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Eighth. He shall give careful attention to the proper classification, indexing and preservation of the official archives that are now or may hereafter come into his custody.

Ninth. He shall make a biennial report to the Texas Library and Historical Commissioners to be by them transmitted to the Governor, to be accompanied by such historical papers and documents as he may deem of sufficient importance.

SEC. 10. All books, pictures, papers, maps, documents, manuscripts, memoranda and data which relate to the history of Texas as a province, colony, republic, or state, which have been or may hereafter be delivered to the State Librarian by the Secretary of State, Comptroller, Commissioner of the General Land Office, or by any of the heads of the departments, or by any persons or officers in pursuance of law, shall be deemed books and papers of the State Library, and shall constitute a part of the archives of said State Library, and copies therefrom shall be made and certified by the said State Librarian upon application of any person interested, which certificate shall have the same force and effect as if made by the officer originally in custody of them, and for which the same fees shall be charged to be collected in advance and turned over to the State Treasurer quarterly.

Sec. 11. That the said Library and Historical Commission is hereby authorized and directed to maintain for the use and information of the members of the Legislature, the heads of the several State departments, and such other citizens as may desire to consult the same a section of the State Library for legislative reference and information, The Library and Historical Commission shall appoint an assistant librarian competent to conduct the work of said legislative reference section. Said assistant librarian shall have available for use explanatory check lists and catalogues of the current legislation of this and other states, catalogues of the bills and resolutions presented in either branch of the Legislature, check lists of the public documents of the several states. including all reports issued by the various departments, boards and commissions of this State, digests of such public laws of this and other states as may best be made available for legislative use. Said assistant librarian shall give the members of the Legislature such aid and assistance in the drafting of bills and resolutions as may be asked.

SEC. 12. The Texas Library and Historical Commission shall make a biennial report to the Governor which shall include the biennial report of the State Librarian. Said report shall present a comprehensive view of the operation of the said commission in the discharge of the duties imposed by this Act, shall present a review of the library conditions in this State, present an itemized statement of the expenditures of the commission, make such recommendations as their experience shall suggst and present careful estimates of the sum or sums of money necessary for the carrying out of the provisions of this Act. Said report shall be made and printed, and by the Governor be laid before the Legislature as are other department reports.

SEC. 13. The crowded condition of the calendar and the importance of this measure, create an emergency and an imperative public necessity

requiring the suspension of the Constitutional rule which requires that all bills be read on three several days, and it is hereby suspended, and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its passage, and it is so enacted.

[NOTE.—The enrolled bill shows that the foregoing Act passed the House by the following vote, yeas 80, nays 36; was referred to the Senate, amended and passed by the following two-thirds vote, yeas 22, nays 4; and that the House concurred in the Senate amendments by the following vote, yeas 95, nays 22.]

Approved March 19, 1909.
Became a law March 19, 1909.

HIDE AND ANIMAL INSPECTOR-ALLOWING COUNTIES

TO HAVE.

H. B. No. 472.]

CHAPTER 71. An Act to allow all counties in this State to determine by vote of the people as

to whether such county shall have a Hide and Animal Inspector and to provide for filling such office; and providing fees for same; and providing the

duties of such officer, and creating an emergency. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:

SECTION 1. That after the taking effect of this Act whenever twentyfive of the qualified voters of each justice precinct in any county, or a majority thereof shall petition the commissioners court for an election to determine whether such county shall have a hide and animal inspector, said court shall either at general or special term order such election to be held after thirty days notice having been given by posting such notice in each of such justice precincts and by publishing same in some newspaper published in said county, if there be one so published. It shall be the duty of the clerk of said court to prepare said notices and the sheriff to put up same and make return of such posting and file with said clerk, showing time and place of such posting.

SEC. 2. The commissioners court at the time of ordering said election shall appoint two persons to act as judges designating one of such as presiding judge and two persons to act as clerks, who shall hold sail election, count the votes and foot up same showing the number of votes for and against the issue; the result shall be prepared in duplicate and sealed up, one copy for the commissioners court and the other to be retained by the presiding judge and the presiding judge shall deliver or cause to be delivered one copy of the result of said election to the clerk of the county court for said commissioners court within five days after said election. Within five days after such delivery of such returns to said clerk the commissioners court shall count the votes and declare the results and enter the same on the election record. The county shall pay the expenses of holding such election.

SEC. 3. The election shall be held under the law as now provided for holding local and general elections, and all qualified voters shall be en

titled to vote, and each ballot shall have written or printed on same "For Inspector," or "Against Inspector."

SEC. 4. If at such election a majority of the votes cast be “For Inspector," then the persons holding such offices shall retain same to the next general election, until his successor is elected and inducted into office as now provided by law; but in counties having no inspector, the commissioners court shall appoint one to serve until the next general election who shall give bond and take the oath of office as now provided by law..

SEC. 5. Such inspector as herein provided for shall be entitled to such fees for his services as are now provided by law; provided that no inspector herein provided for shall be entitled to any fee unless he shall make a personal inspection of each animal or hide to be inspected as provided by law.

SEC. 6. That no election shall be held oftener than every two years under this Act.

SEC. 7. That all laws and parts of laws in conflict herewith be and the same are hereby repealed.

SEC. 8. There being now no law whereby a county can determine by a vote of its people whether they want an inspector of hides and animals and there being a sharp division of opinion by the voters in many counties on this question, and the crowded condition of the calendar and the near approach of the end of the Session create an imperative public necessity that the Constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several days be suspended and that this Act take effect and be in force from its passage, and it is so enacted.

Approved March 19, 1909.
Takes effect ninety days after adjournment.

COURTS-NINTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT.

H. B. No. 473.]

CHAPTER 72. An Act to amend an Act passed on the 31st day of March, 1903, "An Act to

amend subdivision 9 of Article 22, Title IV, of the Revised Civil Statutes of the State of Texas, 1895, changing the time of holding court and the length of terms of court in certain counties in the Ninth Judicial District of the State of Texas."

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas :

SECTION 1. That Subdivision 9, Article 22, Title IV, of the Revised Statutes of the State of Texas, 1895, be amended so as to hereafter read as follows:

9. The Ninth Judicial District shall be composed of the counties of Montgomery, Liberty, Chambers, Hardin, San Jacinto and Polk, and the district courts therein shall be held as follows:

In the county of Montgomery, on the second Monday in January and July, and may continue in session four weeks.

In the county of Liberty, on the fourth Monday after the second Monday in January and July, and may continue in session five weeks.

In the county of Chambers, on the ninth Monday after the second Monday in January and July, and may continue in session two weeks.

In the county of Hardin, on the eleventh Monday after the second Monday in January and July, and may continue in session five weeks

In the county of San Jacinto, on the sixteenth Monday after the second Monday in January and July, and may continue in session four weeks.

In the county of Polk, on the twentieth Monday after the second Monday in January and July, and may continue in session until the business is disposed of.

SEC. 2. That all process and writs and bonds heretofore issued or which may be issued up to the time of the taking effect of this Act by or from the district courts of said counties, and returnable to the terms of said courts as now fixed by law in the several counties composing said district, are hereby made returnable to the terms of said court as fixed by this Act, and all such process and writs, as well as all bonds and recognizance heretofore entered into in any of said courts, are hereby validated and legalized just as if the same had been made returnable to the terms of said court as fixed by this Act, and all such process and bonds, and all process heretofore returnable into any of said courts shall be as valid as if no change had been made in the time of holding said courts.

Approved March 19, 1909.
Takes effect ninety days after adjournment.

HIDE AND ANIMAL INSPECTOR-PARMER COUNTY.

H. B. No. 525.]

CHAPTER 73. An Act to require the Governor to appoint an Inspector of Hides and Animals

for the county of Parmer and place said county under the provisions of Articles

5002 to 5042, inclusive, Revised Statutes of 1895, and declaring an emergency. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:

SECTION 1. That the Governor of Texas shall immediately appoint an Inspector of Hides and Animals for the county of Parmer who shall hold his office for two years and until the appointment and qualification of his successor. That the said county, Parmer, shall be subject to all the provisions of Articles 5002 to 5042, inclusive, Revised Statutes of Texas of 1895.

Sec. 2. The near approach of adjournment of this Legislature and the crowded condition of the calendar create an emergency and an imperative public necessity that the Constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several days be suspended and that this Act become a law from and after its passage, and it is so enacted.

[NOTE.— The enrolled bill shows that the foregoing Act finally passed the House by the following vote, yeas 103, nays 0; and passed the Senate by a two-thirds vote, yeas 24, nays 0.]

Approved March 19, 1909.
Became a law March 19, 1909.

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HIDE AND ANIMAL INSPECTOR-OLDHAM COUNTY.

H. B. No. 567.]

CILAPTER 7. An Act to require the Governor to aproint an Inspector of Hides and Animals

for the county of Oldham and place said county under the provisions of Articles

5002 to 5042, inclusive, Revised Statutes of 1895, and declaring an emergency. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:

SECTION 1. That the Governor of Texas shall immediately appoint an Inspector of Hides and Animals for the county of Oldham, who shall hell his office for two years and until the appointinent and qualification of his successor. That the said county, Oldham, shall be subject to all the provisions of Articles 5002 to 5042, inclusive, Revised Statutes of Texas of 1895.

SEC. 2. The near approach of adjournment of this Legislature and the crowded condition of the calendar create an emergency and imperative public necessity that the Constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several days be suspended and that this Act become a law from and after its passage, and it is so enacted.

[NOTE.-The enrolled bill shows that the foregoing Act finally passed the House by the following vote, yeas 102, nays 0; and passed the Senate by a two-thirds vote, yeas 23, nays 0.]

Approved March 19, 1909.
Became a law March 19, 1909.

LAWS-PROVIDING FOR REVISION.

H. B. No. 182.]

CHAPTER 75. An Act to provide for revising, digesting, annotating and publishing the civil

and criminal laws of the State of Texas, and to require the commissioners appointed to revise the Statutes; to prepare two bills, one providing a civil and one a criminal code of practice in the courts of this State, and report the same to the Governor, who shall submit the same to the Legislature.

SECTION 1. The Governor shall, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, if in session, appoint three commissioners, who shall be learned in the law, whose duty it shall be to make a complete revision and digest of the laws, civil and criminal, of the State of Texas, and annotate the same in accordance with the provisions of this Act. Said commissioners shall adopt such of the Revised Statutes, Civil and Criminal, as have not been repealed or amended, together with an appropriate arrangement of titles, articles, marginal references and chapter head lines, and shall not change the words or punctuations thereof except in cases of evident clerical or typographical errors; or to improve the verbiage or make clear the meaning of the text, provided the present numbering or arrangement of the articles is not required to be preserved.

SEC. 2. All statutes passed since the adoption of the Revised Statutes, including those passed at the Regular and Special Sessions, if any, of the Thirty-first Legislature, and those that may have been passed at the time

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