Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee to Investigate Charges of Nepotism in State Government:
An Inventory of the Report at the Texas State Archives, 1937
The Texas Legislature's House Committee to Investigate Charges of Nepotism in State Government was created by an unnumbered simple resolution introduced by Representative Cathey during the Regular Session of the 45th Legislature in 1937. Cathey was concerned about reports of the numbers of husbands and wives on the Texas state payroll, in violation of the existing nepotism laws, particularly in light of the national low employment rate during the Depression. He proposed a committee of five to investigate the charges of nepotism law violations by bringing together and questioning the various heads of state departments and agencies. The resolution passed on March 15, 1934, though it had been amended to order the committee to report back to the Legislature no later than May 1, 1934. On March 18 Representatives Cathey (Chair), Boyer, Brown, Metcalf, and Worley were appointed to the committee.
On April 7, Cathey introduced another unnumbered simple resolution requesting additional authority for the committee to investigate a variety of anonymous letters charging and re-affirming a host of other state employee violations- from using official time and equipment for personal use, to salary and hiring violations and political campaigning. The resolution passed with the amendment that two additional members be appointed to the committee. The additional members, Representatives Bradbury and Harris of Archer County, were appointed on April 13. The committee submitted its report to the Legislature on May 22, 1934. The report noted that the investigation of the secondary violations had barely begun and stated that the investigation of the number of husbands and wives on the state payroll was incomplete but that a great deal of information had been gathered. This information was, according to the report, soon to be released in a more detailed report. The detailed report promised by the committee does not seem to have been presented to the Legislature.
The record consists of a two-page report, 1937, of the Texas Legislature's House Committee to Investigate Charges of Nepotism in State Government. The document may be the original submitted to the legislature on May 22, 1934 and is the only documentation of the committee's work. The report discusses the status of the committee's investigation of nepotism law violations and briefly mentions the fact that it was also empowered to investigate other charges. The document shows indications of original editing and has been signed by Representatives Cathey, Bradbury, Worley, Brown, Boyer, and Harris of Archer County.
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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(Identify the page), Report, Committee to Investigate Charges of Nepotism in State Government, House of Representatives, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession number: 2000/182
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Secretary of State on May 23, 1940, but the records were not assigned an accession number until 1982. For purposes of control an individual accession number was assigned to this set of proceedings on August 7, 2000.
Nancy Enneking, August 2000
The report is printed in the House Journal of the Regular Session of the 45th Legislature.
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