Article I, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution ("Appropriations for Sectarian Purposes")

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Adopted February 15, 1876:

No money shall be appropriated, or drawn from the Treasury for the benefit of any sect, or religious society, theological or religious seminary; nor shall property belonging to the State be appropriated for any such purposes.

Editor Comments

Sections 4 through 7 of Article I, including the recently adopted Section 6-a, concern religion.

The Texas Supreme Court has never addressed this section, which prohibits the state from using either its money or property "for the benefit of" a religious group.

However, the Texas Attorney General, in Tex. Att'y Gen. Op. H-66 (1973), opined at length on the constitutionality of the Tuition Equalization Grant Program.

Steve Smith

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