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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

Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Certain Wage Scales of the State Highway Department report, 1936,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Special Committee to Investigate Certain Wage Scales of the State Highway Department:

An Inventory of House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Certain Wage Scales of the State Highway Department Report at the Texas State Archives, 1936



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Special Committee to Investigate Certain Wage Scales of the State Highway Department.
Title: House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Certain Wage Scales of the State Highway Department report
Dates: 1936
Abstract: The Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Certain Wage Scales of the State Highway Department was created in response to alleged violations of House Bill 54, 43rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session (1935) that set a minimum wage, and which the State Highway Department had allegedly evaded through a system of contracted labor. Records consist of the committee's one-page report to the 44th Legislature, 3rd Called Session, dated October 27, 1936, giving its opinion that the spirit and purpose of the prevailing wage scale law had not been carried out by some State Highway Department contractors, and also that revision of the prevailing wage scale law would be the proper procedure to rectify those abuses.
Quantity: fractional
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Certain Wage Scales of the State Highway Department was created in response to alleged violations of House Bill 54, 43rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session (1935). The bill set a minimum wage, which the State Highway Department had allegedly evaded through a system of contracted labor. House Simple Resolution 25 (44th Legislature, 2nd Called Session), introduced on November 8, 1935, directed that a committee of five representatives be appointed to investigate wage scales and other contractual irregularities in the State Highway Department.

On November 14, Representatives Harry McKee, Joseph Youngblood, Morris Roberts, Royston Lanning and Fred Mauritz were appointed to the committee, which conducted hearings in accordance with the provisions of the resolution. A report detailing the committee's findings was presented to the 44th Legislature, 3rd Called Session on October 27, 1936. It was the opinion of the committee that the spirit and purpose of the prevailing wage scale law had not been carried out by some State Highway Department contractors, and also that revision of the prevailing wage scale law would be the proper procedure to rectify those abuses. The committee stated that it did not obtain "any material fact" that there were any irregularities in the awarding of contracts by that department.

(Sources include: the guide survey completed for this material, and the Texas Legislative Reference Library website, accessed November 8, 2013.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Certain Wage Scales of the State Highway Department was created in response to alleged violations of House Bill 54, 43rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session (1935) that set a minimum wage, and which the State Highway Department had allegedly evaded through a system of contracted labor. Records consist of the committee's one-page report to the 44th Legislature, 3rd Called Session, dated October 27, 1936, giving its opinion that the spirit and purpose of the prevailing wage scale law had not been carried out by some State Highway Department contractors, and also that revision of the prevailing wage scale law would be the proper procedure to rectify those abuses. The committee stated that it did not obtain "any material fact" that there were any irregularities in the awarding of contracts by that department. No records of the committee's hearings appear to have survived.

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

The records consist of a one-page report.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.

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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.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Highway Dept.
Subjects:
Governmental investigations--Wages--Texas.
Wages--Texas.
Document Types:
Reports--Texas--Governmental investigations--1936.
Functions:
Administering governmental investigations.

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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 Department of Transportation, Texas Highway Department historical records, 1911-about 1993, bulk 1927-1960, 147 cubic ft.
Publications
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Journal of the House of Representatives of the state of Texas, 44th Legislature, 2nd Called Session. Austin: Standard Office, 1936.
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Journal of the House of Representatives of the state of Texas, 44th Legislature, 3rd Called Session. Austin: Standard Office, 1936.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Certain Wage Scales of the State Highway Department report. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

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.

Processing Information

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, November 2013

Other Formats for the Records

The committee's report as printed in the Journal of the Texas House of Representatives, 44th Legislature, 3rd Called Session (1936) is available through the Texas Legislative Reference Library website.

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Certain Wage Scales of the State Highway Department report, 1936,
fractional

Box
2-10/846 Report, October 27, 1936

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