Texas Legislature, Joint Investigating Committee:
An Inventory of the Stenographic Report at the Texas State Archives, 1921
On July 26, 1921, during the First Called Session of the 37th Legislature, Representative Satterwhite offered House Concurrent Resolution 10, proposing the creation of a joint committee composed of three House and two Senate members to investigate Governor Neff's charges of mismanagement and misuse of monies by certain state departments. The committee was to be vested with the powers and authority of a district court. An amendment to the resolution changed the committee composition to five House members and three Senate members. The amended resolution was approved on July 26, sent to the Senate, and approved by the Senate; Senators Edgar E. Witt, Paul D. Page and T.W. Davidson were appointed to the committee. On July 27, Representatives Lackey, J.W. Hall, H.S. Bonham, J.E. Quaid, and Ben L. Cox were appointed to the committee.
The Joint Legislative Investigating Committee first met on July 28 and selected Representative Cox as Chair, Senator Witt as Vice-chair, and Representative Quaid as Secretary. Committee hearings occurred on July 29 and August 3, 5, and 8. The hearings focused on Governor Neff's particular concerns about graft and irregularities in the penitentiary system, the Treasurer's Office, the scholastic census, the Health Department, and the Fire Insurance Department. On August 12 the Committee's report to the Legislature was printed in the House Journal. The report noted the existence of some irregularities, most of which were in the process of being resolved, but found other charges to be cases of misunderstanding in which no wrongdoing was involved. The Committee's report was adopted on August 16, 1921.
The record consists of a stenographic report, containing testimony and letters read into the record, of hearings conducted by the Texas Legislature's Joint Legislative Investigating Committee during 1921. The Committee investigated charges of graft and mismanagement of funds made by Texas Governor Pat Neff against the Health Department, Treasury Department, and Fire Insurance Department.
Three copies of the report were originally filed in the Office of the Secretary of State on August 11, 1921 and later transferred to the Texas State Archives. Two of the copies were incomplete and were removed from the collection.
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), Stenographic report, Joint Legislative Investigating Committee, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession number: 2000/174
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by an unknown agency, probably during the first half of the 20th century. On July 19, 2000 a new accession number was assigned for purposes of control.
Nancy Enneking, July 2000
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