Texas Legislature, Senate Committee to Investigate Expenditure of State Funds:
An Inventory of Senate Committee to Investigate Expenditure of State Funds Hearing Testimony at the Texas State Archives, 1938
The Texas Senate Committee to Investigate Expenditure of State Funds was created by Senate Resolution 12 (45th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) on January 25, 1937 and was authorized to examine the operation of the state's fee system, apportionment of the available school fund and the collection of delinquent taxes. The five-member committee was also tasked with making recommendations for improving the state's insurance code, practice and procedure with the goal of eliminating inflated insurance premiums. Senate Resolution 90 was introduced on May 12, 1937 during the same legislative session and added to the committee's charges a general investigation of the economic efficiencies of all state governmental departments, boards, institutions and agencies. The committee was to submit a written report of its findings to the 46th Legislature. Senate Resolution 2 (45th Legislature, 1st Called Session) amended an important procedural detail for this and all senate investigating committees, defining the quorum needed to hear and obtain testimony and to summon and compel attendance of witnesses as being a majority of the committee's membership, rather than any single member.
The committee began its work on July 28, 1937 and first reported to the 45th Legislature, 2nd Called Session with information designed to assist the legislature in that special session, called to address revenue shortages. The chief recommendation of the majority report was to reduce state expenditures by various means which the report gave in detail, as opposed to increasing taxes. A minority report by one committee member differed from the majority by advocating that state employees in lower pay brackets be spared salary reductions and that greater efforts be made to match state income with state expenditure through a balanced budget. Both reports addressed the need to adequately fund and responsibly administer the state's Old Age Assistance Commission, social services to the disabled and the teacher retirement fund.
(Sources include: the guide survey completed for this material and the Texas Legislative Reference Library website, accessed January 13, 2014.)
The Texas Senate Committee to Investigate Expenditure of State Funds was created in 1937 (45th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) and charged to make a general investigation of the economic efficiencies of all state governmental departments, boards, institutions and agencies in response to the need to correct the state's general revenue deficit and to better enforce the payment of taxes. Records consist of hearing testimony dated January through March 1938 taken by the committee from witnesses with information concerning the leases of public school lands, including the Texas General Land Office Commissioner (and the previous commissioner), attorneys, oil businessmen, bankers, insurance company receivers, the Assistant Attorney General, an officer from the Texas Comptroller's Office, geologists and engineers. Records do not appear to exist of the hearings held by the committee in August 1937 before it submitted its preliminary majority and minority reports to the legislature. Public school lands would soon after come under the administration of the School Land Board, established in 1939 to supervise the management, leasing and sale of public school lands.
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: 1983/030
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by an unknown agency during the 20th century. An accession number was assigned on October 8, 1982.
Guide survey information compiled by Michael Green, October 1982
Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 as part of the TARO project by Rebecca Romanchuk, January 2014
Detailed Description of the Records