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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Minutes and summaries, 1937,

Report, 1937,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Appropriations Committee:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1937



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Appropriations Committee.
Title: Records
Dates: 1937
Abstract: Records consist of minutes, roll call tallies, summaries, financial data, and a report that document the activities of the Texas Legislature's House Appropriations Committee during the 45th Legislature in 1937. The committee has jurisdiction over all bills appropriating moneys out of the State Treasury for maintenance of State Government.
Quantity: 0.37 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

Texas Legislature's House Appropriations Committee was first provided for in the House Rules on the opening day of the 29th Legislature in 1905. Rule VII included Appropriations among the standing committees of the House "with jurisdiction over all bills appropriating moneys out of the State Treasury for maintenance of State Government." The creation of the committee was a response to Governor S.W.T. Lanham's executive message of May 1, 1903, at the close of the First Called Session of the 28th Legislature, requesting both houses to implement a systematic itemization of appropriations wherever possible. The first Appropriations Committee had 21 members and was appointed on January 12, 1905. The Committee continued as one of the standing committees of the Texas House of Representatives, the number of its members has remained in the 20's, and the Committee's charge has remained the same.

By 2000, the committee had 27 members, with specific jurisdiction over: all bills and resolutions appropriating money from the state treasury; all bills and resolutions containing provisions resulting in automatic allocation of funds from the state treasuty; all bills and resolutions diverting funds from the state treasury or preventing funds from going in that otherwise would be placed in the state treasury; and all matters pertaining to claims and accounts filed with the legislature against the state unless jurisdiction over those bills and resolutions is specifically granted by these rules to some other standing committee. The appropriations committee may comment upon any bill or resolution containing a provision resulting in an automatic allocation of funds.

As a standing committee (according to the Texas Administrative Code, Section 301, Subchapter B), the Appropriations Committee is expected to operate regardless of whether or not the Legislature is currently in session and must do the following: conduct a continuing study of any matter within its jurisdiction and of the instrumentalities of government administering or executing the matter; examine the administration and execution of all laws relating to jurisdictional matters; conduct investigations to collect adequate information and materials necessary to perform its duties; formulate legislative programs; and initiate, draft, and recommend to the House any legislation the committee deems necessary and desirable. The committee chair must introduce or cause to be introduced the legislative programs developed by the committee and shall mobilize efforts to secure the passage of such proposals. The committee may inspect the records, documents, and files of each state department, agency, or office, as needed, to perform its duties. As a standing committee, it is not limited to considering items submitted by individual legislators, but must search for problems within its jurisdiction and develop, formulate, initiate, and secure passage of any legislative solution the committee deems desirable. When the legislature is in session, the committee may meet when it chooses, so long as it adheres to applicable legislative requirements and rules of procedure. When the legislature is not in session, it will meet when necessary to transact the committee's business wherever authorized by the legislation which created the committee.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

Records consist of minutes, roll call tallies, summaries, financial data, and a report that document the activities of the Texas Legislature's House Appropriations Committee during the 45th Legislature in 1937. Minutes contain proceedings of the committee, summaries of discussion on bills and state agency budgets referred to the committee, and recommendations. Usually each set of minutes is accompanied by at least one roll-call tally noting the number of committee members present for each meeting. A few files contain summaries of the committee actions on the bills and budgets referred to them. The report was created by a subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee which investigated House Bill 600 (to amend the Rural Aid Appropriation for education).

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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Organization of the Records

These records are organized into two series:
Minutes and summaries, 1937, 0.37 cubic ft.
Report, 1937, fractional

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Some pages are fragile and partially glued together. Do not photocopy without permission from the preservation archivist.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Expenditures, Public--Texas.
Legislative bodies--Texas--Committees.
Governmental investigations--Texas.
Education, Rural--Texas.
Education--Texas--Finance.
Legislation--Texas.
Places:
Texas. Appropriations and expenditures.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Legislative bodies--1937.
Lists--Texas--Legislative bodies--1937.
Summaries--Texas--Legislative bodies--1937.
Financial records--Texas--Legislative bodies--1937.
Report--Texas--Legislative bodies--1937.
Functions:
Investigating education finance.
Administering public expenditures.

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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.

Publications
Texas. Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Forty-fifth Legislature. Capital Printing Co., Inc., Austin, Tex., [1937?].

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Records, Appropriations Committee, House of Representatives, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1983/024, 1988/060

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Legislative Reference Library on January 7, 1988 and by an unknown agency sometime during the 20th century. An accession number was arbitrarily assigned to the accession with unidentified provenance on October 1, 1982.

Processing Information

Nancy Enneking, August 2000

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Minutes and summaries, 1937,
0.37 cubic ft.

Records consist of minutes, roll call tallies, summaries of actions, and financial data that document the activities of the Texas Legislature's House Appropriations Committee, during the 45th Legislature in 1937. Minutes contain proceedings of the committee, summaries of discussion on bills and state agency budgets referred to the committee, and recommendations. Usually each set of minutes is accompanied by at least one roll-call tally noting the number of committee members present for each meeting. A few files contain summaries of the committee actions on the bills and budgets referred to it. Some of the summaries cover particular sessions of the 45th Legislature, one covers all of the 45th sessions. One file contains financial data concerning the bills discussed by the committee.
Arrangement
Files are in chronological order by date of the committee meeting with a few summary and financial files at the end.
box
1988/060 Minutes, Regular Session, 45th Legislature, 1937:
April 8
April 12
April 13
April 14
April 15
April 19
April 20
April 26
April 27
April 28
May 3
May 4
May 5
May 10
May 11
May 13
May 17
Summary of actions
Minutes, First Called Session, 45th Legislature, 1937:
May 27
June 4
June 9
June 16
June 22
June 23
Minutes, Second Called Session, 45th Legislature, 1937:
September 28
October 8
October 11
October 15
October 18
October 20
Summary of actions
Record of Appropriation Committee meetings, January-May, 1937
Appropriation bills financial data, March-May, 1937
Summary of actions during 45th Legislature, all sessions, 1937

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Report, 1937,
fractional

Records consist of a report of financial data that documents the activities of the Texas Legislature's House Appropriations Committee during the 45th Legislature in 1937. The report was created by a subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee which investigated House Bill 600 (to amend the Rural Aid Appropriation for education). The report proposes an alternate budget total for the figure proposed in the bill and included budget figures for all county school districts.
Arrangement
The report is in page number order.
box
1988/060 Financial report of subcommittee to investigate House Bill 600, [1937]

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