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to organize such districts under the provisions of Chapter XL of the Acts of the Thirtieth Legislature of the State of Texas, approved March 23, 1907, entitled, “Drainage districts, authorizing commissioners courts to establish,” and said Act has been deemed insufficient to authorize the establishment of such improvement districts for the purpo-es herein named, constitutes an emergency and imperative public necessity that the ('onstitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several days, be suspended, and also that this Act take effect from and after its passage, and it is so enacted.
[NOTE.—The enrolled bill shows that the foregoing Act passed the Senate by a two-thirds vote, yeas 28, nays (); and was referred to the House, amended and passed ; that the Senate refused to concur in the House amendments, and the bill was referred to a Free ('onference Committee; that the Free Conference ('ommittee's report was adopted by the Senate by a two-thirds vote, yeas 26, nays (); and by the House by the following vote, yeas 116, nays 0.7
Approved March 19, 1909.
H. B. No. 448.]
CHAPTER 86. An Act to amend Chapter 5, General Laws First Called Session of the 27th
Legislature, entitled "An Act to apportion the State of Texas into Congressional Districts, naming the counties composing the same and providing for the election of a member of the Congress of the United States from each dis
trict, and repealing all laws and parts of laws in conflict therewith.” Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:
SECTION 1. That until otherwise provided by law, the State of Texas shall be apportioned into the following Congressional Districts, each of which shall be entitled to elect one member to the Congress of the United States:
1st. The following counties shall compose the First District, to-wit: Bowie, Red River, Lamar, Delta, Hopkins, Franklin, Titus, Camp, Morris, Cass and Marion.
2nd. The following counties shall compose the Second District, towit: Jefferson, Hardin, Orange, Tyler, Jasper, Newton, Sabine, San Augustine, Angelina, Cherokee, Nacogdoches, Shelby, Panola, and Harrison. 3rd. The following counties shall compose the Third District, to-wit:
. Wood, Upshur, Gregg, Rusk, Smith, Henderson, Van Zandt, and Kaufman.
4th. The following counties shall compose the Fourth District, towit: Grayson, Collin, Fannin, Hunt and Rains.
5th. The following counties shall compose the Fifth District, to-wit: Dallas, Rockwall, Ellis, Hill and Bosque.
6th. The following counties shall compose the Sixth District, towit: Navarro, Freestone, Limestone, Robertson, Brazos and Milam.
7th. The following counties shall compose the Seventh District, towit: Anderson, Houston, Trinity, Polk, San Jacinto, Liberty, Chambers and Galveston.
8th. The following counties shall compose the Eighth District, to-wit: Harris, Fort Bend, Austin, Waller, Montgomery, Grimes, Walker, Madison and Leon.
9th. The following counties shall compose the Ninth District, towit: Gonzales, Fayette, Colorado, Wharton, Matagorda, Brazoria, Jackson, Lavaca, De Witt, Victoria, Calhoun, Aransas, Refugio Goliad and Karnes.
10th. The following counties shall compose the Tenth District, towit: Williamson, Travis, Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop, Lee, Burleson and Washington.
11th. The following counties shall compose the Eleventh District, to-wit: McLennan, Falls, Bell, Coryell and Hamilton.
12th. The following counties shall compose the Twelfth District, towit: Tarrant, Parker, Johnson, Hood, Somervell, Erath and Comanche.
13th. The following counties shall compose the Thirteenth District, to-wit: Cooke, Denton, Wise, Montague, Clay, Jack, Young, Wichita, Archer, Wilbarger, Baylor, Throckmorton, Knox, Foard, Hardeman, Cottle, Motley, Dickens, Floyd, Hale, Lamb, Bailey, Childress, Hall, Briscoe, Swisher, Castro, Parmer, Deaf Smith, Randall, Armstrong, Donley, Collingsworth, Wheeler, Gray, Carson, Potter, Oldham, Hartley, Moore, Hutchinson, Roberts, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Hansford, Sherman and Dallam.
11th. The following counties shall compose the Fourteenth District, to-wit: Bexar, Comal, Kendall, Kerr, Gillespie, Blanco, Burnet, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, San Saba, Lampasas, Mills, Brown and Coleman.
15th. The following counties shall compose the Fifteenth District, to-wit: Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Zapata, Webb, Duval, Nueces, San Patricio, Live Oak, Atascosa, Wilson, Guadalupe, McMullen, La Salle, Dimmit, Maverick, Zavala, Frio, Medina, Cvalde, Kinney, Val Verde, Terrell, Bandera and Bee.
16th. The following counties shall compose the Sixteenth District, to-wit: El Paso, Jeff Davis, Presidio, Brewster, Pecos, Crockett, Schleicher, Sutton, Edwards, Kimble, Menard, Concho, Tom Green, Irion, l'pton, Crane, Ward, Reeves, Loving, Winkler, Ector, Midland, Glasscock, Sterling, Coke, Runnels, Eastland, Callahan, Taylor, Nolan, Mitchell, Howard, Martin, Andrews, Gaines, Dawson, Borden. Seurry, Fisher, Jones, Shackelford, Stephens, Palo Pinto, Haskell, Stonewall, King, Kent, Garza, Crosby, Lubbock, Lynn, Terry, Yoakum, Cochran and Hocklev.
SEC. 2. That all laws and parts of laws in conflict herewith be and the same are hereby repealed.
SEC. 3. The near approach of the close of the present Session creates an emergency and an imperative public necessity that the rule requiring bills to be read on three several days be suspended, and that this Act be placed on its third reading and final passage, and it is so enacted.
Approved March 20, 1909.
REAGAN PAPERS AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF. H. B. No. 478.]
CHAPTER 87. An Act to authorize the Governor of the State of Texas, to purchase and receive
a transfer from Mrs. John H. Reagan on behalf of the State, of the books and papers of the Hon. John H. Reagan, deceased, and making an appro priation of $10,000, to pay therefor; and declaring an emergency.
Whereas at the Democratic Convention held in San Antonio on the 13th day of August, 1908, the following resolution was adopted :
“Resolved, That we request our Legislature to carefully investigate the offer of Mrs. John H. Reagan to transfer to the State of Texas the books and papers of her revered husband and to act most generously toward her, gratefully remembering his life long devotion to our people,” thero fore, Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas :
SECTION 1. That the Governor of the State of Texas be, and he is hereby authorized and required to purchase and receive proper transfer thereof, on behalf of, and to the State of Texas, of the books and papers of the late Hon John H. Reagan, deceased, and to receive possession for the State of such books and papers.
SEC. 2. That the sum of $10,000 be paid to the said Mrs. John H. Reagan for said books and papers; and the Governor shall approve an account for said sum upon the delivery of the said books and papers and a proper transfer thereof to the State; and the Comptroller shall issue his warrant upon the Treasury based upon said approved account, for said sum, and the Treasurer shall pay the same out of the money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated.
SEC. 3. The fact of the crowded condition of the calendar and near approach of the end of the Session, creates an emergency and an imperative public necessity exists that the Constitutional rule requiring that bills be read on three several days be 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 94, nays 17; and passed the Senate by a two-thirds vote, veas 24, nays 0.]
Approved March 20, 1909.
CITIES AND TOWNS—MAY OWN LAND INSIDE OR OUTSIDE
LIMITS FOR WATERWORKS, ETC.
been or may hereafter be chartered or organized under the General Laws of
sary and proper, and declaring an emergency.
SECTION 1. That any town or city in this State, which may have been or may hareafter be chartered or organized under the general laws of Texas, or by special Act or charter, and which city or town owns or operates water-works, sewers, gas or electric lights, shall have the power and right to own land for such purposes within or without the limits of such town and city, and may purchase, construct and operate water, sewer and gas and electric light systems inside or outside of such town or city limits, and regulate and control same in a manner to protect the interests of such town or city; and such town or city shall have the power and right to sell water, gas, electric light or power and sewer privileges to any person or corporation outside of the limits of said town or city and to permit them to connect therewith under contract with such town or city, under such terms and conditions as may appear to be for the best interests of such town or city.
SEC. 2. That such town or city owning or operating such water or gas mains or sewer pipes and electric appliances, shall have the right 10 prescribe the kind of water or gas mains or sewer pipes and electric appliances within or beyond the limits of such town or city, and to inspect the same and require them to be kept in good order and condition at all times and to make such rules and regulations and prescribe penalties concerning same as shall be necessary and proper.
Sec. 3. The fact that no legal authority now exists for cities owning the public utilities mentioned in this Act to extend the benefits of the same to persons adjacent to such cities, creates an emergency and an imperative public necessity requiring that the Constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several days be suspended and that this Act take effect from and after its passage, and it is so enacted.
Approved March 20, 1909.
BLACKLISTING-DEFINING SAME. H. B. No. 168.]
CHAPTER 89. An Act to amend Section 1 of an Act of the Thirtieth Legislature, entitled, “An
Act to define and prohibit discrimination against persons seeking employment and to prescribe penalties for the breach of said Act," approved April 5, 1907, by adding thereto provisions requiring statements in writing from corporations and receivers to employees voluntarily leaving the employment, and requiring further that copies of statements shall be given to employees who have lost or are otherwise deprived of the use of the originals and prescribing more par. ticularly what facts shall be set out in all such statements, and declaring an
emergency. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas :
SECTION 1. That Section 1 of an Act of the Thirtieth Legislature, entitled “An Act to define and prohibit discrimination against persons seeking employment, and to prescribe penalties for the breach of said Act," approved April 5, 1907, be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows, to-wit:
Section 1. Either or any of the following acts shall constitute discrimination against persons seeking employment:
1. Where any corporation, or receiver of the same, doing business in this State, or any agent or officer of any such corporation or receiver shall black list, prevent, or attempt to prevent, by word, printing, sign, list or other means, directly or indirectly, any discharged employee, or any employee who may have voluntarily left said corporation's service, from obtaining employment with any other person, company, or corporation, except, by truthfully stating in writing on request of such former employee, the reason why such employee was discharged, or why his relationship to such company ceasea.
2. Where any corporation, or receiver of the same, doing business in this State, or any officer or agent of such corporation or receiver, shall by any means, directly or indirectly, communicate to any other person or corporation any information in regard to a person who may seek employment of such person or corporation, and fails to give such person in regard to whom the communication may be made, within ten days after demand therefor a complete copy of such communication, if in writing, and a true statement, if by sign or other means, not in writing, and the names and addresses of all persons or corporations to whom said communication shall have been made.
3. Where any corporation, or receiver of the same, doing business in this State, or any agent or employee of such corporation or receiver, shall have discharged an employee, and such employee demands a statement in writing of the cause of his lischarge, and such corporation, receiver, agent or employee thereof fails to furnish a true statement of the same to such discharged emplovee within ten days after such demand, or where any corporation or receiver of the same, or any officer or agent of such corporation or receiver, shall fail, within ten days after written demand for the same, to furnish to any employee voluntarily leaving the service of such corporation or receiver, a statement in writing that such employee did leave such service voluntarily, or where any corporation or receiver of the same doing business within this State, shall fail to show