Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, House of Representatives:

An Inventory of Representative Warren Chisum Records at the Texas State Archives, 1989-2011, undated



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives.
Title: Representative Warren Chisum records
Dates: 1989-2011, undated
Abstract: The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas Senate), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section I) vests with all legislative power of the state. Representative Warren Chisum's records document his representation of House District 84 (1989-1993) and House District 88 (1993-2013) through bill files and office files. Types of records include bill drafts and analyses, fiscal notes, correspondence, testimonies, news clippings, legislative summaries, research reports, memorandums, committee reports and publications such as newsletters and brochures. Records date from 1989 to 2011, undated.
Quantity: 4 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas Senate), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section 1) vests with all legislative power of the state. The primary legislative power is enacting laws, and the most visible function of the legislature is to make public policy through drafting, considering, and passing bills and resolutions. Biennially, the House of Representatives elects a speaker from its membership to serve as its presiding officer. The House of Representatives consists of 150 representatives elected in even-numbered years for two-year terms. A representative must be at least 21 years old, a qualified voter, and a resident of Texas for at least two years and of the district represented for at least one year immediately preceding election.

In addition to legislative powers, the legislature exercises other types of authority. Constituent powers include the ability to alter the state constitution, and the members' authority to exercise powers of attorney in behalf of their constituents. Directory and supervisory powers allow the legislature to regulate the state's administrative machinery, made up of boards, commissions, and departments that conduct the affairs of state. The legislature establishes and funds these bodies and defines their functions. Executive powers of each house include selection of legislative officers, employees, and chairs and members of committees. Investigative powers are exercised through the formation of standing, special, interim, and joint committees to study an issue. House committees are usually charged with a particular purpose by the speaker, although this may also be accomplished by a resolution adopted by the house. Each legislative house holds judicial powers over its members, including punishing or expelling members for cause.

The legislature meets in regular session on the second Tuesday in January of odd-numbered years and in special sessions when convened by the governor. The length of the regular session is limited to 140 days. Special sessions are limited to 30 days, but the number of special sessions that may be called is not limited. Only legislative matters submitted by the governor may be considered in special session. All legislative sessions, except for the senate's executive session, are open. Neither house may, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days or move to a place other than where the legislature is sitting. Two-thirds of each house constitutes a quorum, the number of members required to conduct business. If a quorum is not present, a smaller number may vote to adjourn and compel absent members to attend. The house is required to keep and publish a journal of its proceedings and to record the vote on any question on which three members who are present demand an actual count of yeas and nays.

The House of Representatives functions through committees set up under its own rules. The house maintains more standing committees than the senate. By custom the speaker appoints standing, special, and conference committees, although the house is free to designate its own method of selection. Under the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1961, the committee system was expanded, and provisions were made whereby standing, special, and general investigating committees created by each body could function whether or not the legislature was in session. As of 2014, the house has 38 standing committees: Agriculture and Livestock; Appropriations; Business and Industry; Calendars; Corrections; County Affairs; Criminal Jurisprudence; Culture, Recreation, and Tourism; Defense and Veterans' Affairs; Economic and Small Business Development; Elections; Energy Resources; Environmental Regulation; General Investigating and Ethics; Government Efficiency and Reform; Higher Education; Homeland Security and Public Safety; House Administration; Human Services; Insurance; International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs; Investments and Financial Services; Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence; Land and Resource Management; Licensing and Administrative Procedures; Local and Consent Calendars; Natural Resources; Pensions; Public Education; Public Health; Redistricting; Rules and Resolutions; Special Purpose Districts; State Affairs; Technology; Transportation; Urban Affairs; and Ways and Means.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); Legislative Reference Library of Texas website (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/index.cfm), accessed September 30, 2014; and the records themselves.)

Biographical Sketch

Texas Representative Warren Chisum, a Democrat-turned-Republican from Pampa, served twelve terms in the House of Representatives from the 71st(1989) through the 82nd Texas Legislature (2011), representing House District 84 from 1989 to 1993 and House District 88 from 1993 to 2013. District boundaries changed multiple times during Chisum's tenure as did his party affiliation between the 74th (1995) and 75th (1997) legislative sessions. When Chisum left office, his district was comprised of Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lamb, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Parmer, Roberts, Swisher and Wheeler counties.

Chisum was born in 1938 near Miami, Texas and has lived in Pampa for most of his life. Prior to his service in the House of Representatives, Chisum worked in the oil and gas industry. He had a special interest in natural resource legislation and issues affecting the Texas Panhandle. He was also a member of the Texas Conservative Coalition and was interested in legislation that dealt with defining marriage, maintaining family values and promoting pro-life issues. In 2012, Chisum chose not to seek reelection in the House, and instead unsuccessfully ran for a Texas Railroad Commission seat. He then became a registered lobbyist focusing on oil and gas industry regulation.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); Legislative Reference Library of Texas website (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/index.cfm), accessed September 30, 2014; and the records themselves.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas Senate), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section I) vests with all legislative power of the state. Representative Warren Chisum's records document his representation of Texas House District 84 (1989-1993) and House District 88 (1993-2013) through his bill files and subject files. Types of records include bill drafts and analyses, fiscal notes, correspondence, testimonies, news clippings, legislative summaries, research reports, memorandums, committee reports and publications such as newsletters and brochures. Records date from 1989 to 2011 and undated. Major house committee service represented in the records includes Appropriations (2005 and 2011 as a member and 2007 as the chair), Energy Resources (2007), Environment Regulation (1993-2001 as the chair and 2003 as a member), County Affairs (1989-2003), and House Administration (1993-2001).

Bill Files, 2001-2011, bulk 2009-2011, highlight legislation Chisum authored, sponsored, or was interested in from the 77th (2001) through the 82nd (2011) legislative sessions. Records include bill drafts and analyses, resolutions, fiscal notes, correspondence, testimonies, news clippings, memorandums and publications such as newsletters and brochures. Subjects include the use and regulation of natural resources and alternative fuels; environmental issues such as air quality, emission standards, recycling of certain materials and waste management systems; public education issues such as finance and parental involvement in minors' sex education; government funding and appropriations; health-related issues such as the employment of health professionals in rural Texas and emergency service communication systems; marriage definitions and requirements; abortion regulation; and immigration reform in regards to agriculture industries.

Office files, 1989-2011 and undated, document topics of interest to Chisum during his 24-year political career. Included in this series are legislation session overviews and summaries as well as topical files. Records include correspondence, news clippings, testimonies, legislative summaries, research reports, memorandums, newsletters, brochures, white reports, and requests for Attorney General opinions. Major topics include the promotion and protection of the agricultural industry, tax reform issues such as a proposed state income tax and appropriation of funds, government reorganization and consolidation, disaster planning, abortion regulation and religion's role in society.

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

The records are organized into two series:
Bill files, 2001-2011, bulk 2009-2011, 3.25 cubic ft.
Office files, 1989-2011, undated, 0.75 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: home addresses, phone numbers and personal family information of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (director.librarian@tsl.texas.gov), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

In accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 306 and 323, Warren Chisum allowed public access to the communications between himself and citizens/representatives of the state of Texas and with the Texas Legislative Council as of October 23, 2012.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Chisum, Warren Darrel, 1938-
Corporate Names:
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Committee on Appropriations.
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Committee on County Affairs.
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Committee on Energy Resources.
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Committee on Environmental Regulation.
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. House Administration Committee.
Subjects:
Environmental law--Texas.
Legislators--Texas.
Legislative bodies--Texas.
Natural resources--Law and legislation--Texas.
Rural health--Law and legislation--Texas.
Taxation--Law and legislation--Texas.
Document Types:
Bills (legislative records)--Texas--Legislators--2001-2011.
Brochures--Texas--Legislators--1989-2011.
Clippings (information artifacts)--Texas--Legislators--1989-2011.
Correspondence--Texas--Legislators--1989-2011.
Legislative records--Texas--Legislators--1989-2011.
Newsletters--Texas--Legislators--1989-2011.
Functions:
Representing state.

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
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee on Environmental Regulation, 1979-1997, 24 cubic ft. [RESTRICTED]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Representative Warren Chisum records, Texas House of Representatives. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2013/136

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Representative Warren Chisum's office on May 30, 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Anna M. Reznik, October 2014


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Bill files, 2001-2011, bulk 2009-2011,
3.25 cubic ft.

Bill files highlight legislation Chisum authored, sponsored, or was interested in from the 77th (2001) through the 82nd (2011) Legislature. Records include bill drafts and analyses, resolutions, fiscal notes, correspondence, testimonies, news clippings, memorandums and publications such as newsletters and brochures. Records are dated 2001 to 2011 and subjects include the use and regulation of natural resources and alternative fuels; environmental issues such as air quality, emission standards, recycling of certain materials and waste management systems; public education issues such as finance and parental involvement in minors' sex education; government funding and appropriations; health-related issues such as the employment of health professionals in rural Texas and emergency service communication systems; marriage definitions and requirements; abortion regulation; and immigration reform. Resolutions honor citizens, towns and organizations. Bill drafts are also present and may be proposed legislation that was not filed. Each bill draft tend to be labeled with the tracking number given to it by the Texas Legislative Council instead of topic or bill number.
Arrangement
Records are roughly arranged by legislative session and then numerically by bill number as received from the representative's office.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Bill files, Representative Warren Chisum records, Texas House of Representatives. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: home addresses, phone numbers and personal family information of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
In accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 306 and 323, Warren Chisum allowed public access to the communications between himself and citizens/representatives of the state of Texas and with the Texas Legislative Council as of October 23, 2012.
Box
2013/136-4 81st Legislature, Regular Session, 2009
HB (House Bill) 131
[Includes folder labeled CSHB (Committee Substitute House Bill) 3646 – GED Amendment.]
HB 132
Emergency services
HB 795
HB 1276
HB 1467
Texas Department of Insurance Sunset Bill, SB (Senate Bill) 1007:
[Folders and loose materials clipped together.]
Insurance reports and memorandums
Health Care Sharing Amendment – SB 1007
Amendment to the Amendment – SB 1007
Amendment to Smithee's Amendment – SB 1007
HB 1468
HB 1796
HB 2354
HB 2507
HB 2516
HB 2748
HB 2819
HB 2820
HB 2821
HB 2871
[Includes folder labeled Propane bus rebate.]
HB 2872
HB 3290
HB 3317
[Includes folder labeled SB 1828 Amendment - Idling.]
HB 3410
HB 3411
HB 3626
HB 4107
HB 4132
HB 4162
[Folder also includes CSSB 730 that relates to the storage of firearms, not district attorneys in Swisher County.]
HB 4165
HB 4323
HB 4324
Box
2013/136-3 HB 4345
HB 4346
HB 4350
HB 4429
HB 4448
HB 4654
HB 4764
HB 4819
HB 4834
SB 1813
SB 2073
80th possible legislation
[Folder contents deal with 81st Legislature.]
Box
2013/136-2 DeMolay bill, 81st Legislature, 2008
HR (House Resolution) 652 - Ware Chevrolet, 81st Legislature
Revenue allocation, 2010
Franchise tax – Speaker, 2009
Pre-file, volume 1, 81st Legislature, 2009
Pre-file, volume 2, 81st Legislature, 2009
Using early voting machines, 81st Legislature
Trans-Texas Corridor, 81st Legislature
81R 1948, 81st Legislature
Alternative fuels research and education account, 81st Legislature
PIR (Public information request) – Vince Leibowitz, 2007
82nd Legislature, Regular Session, 2011
82R 307
82R 313
82R 361
82R 1125
[2 folders]
82R 41
82R 1124
82R 27
82R 1143
82R 29
82R 1108
82R 2082
82R 106
HB 248
HB 631
HB 632
HB 633
HB 729
HB 1412
HB 1413
HB 1414
HB 1415
HB 1416
HB 1417
HB 1967
HB 1968
Box
2013/136-1 HB 2402
HB 2405
HB 2506
HB 2507
HB 2551
HB 2637
HB 2638
HB 2639
HB 2663
HB 3037
HB 3038
HB 3039
HB 3040
HB 3251
HB 3405
HB 3441
HB 3595
HB 3851
HB 2694
HB 1966
HCR (House Concurrent Resolution) 86
HR 1955
SB 661
SB 1652
SB 1714
Redistricting, 2011
HCR 122
HCR 245
HR 2821
HR 2819
82R 3322
[Draft of HB 3399.]
82R 7302
82R 10659
82R 13256
HCR 20 Amendment
HR 2820
82S1 0328
82S1 0801
82S1 0380
82S1 0636
Box
2013/136-3 Resolutions, 2001-2011
82R 21571
Resolution - DeMolay, 2010
Dog breed-discrimination, 2010
79th Legislature, Resolutions
[HR 1039], 77th Legislature
HR 18 House parliamentarian - 81st Legislature, 1st Called Session
HR 44 - John Coleman, 77th Legislature
HR 45 – R. L. Templeton, 77th Legislature
HR 49 – Stratford, 77th Legislature
HCR 50 – Bob O'Connor, 77th Legislature
HCR 111 – Victor Newman, 77th Legislature
HCR 112 – Bob Scott, 77th Legislature
HCR 113 – Robert Dillard, 77th Legislature
HR 272 – Yellowhouse Mason, 77th Legislature
HR 366 – Shultz, 77th Legislature
HR 427 – Panhandle Day, 77th Legislature
[Folder also includes copy of Hutchinson County and Borger resolutions.]
HR 428 – Hutchinson County, 77th Legislature
HR 429 – Borger, 77th Legislature
HR 566 – Gray County, 77th Legislature
HR 1170, 81st Legislature
HR 1495, 81st Legislature
HR 1584, 81st Legislature
HCR 115 - June Picnic Month, 79th Legislature
HCR 166, 79th Legislature
HCR 155 Cheese, 79th Legislature
HR 193 – Jack and Dorothy Chisum 50th Anniversary, 79th Legislature
Education Partnership Resolution, 2007
80R 18226
[Draft of HR 1933]
Selig, Eddie
SCR (Senate Concurrent Resolution) 8 - Chuck Wagon, 79th Legislature



 

Office files, 1989-2011, undated
0.75 cubic ft.

Office files document topics that Chisum followed during his 24-year political career. Included in this series are legislation session overviews and summaries as well as topical files. Records include correspondence, news clippings, testimonies, legislative summaries, research reports, memorandums, newsletters, brochures, white reports, and requests for Attorney General opinions. Records date from 1989 to 2011 and undated. Major topics include the promotion and protection of the agricultural industry, tax reform issues such as a proposed state income tax and appropriation of funds, government reorganization and consolidation, disaster planning, abortion regulation and religion's role in society.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received from the representative's office.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Office files, Representative Warren Chisum records, Texas House of Representatives. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: home addresses, phone numbers and personal family information of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
In accordance with Texas Government Code, Chapter 306 and 323, Warren Chisum allowed public access to the communications between himself and citizens/residents of the state of Texas and with the Texas Legislative Council as of October 23, 2012.
Box
2013/136-3 Grass fire, 2006
File retention information, 1993
Capitol Ministries, 2005-2009
Requests for Attorney General opinions dealing with Edwards Aquifer Authority Act, 2008-2009
HISD (Houston Independent School District) – Compliance on student religious viewpoints, 2007
Horsemeat shipments, 2007-2008
Lobbying by state-funded entities, 2007
Abortion – minors and 3rd trimester, 2006
Child care facility license exemption, 2009
Hall County Hospital District, 2008
Medina Lake dam, 2008-2009
81st Legislature, general information, 2009
72nd Legislature, constitutional amendments, 1991
General correspondence, 1989, 1991, 1993
Thank yous, 1990-1991, 1993
Summaries of 72nd Legislature, 1991
"Analyses of proposed constitutional amendments, November 5, 1991, Election"
Maps and directory of legislative branch and office staffs during 72nd Legislature, 1991
72nd Legislature, ranking, awards, etc., 1990-1991, undated
72nd Legislature, ranking, awards, etc., 1991-1992, undated
Box
2013/136-2 72nd Legislature, special session summaries, 1991, undated
72nd Legislature, session recaps, 1991
73rd Legislature, session amendment – Chisum, 1989, 1991-1993, undated
73rd Legislature, session recaps, 1993
73rd Legislature, 1993
73rd Legislature, constitutional amendments, 1993
74th Legislature, wrap-ups and specific issues, 1995
80th Legislature, wrap-up, 2007