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CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, ARTICLE III.

SEC. 39. No law passed by the Legislature, except the general appropriation act, shall take effect or go into force until ninety days after the adjournment of the session at which it was enacted, unless in case of an emergency, which emergency must be expressed in a preamble or in the body of the act, the Legislature shall, by a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, otherwise direct; said vote to be taken by yeas and nays, and entered upon the journals.

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PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS.

To all whom these presents may concern:

WHEREAS, The Eighteenth Legislature of the State of Texas did, at its regular biennial session, which convened in the city of Austin, Texas, on the ninth day of January, A. D. 1883, and adjourned on the thirteenth day of April, A. D. 1883, propose the following amendments to the Constitution, to-wit:

That sections 4 and 6, article 7, of the Constitution of the State of Texas, be amended so as to read as follows:

SEC. 4. The lands herein set apart to the public free school fund, shall be sold under such regulations, at such times, and on such terms as may be prescribed by law; and the Legislature shall not have power to grant any relief to purchasers thereof. The Comptroller shall invest the proceeds of such sales and of those heretofore made, as may be directed by the Board of Education herein provided for, in the bonds of the United States, the State of Texas, or counties in said State, or in such other securities, and under such restrictions as may be prescribed by law; and the State shall be responsible for all investments.

SEC. 6. All lands heretofore, or hereafter granted to the several counties of this State for educational purposes, are of right the property of said counties respectively, to which they were granted, and title thereto is vested in said counties, and no adverse possession or limitation shall ever be available against the title of any county. Each county may sell or dispose of its lands in whole or in part, in manner to be provided by the commissioners' court of the county. Actual settlers residing on said lands, shall be protected in the prior right of purchasing the same to the extent of their settlement, not to exceed one hundred and sixty acres, at the price fixed by said court, which price shall not include the value of existing improvements made thereon by such settlers. Said lands, and the proceeds thereof, when sold, shall be held by said counties alone as a trust for the benefit of public schools therein; said proceeds to be invested in bonds of the United States, the State of Texas, or counties in said State, or in such other securities and under such restrictions as may be prescribed by law; and the counties shall be responsible for all investments; the interest thereon, and other revenue, except the principal shall be available fund.

That section 9, article 8, of the Constitution of the State of Texas, be so amended as hereafter to read as follows:

ARTICLE 8.

"SECTION 9. The State tax on property, exclusive of the tax necessary to pay the public debt, and of the taxes provided for the

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