Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee on Game and Fisheries:
An Inventory of House of Representatives Committee on Game and Fisheries Letter and Report at the Texas State Archives, 1937
The Texas House of Representatives Committee on Game and Fisheries was one of the standing committees of that body from 1905 to 1965, having jurisdiction over all matters relating to the propagation and preservation of game and fish within Texas, and to the development and regulation of the fish and oyster industries on the coast and inland waters of the state.
The first Committee on Game and Fisheries was appointed on January 13, 1905. In 1965, it was superseded by the standing Committee on Parks and Wildlife. Many of the functions and activities of that committee were later vested in the standing Committee on Natural Resources, created in 1973.
On April 12, 1937, the Committee on Game and Fisheries appointed a three-member subcommittee to investigate tidewater drilling operations in Louisiana. This inquiry was prompted by the introduction of House Bill 657, aimed at regulation of drilling in the tidewaters of the Gulf of Mexico. The subcommittee report, issued May 22, deduced that the loss of revenue from leases of public school lands in tidewater areas would be more damaging than the pollution resulting from exploration.
(Sources include: the guide survey created for these records.)
The Texas House of Representatives Committee on Game and Fisheries was one of the standing committees of that body from 1905 to 1965, having jurisdiction over all matters relating to the propagation and preservation of game and fish within Texas, and to the development and regulation of the fish and oyster industries on the coast and inland waters of the state. Records of the committee are a letter from its subcommittee charged to investigate tidewater drilling operations in Louisiana, and the subcommittee's report on House Bill 657 and pollution in the tidewaters of the Gulf of Mexico, both dating 1937. The letter, written by a single subcommittee member, expresses concern that the investigation was inadequate due to the limited time allowed, and that the potential for pollution of coastal waters by tidewater drilling operations remained unknown. The full subcommittee report acknowledges the possibility of such pollution, but states that rules and regulations already in place to prevent pollution caused by tidewater oil drilling operations were sufficient in light of the monetary benefits to public education funding by leasing and developing inland waters designated as public school lands. The report recommends a fuller investigation before drafting legislation concerning regulation of tidewater drilling.
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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Accession number: 1982/322
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.
Guide survey information compiled by Michael Green, August 1982
Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 as part of the TARO project by Rebecca Romanchuk, May 2012
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