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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

Senate Special Committee in Investigation of the Department of Public Welfare hearing testimony, 1941,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, Senate Special Committee in Investigation of the Department of Public Welfare:

An Inventory of Senate Special Committee in Investigation of the Department of Public Welfare Hearing Testimony at the Texas State Archives, 1941



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. Senate. Special Committee in Investigation of the Department of Public Welfare.
Title: Senate Special Committee in Investigation of the Department of Public Welfare hearing testimony
Dates: 1941
Abstract: The Texas Senate Special Committee in Investigation of the Department of Public Welfare was authorized in February and March 1941 (Senate Resolutions 32, 66 and 68, 47th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to continue an investigation begun earlier that session by a Senate Committee of the Whole into charges that the Texas Department of Public Welfare was depriving elderly Texans of old age assistance benefits. Records of the committee consist of transcripts of its hearings in Dallas and of the initial investigative hearings held by the Senate Committee of the Whole, February-March 1941. Copies of Senate Resolutions 19 and 68 from that legislative session accompany the transcripts. The Old Age Assistance Commission, which had been created in 1935 as a division of the Texas State Board of Control, had been absorbed by the Department of Public Welfare in 1939.
Quantity: 0.25 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Senate Special Committee in Investigation of the Department of Public Welfare was authorized in February and March 1941 (Senate Resolutions 32, 66 and 68, 47th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to continue an investigation begun earlier that session by a Senate Committee of the Whole into charges that the Texas Department of Public Welfare was depriving elderly Texans of old age assistance benefits.

A Senate Committee of the Whole was authorized on January 27, 1941 (Senate Resolution 19, 47th Legislature, Regular Session) and held hearings February 4 and 5, 1941 centered around the indigence requirements for old age assistance. As the law was constructed, the income of relatives, other than a spouse, was not to be considered in qualifying the elderly for state assistance. In practice, any additional income or assistance was often grounds for disqualification. In some instances, applicants had been disqualified on the basis that their children could provide assistance. In addition, some applicants were rejected on the grounds that no funds were available, or that no applications were currently being considered. A five-member special committee of the Senate was formed (Senate Resolution 30, 47th Legislature, Regular Session) to continue hearings from February 6-8, 1941, using the same authority granted by Senate Resolution 19.

Two days after the hearings concluded, the Senate Special Committee in Investigation of the Department of Public Welfare was formally created and charged to continue the investigation, with the same five members who had served as the previous special committee. A second round of hearings was held in the Commissioners' Courtroom in the Hall of Records in Dallas on March 28 and 29, 1941. These hearings examined individual investigators and area supervisors to determine practice and procedure regarding applications for old age assistance. The consensus reached at the conclusion of the hearings was that the scrutiny addressed to individual applicants owed largely to inadequate funding and ambiguities in the law. During the balance of the legislative session, a number of bills were introduced to clarify or amend the statutes and provide funding for old age assistance (House Bills 322, 825, and 940; House Concurrent Resolution 184; Senate Bills 153, 218, and 447; and Senate Joint Resolution 11).

(Sources include: the guide survey completed for this material and the Texas Legislative Reference Library website, accessed January 13, 2014.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Senate Special Committee in Investigation of the Department of Public Welfare was authorized in February and March 1941 (Senate Resolutions 32, 66 and 68, 47th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to continue an investigation begun earlier that session by a Senate Committee of the Whole into charges that the Texas Department of Public Welfare was depriving elderly Texans of old age assistance benefits. Records of the committee consist of transcripts of its hearings in Dallas, held March 28 and 29, 1941, and transcripts of the initial investigative hearings held by the Senate Committee of the Whole, February 4-8, 1941. Copies of Senate Resolutions 19 and 68 from that legislative session accompany the transcripts. The Old Age Assistance Commission, which had been created in 1935 as a division of the Texas State Board of Control, had been absorbed by the 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

The records are arranged in the order as received from the agency, indexed by witness name.

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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.
Subjects:
Aging--Texas.
Governmental investigations--Public welfare--Texas.
Public welfare--Texas.
Public welfare administration--Texas.
Document Types:
Testimony--Texas--Governmental investigations--1941.
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
Senator Joe L. Hill scrapbooks, 1925-1941, undated, six scrapbooks [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 2-6/310, 2-7/1327 thru 1331.]
Texas. Department of Human Services, Board of Human Services meeting files, 1933-2004, 20.57 cubic ft. [Includes State Board of Public Welfare minutes and meeting files, 1939-1977.]
Texas Governor W. Lee O'Daniel records, 1938-1941, undated, bulk 1939-1941, 73.79 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 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 Legislative Reference Library
[This citation consists of an identical set and a second incomplete set of hearing testimony.]
Senate Committee on Public Welfare, Investigation, Special, Transcripts; Minutes, Committee of the Whole Senate, 47th Legislature, Regular Session, 1941, L1803.9 W62 47T.
Publications
Texas. Legislature. Senate. Journal of the Senate of the state of Texas, 47th Legislature, Regular Session. Austin: Standard Office, 1941.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas Senate Special Committee in Investigation of the Department of Public Welfare hearing testimony. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1983/041

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 27, 1982.

Processing Information

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

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Senate Special Committee in Investigation of the Department of Public Welfare hearing testimony, 1941,
0.25 cubic ft.

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2-10/848 Senate Committee of the Whole and special committee of the Senate hearing testimony, February 4-8, 1941
Hearing testimony, Dallas, March 28-29, 1941
Senate Resolutions 19 and 68, 47th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 1941

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