Article VII, Section 9 of the Texas Constitution

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This section was repealed November 6, 2001.

Editor Comments

As adopted in 1876, the section read: "All lands heretofore granted for the benefit of the Lunatic, Blind, Deaf and Dumb, and Orphan Asylums, together with such donations as may have been or may hereafter be made to either of them, respectively, as indicated in the several grants, are hereby set apart to provide a permanent fund for the support, maintenance and improvement of said asylums. And the Legislature may provide for the sale of the lands and the investment of the proceeds in manner as provided for the sale and investment of school lands in section 4 of this Article."

The former section, never amended, was repealed because the corpus of the four permanent funds that it mandated had become insignificant.

In 2001, about $600,000 was being held in the four funds and only 160 acres of public land remained for the benefit of the relevant institutions.

The ballot proposition that repealed this section included a temporary transition provision providing for the disposition of those funds and lands.

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