Baylor University Poage Library

Scope and Content

These papers document the diversity of materials received by a Texas Legislator from 1991-1998. Since the Legislature meets for only a few weeks every other year, a local legislator has a massive amount of information to digest in order to be able to vote knowledgeably. These papers have been arranged in four series:

I. Administration, State of Texas

II. Correspondence

III. Legislation

IV. Publications

Any major legislation during Place's tenure can be documented in the first series: Administration. There are four sub-series under this: Agencies, Interstate Commerce Commission, Committee of Criminal Jurisprudence, and Task Force on Illegal Gambling. Examples of agencies covered include: Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Education Coordinating Board, Joint Select Committee on Jury Handbook, and Texas Punishment Standrad Commission.

The subseries for the Interstate Commerce Commission deals with the merger of the Burlington Northern and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fee railways. Included is information on such topics as AMTRAK, Arizona Electric Power Coperative, Farmrail Corp. And Grainbelt, serveral power and light companies, several railway companies, Western Coal Traffice League, and Western Resources.

The Sub-series for Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence contains information about bills related to the death penalty, committee meetings, agendas, and the Subcommittee on Laws and Procedures Relating to Death Sentences.

The Task Force on Illegal Gambling sub-series contains extensive information on gambling laws from every sate. This information was compiled in 1997.

The second series containing correspondence is divided into two subseries: People and Topics. The People subseries is small and contains letters from public officials dealing with specific subjects such as employee retirement, concealed handguns, medicaid fraud, firearms, jail inmates. The second subseries contains 213 folders arranged by topic by legislative session: 72nd - 75th.

The Legislation series is also divided into two subseries: Bills by legislative number and Reports. There are 575 folders of various bills from the 72nd to the 75th legislature including a number of special called sessions. Bills are arranged in numerical order, then chronologically. The Reports subseries contains master lists of bills, daily floor reports, lists of bills passed, and some schedules.

The Publication series is divided into four subseries: Reports, Legislative Clipping Service, Texas Register, and Journals. Reports contain publications by state agencies, departments, and commissions. Most of these 395 items have been cataloged. Copies of the title pages have been retained in the files. The Finding Aid contains a complete list by title with call number. The Legislative Clipping Service contains articles about the Texas legislature from January 1992 to January 1996. Copies of the Texas Register go from January 1991 to December 1993 with additional scattered issues from 1994 and 1995. There are also House and Senate Journals from 1991, 1992, and 1993.