Importance Of The Texas Constitution

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change Texas back to its old values. Without doing this the congress and Texans were afraid they would not be able to maintain their tradition. Some of the values were, independence, small government, less taxes, and localized school systems. The representatives and delegates wanted to create these values through a new constitution. The laws and values of the Constitution of 1876 are still in Texas today. Texas is still a strong conservative state whose values have still remained the same. The purpose of the Constitution of 1876 was to make a Texas Constitution, not a Northern Constitution. By going through the important days during the constitutional convention, we will see how it was done. Along with the reasons for these new laws to the …show more content…
There were seventy-five Democratic delegates, and fifteen Republican delegates. Six of the Republican delegates were African American. With around eighty-three percent of the delegates being Democrats there were no worries about approving laws. The first part of the constitution called for the districts to call out their number and to review their certificate. The delegates then had to take an oath from a state official. Following this they called to nominate the convention president, and Edward B. Pickett won the majority of votes on both ballots. The same nomination process would take place in nominating seven committee leaders to work with Pickett. The day was ended shortly after. The first day was for organizing the convention. Nominating Edward B. Pickett as the president was a smart choice for the convention. Pickett was a strong supporter of Texan values and has experience with law. He knew what the goals were and enacted on them throughout the convention. Pickett was a lawyer and fought for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He was elected into the Texas Senate in 1869. Where …show more content…
When you compare and contrast the 1869 constitution with the 1876 constitution in terms of taxes, the main difference is legislative power. In the Constitution of 1869 statewide taxes were collected in one spot, compared to the Constitution of 1876 where the taxes were collected in local districts. The Constitution of 1869 was more complex and more controlled by the legislative body of government. The taxation and revenue section of the constitution came in Article VIII. Out of the eighteen sections pertaining taxes. I chose four of those which point out the goals that were previously discussed. Article VIII section 1 starts with the equality of all taxes to any person in the state. To tax the fair rate for the worth of the land. Proportioning the tax rate according to the value of the land. The section also mentions not requiring an occupation tax to some. “persons engaged in mechanical or agricultural pursuits shall never be required to pay an occupation tax.” (TX. Const. art. VIII, § 1) It also supports fair tax rates to businesses

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