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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

House of Representatives Committee of the Whole to Investigate Old Age Assistance hearing testimony and report, 1936,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee of the Whole to Investigate Old Age Assistance:

An Inventory of House of Representatives Committee of the Whole to Investigate Old Age Assistance Hearing Testimony and Report at the Texas State Archives, 1936



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Committee of the Whole to Investigate Old Age Assistance.
Title: House of Representatives Committee of the Whole to Investigate Old Age Assistance hearing testimony and report
Dates: 1936
Abstract: The Texas House of Representatives Committee of the Whole to Investigate Old Age Assistance was created in 1936 by House Simple Resolution 6 (44th Texas Legislature, 3rd Called Session) to investigate the operations of the Old Age Assistance Commission and to consult with the U.S. Social Security Board for the purpose of increasing the efficiency of the commission. Records of the committee consist of four days of hearing testimony and a report, 1936.
Quantity: 0.1 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The 3rd Called Session of the 44th Texas Legislature convened on September 11, 1936 for the purpose of providing further necessary revenue for old age assistance to qualified applicants. In the previous 2nd Called Session (1935), House Bill 26 was passed, which created the Old Age Assistance Commission, a division of the Texas State Board of Control. The commission's funding derived from liquor, wine and beer taxes in addition to federal funding. A shortfall in expected tax revenue, and the high percentage of elderly requesting assistance, required that additional funding sources be found.

On September 29, 1936, two resolutions were introduced calling for an investigation of Old Age Assistance in Texas. The second resolution, House Simple Resolution 6, provided for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole to conduct a one-week investigation into the operations of the Old Age Assistance Commission and to seek the opinions of the U.S. Social Security Board.

Hearings were held from September 30 through October 3, 1936. The director of the Old Age Assistance Commission, all members of the commission, and the executive director of the Social Security Board in Washington, D.C. appeared before the House. A final report was filed with the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives on October 6, 1936 and included eight observations. From these facts, it was concluded that revisions of certain statutes would be necessary to redefine the level of need required to obtain old age assistance. Funding for old age assistance was readdressed by the legislature in subsequent years, and the commission was absorbed by the Texas Department of Public Welfare in 1939.

(Sources include: the guide survey completed for this material; the Texas Legislative Reference Library website; and Smyrl, Vivian Elizabeth, "Texas Department of Human Services," The Handbook of Texas Online, both accessed November 20, 2013.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas House of Representatives Committee of the Whole to Investigate Old Age Assistance was created in 1936 by House Simple Resolution 6 (44th Texas Legislature, 3rd Called Session) to investigate the operations of the Old Age Assistance Commission and to consult with the federal Social Security Board for the purpose of increasing the efficiency of the commission. Records of the committee consist of four days of hearing testimony and a report, 1936. Those testifying at the hearings were employees of the Old Age Assistance Commission, including its executive director and district supervisors, and the U.S. Social Security Board executive director and its director for the region including Texas. The committee's report emphasized that the Old Age Assistance Commission was legally bound to administer aid only to those elderly who demonstrated need consistent with federal definitions, if the commission was to continue to receive federal funding, and that commission employees must meet the qualifications set by federal law. The commission, which had been created in 1935 as a division of the Texas State Board of Control, was eventually absorbed by the Texas Department of Public Welfare in 1939.

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 record type.

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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. State Dept. of Public Welfare.
Texas. State Board of Control. Old Age Assistance Commission Division.
United States. Social Security Board.
Subjects:
Aging--Texas.
Governmental investigations--Texas.
Public welfare--Texas.
Public welfare administration--Texas.
Document Types:
Testimony--Texas--Governmental investigations--1936.
Reports--Texas--Governmental investigations--1936.
Functions:
Administering governmental investigations.
Investigating public welfare administration.

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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 Human Services, Board of Human Services meeting files, 1933-2004, 20.57 cubic ft. [Includes Texas Old Age Assistance Commission meeting minutes, 1936-1939.]
Texas Governor James V Allred records, 1931-1939, bulk 1935-1938, 54.05 cubic ft. [For old age pension records see series State legislation, 1932-1938, bulk 1935-1938, 6.58 cubic ft.]
Texas House of Representatives Committee to Investigate the Administration of Relief in Tarrant County, Texas, 1935, fractional
Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Old Age Assistance hearing testimony, 1937, fractional
Texas Senate Committee to Investigate Expenditure of State Funds hearing testimony, 1938, 0.5 cubic ft.
Texas Senate Special Committee in Investigation of the Department of Public Welfare hearing testimony, 1941, 0.25 cubic ft.
Publications
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

(Identify the item), Texas House of Representatives Committee of the Whole to Investigate Old Age Assistance hearing testimony and 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, July 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 hearing testimony and report as printed in the Journal of the Texas House of Representatives, 44th Legislature, 3rd Called Session (1936) are available through the Texas Legislative Reference Library website.

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

House of Representatives Committee of the Whole to Investigate Old Age Assistance hearing testimony and report, 1936,
0.1 cubic ft.

Box
2-10/846 Hearing testimony, 1936
Hearing testimony, September 30, 1936
Hearing testimony, October 1, 1936
Hearing testimony, October 2, 1936
[2 folders]
Hearing testimony, October 3, 1936
Report, October 6, 1936

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