Texas Commission to Revise, Codify, and Annotate the Statutes of Texas:
An Inventory of Commission to Revise, Codify, and Annotate the Statutes of Texas Reports at the Texas State Archives, 1911
The Texas Commission to Revise, Codify, and Annotate the Statutes of Texas was created in 1909 by House Bill 182, 31st Texas Legislature, Regular Session. The commission was to revise and digest the civil and criminal laws of Texas. The governor appointed three commissioners, "who shall be learned in the law", with the advice and consent of the Senate - James. G. Dudley, R.B. Minor, and H.G. Robertson. The commissioners, plus a stenographer, were tasked with organizing the laws, correcting typographical errors, and clarifying the laws where necessary, without altering the meaning of the laws. The commission was to report the results of their work before the meeting of the 32nd Legislature in the form of two bills; one for civil statutes and one for criminal laws. The commission was given an original appropriation of $15,000. Later, additional funds were provided from several sources, including the Deficiency Fund. Upon completing its task, the Commission appears to have ceased to exist.
(Sources include: House Bill 182, 31st Legislature, Regular Session at Legislative Reference Library of Texas and Senate Journal: 31st Legislature, Third Called Session, Wednesday, July 27, 1910 at Senate Journals, Legislative Reference Library of Texas, both accessed April 18, 2017; and the records themselves.)
In 1909, House Bill 182, 31st Legislature, Regular Session created the Commission to Revise, Codify, and Annotate the Statutes of Texas to revise and digest the civil and criminal laws of Texas. These records are comprised of two reports, believed to be from 1911, and a 1911 letter. The reports document significant changes and amendments to the statutes of Texas. They do not record the numerous changes and corrections to clerical and typographic errors, errors of verbiage, or adaptations in language. One report is addressed to Governor Thomas Campbell; a letter from Governor O.B. Colquitt to Secretary of State C.C. McDonald transmits the report addressed to Governor Campbell to the file in the Secretary of State's office. A second and more detailed report is addressed to Governor Colquitt.
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.
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Accession number: 2000/154
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at some point during the early 20th century. The transferor is undetermined, though the records, or at least one copy of them, appear to have been in the custody of the Texas Secretary of State. For control purposes, an accession number was assigned on May 23, 2000.
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