Article III, Section 37 of the Texas Constitution

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Adopted February 15, 1876:

No bill shall be considered, unless it has been first referred to a committee and reported thereon, and no bill shall be passed which has not been presented and referred to and reported from a committee at least three days before the final adjournment of the Legislature.

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  • Day Land & Cattle Co. v. State, 4 S.W. 865, 873 (Tex. 1887) ("The requirement is that a bill shall be 'referred to a committee, and reported thereon,' before it shall be considered. This, from the averments of the answer, was done, and we cannot, under the wording of the constitution, say that more than this was necessary. If, however, the constitution required a bill to be referred to a committee of each house, and to be reported on before the house making the reference acted on it, it would be conclusively presumed that the legislature complied with the requirements.")

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