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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Records, 1981-1990 (bulk 1983-1990),

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, Senate Nominations Committee:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1981-1990 (bulk 1983-1990)



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. Senate. Nominations Committee.
Title: Records
Dates: 1981-1990
Dates: (bulk 1983-1990)
Abstract: Records include correspondence, minutes, agendas, testimony, background information on nominees, Attorney General's opinions, articles and laws, witness cards, call sheets, notes, speeches, memoranda, financial information, biographical data sheets, appointment lists, newspaper clippings and photographs which document the business of the Texas Senate's Nominations Committee from 1981 through 1990.
Quantity: 11.3 cubic ft.
Location: Please note that these records are stored at the State Records Center. Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under the Public Information Act exceptions, these records must be reviewed by an archivist before they can be accessed for research. Records requested before 10:00 a.m. will usually be available for review by an archivist by 4:00 p.m. the same day. Records requested after 10:00 a.m. and before 3:00 p.m will usually be available for review by an archivist by noon the next day. See the "Restrictions on Access" statement in this document for further information.
Language English.

Agency History

The Texas Senate Committee on Nominations is responsible for confirming or rejecting all of the Governor's appointments to state boards and commissions. As required by Article IV of the Texas Constitution, the Governor must submit nominations for appointments to the Senate for confirmation. The Senate refers these nominations to the Committee on Nominations. The Committee meets once per week during the regular legislative session to confirm or reject nominees appointed during the legislative session, as well as interim nominees. Nominees to major boards and commissions, and high profile nominees are asked to appear before the Committee. Other nominees are considered by the Committee but are not required to be present to testify. Each week, the Committee sends a list of confirmed and rejected nominees to the full Senate. The full Senate then votes on these nominees; a two-thirds vote is required to confirm a nominee.

The Texas Senate Committee on Nominations is a Special Committee. During the 67th (1981-1982) and 68th (1983-1984) Legislative sessions, it was a Subcommittee of the Committee on State Affairs, a Standing Committee. From 1980 through 1991, it was made up of 7 senators.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

Records include correspondence, minutes, agendas, testimony, background information on nominees, Attorney General's opinions, articles and laws, witness cards, call sheets, notes, speeches, memoranda, financial information, biographical data sheets, appointment lists, newspaper clippings and photographs which document the business of the Texas Senate's Committee on Nominations from 1981 through 1990 (bulk 1983-1990). Material covers the 67th through 71st legislative sessions, including interim periods. The bulk of the material represents the 68th through 71st legislative sessions.

Records for each legislative session but the 67th include correspondence between the Committee chairman and nominees, appointment lists submitted by the Governor, lists of confirmed and rejected nominees returned to the full Senate for final decision, biographical and financial information about nominees, minutes and agendas for Committee meetings, and background information pertaining to the more controversial appointments.

Notable Committee business includes the consideration of Louis Beecherl for the University of Texas System Board of Regents during the 70th legislative session; the investigation of the abrupt dismissal of 31 employees from the Texas Department of Community Affairs by Willie L. Scott, a new confirmee to the position of Executive Director of the Texas Department of Community Affairs, during the 70th legislative session; and background information about numerous controversial appointments during the 71st legislative session, including the appointments of Albert Alkek, Othal Brand and Jack L. Hammond.

Committee Chairmen were Peyton McKnight, 67th; Ed Howard, 68th - 69th; and Chet Edwards, 70th - 71st.

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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Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged chronologically by legislative session.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under the Public Information Act exceptions including violations of the privacy of individuals, these records must be reviewed by an archivist 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, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals records covered by exceptions to the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an Open Records Opinion from the Attorney General before the files can be provided to the researcher. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten business days after receiving the written request to make this determination.

Restrictions on Use

Where necessary, records will be redacted or restricted to comply with the Public Information Act and the Attorney General's decision.

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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:
Legislative bodies--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Officials and employees--Selection and appointment.
Document Types:
Legislative records--Texas--Legislative bodies--1981-1990.
Correspondence--Texas--Legislative bodies--1981-1990.
Agendas--Texas--Legislative bodies--1981-1990.
Minutes--Texas--Legislative bodies--1981-1990.
Testimony--Texas--Legislative bodies--1981-1990.
Clippings--Texas--Legislative bodies--1981-1990.
Photographs--Texas--Legislative bodies--1981-1990.
Decisions--Texas--Legislative bodies--1981-1990.
Speeches--Texas--Legislative bodies--1981-1990.
Memorandums--Texas--Legislative bodies--1981-1990.
Functions:
Appointing public officers.

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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.

Texas State Archives
Texas Office of the Governor, Records of William B. Clements, Jr., 1973-1990 (bulk 1987-1990), 38 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, Senate, Records of the Nominations Committee and of the State Affairs Committee's, Subcommittee on Nominations, (1979-1981?), 15 cubic ft. [unprocessed, restricted]
Texas Legislature, Senate, State Affairs Committee, Bill files and meeting files, 1983-1996, 46.5 cubic ft.
Texas Office of the Governor, Records of Mark White, 1947, 1962-1987, 424.75 cubic ft.
Texas A&M University
Records of William B. Clements, Jr., 1978-1983, approx. 800 cubic ft.
Aiken Regional Archives, Paris, Texas
Records of Ed Howard, 1978-1982, 6 cubic ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Records, Nominations Committee, Senate, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1999/151, 2002/058

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Secretary of the Senate on May 12, 1999 and October 30, 2001.

Processing Information

Michele Ostrow, June 1999

Nancy Enneking, November 2001

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Records, 1981-1990 (bulk 1983-1990),
11.3 cubic ft.

67th Legislature
box
1999/151-1 Committee agendas, 67th Regular Session, January-May, 1981
Interim between 67th and 68th Legislatures
box
1999/151-1 Correspondence to/from Chairman McKnight, January, 1982-January, 1983
68th Legislature, January 11, 1983-July 3, 1984
box
1999/151-1 Supreme Court appointments (considered by Senate in 1983), October 1981-January 1983
Texas Education Agency appointments
[Clements' appointments files]
Budget status reports, January 1983-August 1984
Law/Attorney General opinions re: financial disclosure statements
Regular Session, January 11-May 30, 1983:
Appointments submitted by Governor(s)
Copies of submission lists
Correspondence with Chairman Ed Howard
Correspondence with senators
Miscellaneous agency appointments
Nominees by senate district
Lists of nominees confirmed by senate district
Agendas, subcommittee hearings
Meeting minutes
Floor reports
Confirmation/rejection notices from Secretary of the Senate
box
1999/151-2 Votes on nominees, January 20, 1983
Transcripts of floor debate, January 20, 1983
Transcripts of James C. Connor testimony, January 25, 1983
Background information on nominations to Battleship Texas Commission
Alphabetical list of nominees confirmed
List of nominees rejected/returned/left pending
Interim, June 26, 1983-June 3, 1984:
Appointments made after 68th Regular Session (interim appointments)
Interim appointments by senate district
Interim appointments
Correspondence with senators
Correspondence to/from Chairman Howard
Texas Education Agency appointments
2nd Called Session, June 4-July 3, 1984:
Biographical sheets
Submission list and in-session appointments
Supreme Court appointments
Finance Commission appointments
Committee agendas
Committee minutes and witness cards
Floor reports
Articles on Nick Lampson
Miscellaneous information on various nominees
Confirmations
box
1999/151-3 Interim, July 4, 1984-January 7, 1985:
Interim (1984) appointments by senate district
No confirmation necessary
Interim appointments
69th Legislature
box
1999/151-3 Form letters for Senator Howard
Budget status reports
Resignations
No confirmation required
Appointments not needing confirmation, July, 1985-September, 1986
Correspondence with Support Services
Committee budget, rules, etc.
Regular Session, January 8-May 27, 1985:
Biographical data sheets
Upcoming vacancies
Nominations Committee rules
Governor White's submission list
Governor White's appointments:
January 18-April 18, 1985
April 22-May 13, 1985
box
1999/151-4 Supreme Court appointments
House of Representatives' appointments
Agendas
Meeting minutes
Confirmations from Betty King
Confirmed appointments
Witness cards
Senate Sergeant at Arms Committee Action Forms
Floor reports
Call sheets
Confirmed list, updated June 1, 1985
Confirmation lists - weekly
Confirmed appointments weekly list
Requests from Senators
Data sheets, no confirmation necessary
Available appointments list
Correspondence
Newspaper articles
No confirmation necessary
From Nancy Macken (Procedures Manual)
Legal information file
box
2002/058-2 Nominees confirmed, 69th Legislature, Regular Session, 1984-1985:
A-E
F-L
M-Q
R-Z
box
1999/151-4 Interim, June 1, 1985-August 5, 1986:
Appointments :
List by senatorial district
May 28, 1985-April 18, 1986
1985 and 1986
Lists
Computer printouts, interim nominees
Corrections (appointment paper - Governor's Office), May 1986
River Authorities update, June 10,1986
2nd Called Session, August 6-September 4, 1986:
Nominees by senate district
Senators' request
Committee rules
Messages from the Governor
Nomination Committee agendas
box
1999/151-5 Committee minutes
Floor reports
Reports from Secretary of the Senate
General staff notes
State Board of Medical Examiners
Legislative Council memos, staff memos, statutes and Attorney General opinions, 1986
Witness cards
Lawsuit against PUC [Public Utilities Commission]
Correspondence
3rd Called Session, September 8-30, 1986:
Messages from the Governor
Nominations Committee agendas
Committee minutes
Floor reports
Reports from Secretary of the Senate
Chairman Edwards' notes, August 1986
2nd and 3rd Special Sessions:
[Biographical sheets on nominees]
Congratulations on confirmation:
A-K
L-Z
Interim Between 69th and 70th Legislatures
box
1999/151-6 No confirmation necessary, October-November 1986
Chairman Edwards' letters to nominees appointed after 69th Legislature, 3rd Called Session
Appointment papers (late 1986)
Financial information on select nominees appointed in 1986/1987
Form letters, Senator Edwards
Hospital Equipment Financing Council
70th Legislature
box
1999/151-6 Regular Session, January 13-June 1, 1987:
Governor White's submission
Clements' appointments
Rules
Committee meeting:
January 21, 1987
February 3, 1987
February 10, 1987
February 17, 1987
February 24, 1987
March 3, 1987
March 5, 1987 (special)
March 10, 1987
March 17, 1987
March 24, 1987
Louis Beecherl testimony/minutes of meeting March 24, 1987
March 31, 1987
April 7, 1987
April 14, 1987
April 21, 1987
April 28, 1987
May 5, 1987
May 12, 1987
May 19, 1987
May 26, 1987
Agenda copies
Floor reports
Confirmations from Betty King
Partial transcript:
Hearing, February 24, 1987
Hearing, March 17, 1987
Hearing, March 24, 1987
Chairman Edwards' speech (on Beecherl), March 26, 1987
Letter from Jess Hay, May 23, 1987
Press clips, 1987
box
1999/151-7 Chairman Edwards' letters to appointees
Lists given to Senator
List of available appointments through February 28, 1987
Correspondence to/from Chairman Edwards
Staff memos
Governor Clements' appointments, 1987
Agendas with addresses of appointees beginning March 31
Meeting transcripts, March 1987
Judge C. T. Enoch, March 10, 1987
Miscellaneous appointments
Melody Chatelle's file
Legislative Council meeting re: lame duck appointments
S.B. 194 from 1983 re: lame duck appointments
Nominations Committee - Legislative Council information
Attorney General opinions
Copies of Senate journals, statutes, etc.
Article 6252-9b, "Standards of Conduct of State Officers and Employees," 1986
Nominations Committee procedures, 1987
Staff memos
TDCA [Texas Department of Community Affairs], February 1987
Pictures
box
2002/058-2 Nominees confirmed, 70th Legislature, Regular Session, 1986-1987:
A-D
E-L
M-R
S-Z
box
1999/151-7 2nd Called Session, June 22-July 21, 1987:
Clements' submissions lists
In session appointments
Committee meeting
July 2, 1987
July 7, 1987
July 14, 1987
Reports
Notes from Secretary of the Senate
box
2002/058-2 A-Z, Nominees confirmed, 70th Legislature, 2nd Called Session, 1987
Interim between 70th and 71st Legislatures
box
1999/151-7 Names withdrawn by Governor Clements, 1988
Computer correspondence, February-July 1988
71st Legislature
box
1999/151-7 Racing Commission, 1988/1989
Huffines, [James]
Letters from Senators re: specific nominees
Letters from confirmed people
Nominations, University of Texas Board of Regents
Alkek, Albert
Othal Brand
Jack Hammond
Robert L. Hardesty and George William Worth, Southwest Texas State University Board of Regents
Cliff Johnson
Robert Holt, DPS [Department of Public Safety] nominee
Kathryn Priddy, Higher Education Coordinating Board
Jack Rains
box
1999/151-8 Dr. Dick Riess
James Saxton, Jr.
Judge Louis Sturns
Regular Session, January 10-May 29, 1989:
No confirmation required
Black appointees by Clements
Clements' submission list
Clements' in-session appointments
[2 folders]
Committee rules
Letters from nominees
Letters regarding nominees/nominations
Letters from senators
Inter-office correspondence
Nominations meeting:
January 24, 1989
January 31, 1989
February 8, 1989
February 14, 1989
February 21, 1989
February 28, 1989
March 7, 1989
March 14, 1989
Continuation from March 15, March 16, 1989
March 21, 1989
March 28, 1989
March 30, 1989
April 4, 1989
April 6, 1989
April 10, 1989
April 11, 1989
PUC [Public Utilities Commission], April 12, 1989
April 13, 1989
April 18, 1989
box
1999/151-9 April 20, 1989
April 25, 1989
April 27, 1989
May 2, 1989
May 4, 1989
May 9, 1989
May 11, 1989
May 16, 1989
May 18, 1989
May 23, 1989
Floor reports
Notices from Secretary of the Senate
[Pictures]
Senate media contact sheets
Letters to senators
Letters re: Cassin and Greytok, February-March 1989
Various newspaper articles, 1989
Background file on Richard Morgan
box
2002/058-1 Nominees confirmed, 71st Legislature, Regular Session, 1987-1989:
A
B
[2 folders]
C
D
E
F
G
H
[2 folders]
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
XYZ
box
1999/151-9 1st Called Session, June 20-July 19, 1989:
Appointments submitted to the Senate
Nominations meeting:
July 5, 1989
July 12, 1989
Committee report, July 6, 1989
Confirmation reports from Secretary of the Senate
box
2002/058-1 A-Z, Nominees confirmed, 71st Legislature, 1st Called Session, 1989
box
1999/151-9 2nd Called Session, November 14-December 12, 1989:
Appointments submitted to Senate
Meeting agenda and report:
November 29, 1989
December 1, 1989
December 5, 1989
Committee reports
Confirmation reports from Secretary of the Senate
box
2002/058-1 Nominees confirmed, 71st Legislature, 2nd Called Session, 1989:
A-L
M-Z
box
1999/151-9 Interim, December 13, 1989-February 26, 1990:
Interim Study, 1989
box
1999/151-10 Isenberg/Faith Johnson, November-December 1989
3rd Called Session, February 27-March 28, 1990:
Blue backs (appointment papers)
Meeting:
March 15 [1990]
March 20, 1990
March 22, 1990
Confirmation reports from Secretary of Senate
box
2002/058-1 Nominees confirmed, 71st Legislature, 3rd Called Session, 1990:
A-F
G-O
P-Z
box
1999/151-10 4th Called Session, April 2-May 1, 1990:
Appointments submitted to the Senate
Supreme Court appointments, April 5, 1990
Meeting:
April 3, 1990
April 17, 1990
April 24, 1990
Committee reports
Confirmation reports from Secretary of the Senate
Correspondence
Staff information/memos
box
2002/058-2 A-Z, Nominees confirmed, 71st Legislature, 4th Called Session, 1990
box
1999/151-10 5th Called Session, May 2-30, 1990:
Appointments submitted to the Senate
Appointments withdrawn by Governor Clements
Meeting:
May 15, 1990
May 22, 1990
May 23, 1990
May 28, 1990
May 29, 1990
Committee reports
Confirmation/withdrawal notices from Secretary of the Senate
Staff memos/notes
[Untitled wallet folder]
[Loose material relating to JM-1161]
Columns and Op Ed
Letters regarding JM-1161
Appointee analyses
JM-1161 and other opinions
Legislation regarding JM-1161
Articles on amendment
News articles, JM 1161
Williams' gaffe on amendment
Amendment 1 (nominations)
box
2002/058-2 Nominees confirmed, 71st Legislature, 5th Called Session, 1990:
A-K
L-Z
box
1999/151-10 6th Called Session, June 4-7, 1990:
Vote and confirmation on the floor

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