires--Texas--Constitutions--1973-1976.
Functions:
Developing Texas constitutions.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Constitutional Convention of 1974, Records, 1973-1974, 153 cubic ft.
Constitutional Convention of 1875, Records, 1875, 0.5 cubic ft.
Constitutional Revision Commission, Records, 1973-1974, 77 cubic ft.
Texas Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Records, 1971-1989, 29 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Records concerning the Constitutional Convention of 1974, Texas Legislative Council. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1976/064, 1979/023

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Council on January 1, 1976 and October 20, 1978.

Processing Information

Michael R. Green, November 1983


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Draft rules of the Constitutional Convention of 1974, 1973,
0.5 cubic ft.

This series consists entirely of rules drafted in 1973 by the Texas Legislative Council for the 1974 Constitutional Convention. These records complement later drafts of rules prepared during the convention.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Draft rules of the Constitutional Convention of 1974, Records concerning the Constitutional Convention of 1974, Texas Legislative Council. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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1979/023-1 Constitutional Convention Rules - drafts, 1973



 

Office of Constitutional Research records, 1974-1976,
7.5 cubic ft.

From September 1974 until December 1975, the Texas Legislative Council participated in the constitutional revision process through a temporary Office of Constitutional Research. Types of records include drafts of articles and sections of the constitution, minutes, budgets, legislation and bill analyses, intra-agency memoranda and correspondence, questionnaires, comparative analyses and a subject index to the constitution, publications and printed matter, drafts of articles for publication and other staff papers, and press releases. The records date from 1974 to 1976.
Requests for information or proposals for constitutional change were channeled to the Office of Constitutional Research, which also provided research assistance to the Senate Standing Committee on the Texas Constitution and the Special Joint Committee on Constitutional Implementation. The 1974-1975 revision process focused on simplification without substantive change. Various approaches were considered: article-by-article revision of the constitution, single resolution revision, constitutional simplification with interlocking articles, and a citizens' constitutional convention.
Subjects associated with the records include: bankruptcy, city and county government, education, elections, Executive Department, judiciary, legislative procedures in Texas and other states, minority representation in the revision process, modes of amending the constitution, special districts, and state agencies and their creation.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Office of Constitutional Research records, Records concerning the Constitutional Convention of 1974, Texas Legislative Council. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Office of Constitutional Research, 1974-1975
64th Legislature - Files on Impeachment:
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4-25/354 Important correspondence - Impeachment
Impeachment Related Materials
[Rules; form resolutions, oaths for use in trial, possible changes in special rules of impeachment, possible schedule of events]
Carillo's Pleas in District Court
Forms of Impeachment
Bits and Pieces - Impeachment Book
Letter from Terry Doyle, Counsel to the Board of Managers
Possible changes in Special Rule
New Media Resolution
The Resolution - Special Rules - Testimony
Forms of Subpoenas and Compensation
64th Legislature - Simplification:
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4-25/349 Official Drafts of Simplification - Hutchinson to Gammage
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4-25/350 Simplification - Hutchinson to Gammage
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4-25/351 Patman (Senate Joint Resolution)
Reynolds - ACIR Simplification
Ribak - CRC Document - Joint Resolution
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4-15/338 Side-by-Side Comparison of Proposed Constitution with Present Constitution
Working Papers and First Drafts of Side-by-Side Comparison
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4-25/339 The United States -- Excluding its Environs
[Information gathered from other states regarding constitutional revision]
Calling a Brand New Convention:
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4-25/340 Authority of the Texas Legislature to Call a Constitutional Convention
Price's Convention
Meier's Constitutional Convention
Coleman's Con-Con
Mauzy's Constitutional Convention
Clark's Con-Con
Gammage's Convention
Election Laws
1919 Concurrent Resolution Calling Con-Con
1875 Joint Resolution Calling Con-Con
Committees on Constitution:
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4-25/341 House Committee
Senate Committee
Either/Both/or Neither House or Senate Committees
Subject Index to Proposed Constitution
Constitutions to be Sent:
[Correspondence, working papers -- distribution of information]
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4-25/341 Tabloids Sent
Constitutions Sent
The Two Amendments That Passed
[SJR 3 and HJR (House Joint Resolution) 6]
Information Packet on Proposed Constitution
Xeroxed "original" of Packet on Proposed Constitution
The Constitution in Spanish and Pertinent Information Regarding Distribution
HB (House Bill) 1134 - Numbering Ballot
Publicizing/Publication - Whatever
Sample Ballots
Vote on SJR 11
Enrolled SJR 11
Amendments to SJR 11
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4-25/342 SJR 11 - House Second Printing
SJR 11 - House First Printing
Committee Amendment [SJR 11]
[two folders]
Amendments to SJR 11
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4-25/343 General Information - Revision by Amendment
Amendments on More than One Subject - Draft
Effect Dates of Amendments
Equal Rights Amendment
Miscellaneous Amendments
Comparison of SJR 11 with Single-Shots
Individual Article Submissions
Education:
Simplification - Article VII
Public School Financing
Coleman - Exempting Petroleum Tax
Kubiak - Revision of Article VII
Executive:
McKinnon Amendment - Article IV, Section 12
Simplification - Article IV
In Case of Emergency - Article IV
Finance:
Water Bonds
Simplification - Article VIII
Coleman - Exempting Petroleum Manufacturing Tax from Highway Fund
Munson - Article VIII
Grant Jones - Article VIII
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4-25/344 General Provisions:
Simplification - Article X
Pari-Mutuel Betting - Gambling
The Judiciary:
Index to Judicial Provision of Proposed Constitution
Judiciary Side-by-Side Comparison
[comparison of Judiciary Articles written by the Constitution Convention, the Constitutional Revision Commission and the Chief Justice's Task Force]
Chief Justice's Task Force
[revised Judiciary Article]
Simplification - Article V
The Legislature:
Article III
[draft bill prepared for Senator Sherman]
Simplification - Article III
State Agencies - Renewals
[draft bill]
Local Government:
Simplification - Article IX
Kaster - Article IX
[draft bill]
Rights and Suffrage:
Simplification - Articles II and VI
Simplification - Article XI
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4-25/345 Lieutenant Governor Correspondence
Correspondence - Incoming, General Correspondence
Organizations with Whom We Corresponded More or Less Frequently:
Texas Bar Association
The Infamous John Bebout Folder
Texas Research League
Correspondence - Outgoing:
Constitutional Revision Task Force
CRC Mailout, September 30, 1974
General Correspondence
Letter to Citizens Interested in Constitutional Revision
Letter to 63rd Legislature
CRC Meeting, October 4, 1974
Mail Out of Hutchison's Simplification
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4-25/346 Correspondence - R. Steve Bickerstaff
Correspondence - R. Steve Bickerstaff, September - December, 1974
Correspondence - re: Travel to Explain Proposed Constitution
Nelson Wolff
Employees
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4-25/347 Gammage - Article-by-Article
[Drafts of Bill submitting an article-by-article revision of the constitution prepared for Senator Bob Gammage]
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4-25/348 Committee Amendment (Gammage)
More Gammage
Gammage-A.G. - Work Drafts
The A.G.'s Gammage
[Working drafts of article-by-article submission of constitution]
Articles, Publications, Etc.:
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4-25/352 Alternatives for Revision
Kerry's Analysis
[Summary Analysis of Proposed Constitution]
Pros and Cons
New! Improved!! Substantive and Non-Substantive Changes SR 32 and SJR 11
Differences Between SJR 1 and SJR 11 and Con-Con SR 32
Southwest Law Journal Article
[Proposed Constitution for Texas]
Steve's Big Article on Article VIII
Patman's Newsletters to Constituents on Constitution
Proposed Revision - Article for LBJ School of Public Affairs by Janice C. May
Institute for Urban Studies Articles on Proposed Constitution
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4-25/353 Analysis of Comptroller's Report
Legislative Budget Board Report on Fiscal Implications of Proposed Constitution
Bar Journal Article
[Multi-Amendment Revision of the Texas Constitution
Summary Comparison - Fiscal Implications of Proposed Constitution
Newspaper Coverage
Why Farmers/Teachers/Elderly Should be For the Proposed Constitution
Good BS and Better BS - Press Releases
Judge Calvert's Analysis of Proposed Constitution
Speeches:
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4-25/353 McKnight's Anti-Constitution Speeches
Lieutenant Governor's Speeches for San Antonio
The Ultimate in BS - Speeches
[Sample speeches on proposed constitution]
Election Results, November 4, 1975
Senate Standing Committee on the Texas Constitution, 64th Legislature, 1975
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4-25/332 Committee Meetings and Hearings Schedule
Committee Minutes
Subcommittee on Rules
Proposals on Possible Rule Changes for House and Senate Subcommittees
Joint Rule on Constitutional Conference Committee
Committee Budget Approval
Scripts of Committee Testimonies
House Committee and Chairmen
House members of Constitutional Revision Committee
Administration Procedure
Senate Budget (Committee)
SJR's Referred to Committee
Requests for Hearings
Senators SJR Hearing Requests
SJR Bill Analyses
HJR Bill Analyses
Fiscal Note Requests
SJR Fiscal Note
Committee Testimonies
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4-25/333 Comparisons of Major Differences of Finance Provisions of SJR 1, SJR 11 and SJR 39
Materials Relating to SJR 1 and SJR 11
Committee Substitute SJR 11
Package for CSSJR 11 with information on Separate Articles
SJR First House Printing, April 2, 1975
SJR's and Status Under SJR 11
House Committee Amendments to Committee Sub. HJR #56
Nonsubstantive Changes Between SR #32 and SJR Subst. #11
Substantive Changes Between SR #32 and SJR Subst. #11
SJR 1 review of Basic Constitutional Document Considered by Con-Con
Senate Committee Final Floor Reports
[Blue draft]
Senate Local and Uncontested Calendar 64th Session - Admin. Committee
Supply Receipts
SJR's Referred to Senate Committee List from Calendar Clerk
Odds and Ends
Senate Joint Resolutions:
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4-25/334 2 (Adams)
5 (Harrington)
6 (Mengden)
7 (Mengden)
8 (Schwartz)
9 (Ogg)
10 (Mengden)
15 (Gammage)
19 (Gammage)
22 (Mengden)
23 (Mengden)
24 (Gammage)
25 (Traeger)
26 (Lombardino)
27 (Doggett)
28 (Mengden)
29 (Mengden)
30 (McKinnon)
31 (Mengden)
32 (Lombardino)
33 (Braecklin)
35 (Mengden)
36 (Williams)
37 (Lombardino)
38 (Parman, Farabee)
39 (Jones)
41 (Longoria)
42 (Clower)
44 (Clower)
45 (Traeger)
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4-25/335 46 (Ogg)
47 (Traeger)
48 (Mengden)
49 (Sherman)
50 (Schwartz)
53 (Braecklein)
55 (Jones)
56 (Ogg)
58 (McKnight)
60 (Jones)
61 (Jones)
63 (Traeger)
SCR 55 (Gammage)
HJR 6 (Munson)
HB 1134 (Hutchison-Gammage)
SB 99 (Meier)
SB 114 (Gammage)
SB 1048 (Gammage)
Special Joint Committee on Constitutional Implementation
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4-25/336 List of Committee members and their addresses; Members assigned to subcommittees
Memo on the Creation of Subcommittees with Resolutions No. 1 and 2
Memo on Rules for the Committee plus attachment
Memo and List of Public Officials and Organizations Affected by the Proposed Constitution
Memo and attachments on Areas of Implementation of the Proposed Constitution
Memo and Attachment on Substantive Changes Made in the Text of the Constitution Between Convention Submission Resolution No. 32 and Senate Joint Resolution No. 11
Letters from Tom Reavley and William Wells in which they accept to assist committee
Letter and enclosed materials: (1) Legislation passed by the 64th Legislature, Regular Session, contingent on adoption of one or more of the amendments to be noted on in November 1975; and (2) A report on Possible Items of Implementation indicating the items according to their need as determined by the staff.
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4-25/337 General File
Correspondence
Committee Budget
Committee Rules
Memo - Areas of Implementation
Memo - Pertinent Legislation - 64th Legislature and Possible Items of Implementation
Working Drafts - Priority Legislation
Subcommittee on Articles II, III, IV, VI, and XI:
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4-25/337 Correspondence
Article II
Article III
Article IV
Article VI
Article XI
Bills on Articles II, III, IV, VI, and XI, September 25
Working Drafts - Bills on Articles II, III, IV, VI, and XI
Subcommittee on Articles V and IX:
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4-25/337 Correspondence
General Information
Article V
Article IX
Subcommittee on Articles VII, VII, and X:
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4-25/337 General Information
Article VII
Article VIII
Article X
Texas Constitutional Convention, 1974
Materials used by R. Steve Bickerstaff during floor debates of the Submission and Transition Committee [also called the Transition and Submission Committee] meetings:
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4-25/331 Hutchinson's Simplification
Gammage's SJR 11, SCR 55
Transition Schedule - Suffrage
Materials from the 63rd Legislature
Miscellaneous bits and pieces
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4-25/335 Materials on the Education Article - Education Committee - Transition
Transition Schedule: Finance, Suffrage, Local Government, General Provisions, Legislative, Judiciary, Executive
Transition Schedule Amendments
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4-25/329 Appropriations: Appropriations, Highway Fund, Revenue Estimation, Special Funds, Highway user revenues, Public Purposes, Pension and Retirement Systems
Limitations on the Use of Government Revenue
Tax and Revenue Control
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4-25/326 Finance Article: Convention State Debt, State Debt, Convention Local Government Debt, Debt Approval Process, Assessment of Agricultural Property, Income Tax, Property Tax, Public School Financing, Property Tax Reform, Property Tax Exemptions, Railroad Rolling Stock, Occupation Taxes
Constitutional Limitations on Taxation
Tax Property in Texas
Educational or Charitable exemptions
State Constitutions - Materials on the Constitutional Convention in Louisiana
Some Style and Drafting
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4-25/330 Simplification:
Articles II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI
Transition Schedule
Needed Changes from ACIR Simplification
Miscellaneous - AG or Court Cases
Materials on Louisiana Convention
Constitutional Convention - Enabling Legislation
SB 99 - Senator Meier
Files used by R. Steve Bickerstaff during floor debate:
General Provisions Article:
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4-25/328 Coastal Resources
Homestead
Conservation Section
Article X, Section 5
Article X, Section 8
Community Property
Rights of the Handicapped
Article VI
Article X, Section 6
General Provisions - Working Papers
[two folders]
Right-to-Work
Article X, Section 16
Article X, Section 21
Article X, Section 22
Article X, Section 23
Article X, Section 25
Floor Amendments
Committee Report
Finance Article:
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4-25/327 Finance Committee - Constitutional Convention
Sec. 1, Taxation
Sec. 2, Ad Valorem Taxation
Income Tax
Sec. 3, Appraisal for Land Preservation
Sec. 4, Ad Valorem Tax Exemptions
Sec. 5, Ad Valorem Tax Appeals
Sec. 6, Allocations and Uses of Certain Revenues
Sec. 7, State Debt
Sec. 8, Appropriations
Sec. 9, Public Funds
Sec. 10, Public Purposes
Sec. 11, Report of Dedicated Funds
Sec. 12, Assistance Payments Limitations
Miscellaneous Comments on Language
Miscellaneous Suggested Language - Computer Print-Outs
Sec. 10, Education Article
Finance Committee Votes
Deleted Materials
Miscellaneous