Article XIV, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution

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This section was repealed August 5, 1969.

Editor Comments

The former section was adopted in 1876 and never amended.

It read: "The State of Texas hereby releases to the owner or owners of the soil all mines and minerals that may be on the same, subject to taxation as other property."

Categorized as "deadwood," it and numerous other sections were repealed by the same ballot proposition in 1969.

Steve Smith

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Historic Decisions

  • Cox v. Robison, 150 S.W. 1149, 1156 (Tex. 1912) ("A full consideration of the question in all of its phases has brought us to the conclusion that it was not the intention of the framers of the original provision in 1866, or of the people who adopted the present Constitution in 1876, to give these terms a prospective operation and effect, so as to deny to the Legislature the power to provide for the reservation of minerals in future grants . . . . We recognize the rule that in general Constitutions and statutes operate prospectively; but the exception is as well established as the rule that they may operate retrospectively when it is apparent that such was the intention, provided no impairment of vested rights results.")

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