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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 Old Age Assistance hearing testimony, 1937,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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

An Inventory of House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Old Age Assistance Hearing Testimony at the Texas State Archives, 1937



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Special Committee to Investigate Old Age Assistance.
Title: House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Old Age Assistance hearing testimony
Dates: 1937
Abstract: The Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Old Age Assistance was appointed to investigate the policies and methods of the Old Age Assistance Commission, pursuant to House Simple Resolution 16 (45th Texas Legislature, 1st Called Session). Hearing testimony dated June 1937 was gathered over two days from administrators of the Old Age Assistance Commission, the Texas State Board of Control, and the U.S. Social Security Board. Testimony focused on the dramatic decrease in old age assistance recipients after passage of a law that disqualified those with a relative able to support them, as well as the continued financial instability of the commission.
Quantity: fractional
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

House Simple Resolution 16 (45th Texas Legislature, 1st Called Session), introduced on June 21, 1937, called for a committee of the whole to investigate the policies and methods of the Old Age Assistance Commission. An investigation of the commission had first been made the previous year by another committee of the whole house, during the 3rd Called Session of the 44th Legislature. This second investigation was prompted by press reports that 30,000 elderly Texans would be dropped from old age assistance as a result of House Bill 8 (44th Legislature, 3rd Called Session), known popularly as the "deliberalization bill," which among other reforms disqualified those with a relative able to support them. The Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Old Age Assistance was appointed as a steering committee the same day and testimony began to be heard that evening, with administrators of the Old Age Assistance Commission, Texas State Board of Control, and U.S. Social Security Board sworn as witnesses. The inquiry extended over two days and focused on the dramatic decrease in old age assistance recipients after passage of the new law, and the continued financial instability of the commission.

The investigation led to further legislation to define those entitled to old age assistance benefits (House Bills 17, 27, 28, 29 and 42, 45th Legislature, 2nd Called Session, 1937). The Old Age Assistance Commission was abolished in 1939 and its functions transferred to the newly-created Texas Department of Public Welfare (Senate Bill 36, 46th Legislature, Regular Session).

(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 Special Committee to Investigate Old Age Assistance was appointed to investigate the policies and methods of the Old Age Assistance Commission, pursuant to House Simple Resolution 16 (45th Texas Legislature, 1st Called Session). Hearing testimony dated June 1937 was taken by the committee over two days from administrators of the Old Age Assistance Commission, the Texas State Board of Control, and the U.S. Social Security Board. Testimony focused on the dramatic decrease in old age assistance recipients after passage of a law that disqualified those with a relative able to support them, as well as the continued financial instability of the commission. The investigation resulted in further legislation defining those entitled to old age assistance benefits.

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 in chronological order.

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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--Public welfare--Texas.
Public welfare--Texas.
Public welfare administration--Texas.
Document Types:
Testimony--Texas--Governmental investigations--1937.
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 of the Whole to Investigate Old Age Assistance hearing testimony and report, 1936, 0.1 cubic ft.
Texas House of Representatives Committee to Investigate the Administration of Relief in Tarrant County, Texas, 1935, 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, 45th Legislature, 1st Called Session. Austin: Standard Office, 1937.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Old Age Assistance hearing testimony. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1983/023

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by an unknown entity. An accession number was assigned by Texas State Archives staff for control purposes on September 29, 1983.

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 hearing testimony as printed in the Journal of the Texas House of Representatives, 45th Legislature, 1st Called Session (1937) 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 Old Age Assistance hearing testimony, 1937,
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Box
2-10/846 Hearing testimony, June 21, 1937
Hearing testimony, June 22, 1937

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