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.
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.
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- The Texas State Constitution: A Reference Guide (this one-volume resource is available at most law libraries and some municipal libraries)
- The Constitution of the State of Texas: An Annotated and Comparative Analysis (this two-volume resource is available at most law libraries and some municipal libraries)
- Constitution of the State of Texas (1876) (this resource is published and maintained by the University of Texas School of Law)
- Amendments to the Texas Constitution Since 1876 (this resource is published and regularly updated by the Legislative Council)
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