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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1961 - Introduction. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 11, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/14588/show/14240.

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Transcript EDITOR'S NOTE The 1961 HOUSTONIAN, fully realizing the history that has been made, presents an account of the key events during the 134-day campaign to obtain Senate and House of Representatives approval of full state support for the University of Houston. Keep in mind as you read, the months of preparation and years of study, by interested and dedicated persons, preceding the opening of the 57th Texas Legislature on January 10, 1961. 134-DAY CAMPAIGN BEGINS January 10, 1961: Rep. James A. Tur- man of Gober is named Speaker of the House today. He is believed to be strongly in favor of our bill. January 16, 1961: First of a series of meetings of the Harris County delegation at which Senate and H/R bills, timing, probable areas of support and opposition are discussed in great detail. We are seeking a low H/R number. BILLS ARE NUMBERED January 23, 1961: Bill is introduced in the Senate at 11:05 a.m., by Senator Robert W. Baker, who had been immediately recognized by Lt. Governor Ben Ramsey. The bill, SB 2, is referred to the State Affairs Committee. Delegation members in the House send word that Rep. Robert C. Eck- hardt has arranged to get the low number of HB 11 there. January 24, 1961: HB 11 is introduced in the House at 4:15 p.m. by Rep. Criss Cole. Co-signers include the entire Harris County H/R delegation and 34 other members from every area of the state. HB ll is then referred to the House State Affairs Committee. DIFFICULTIES FORESEEN February 1, 1961: There are increasing indications that most of our difficulties will be found in the Senate, where a hard core of resistance to any legislation involving major spending is developing. February 13, 1961: At a hearing before the State Affairs Committee of the Senate in the afternoon, the final vote is 10-7 in our favor. At one time during the afternoon, because of other meetings, hearings, etc., we have exactly three of our supporters present at the committee table. Closeness of vote is distressing although we are pleased to' get the bill out of committee. In the evening the State Affairs Committee of H/R refers the bill to a subcommittee with a minimum of unfriendly questioning. However, it is apparent that the committee will want an even more thorough study in spite of the months already spent on the problem. February 15, 1961: An intensive new program of contacting members of Senate and H/R is begun by the delegation, with assistance from members over the state who are backing us. A decision is reached to push SB 2 first, possibly trying for a vote in mid-March. SENATE STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE listens as University of Houston Vice-President McElhinney answers questions concerning the University's financial status. March 8, 1961: We are approaching the necessary 2-1 margin needed to bring SB 2 up in the Senate. TEST VOTE MEETS DEFEAT March 20, 1961: We are advised to try a run in the Senate, in order to get an absolute measure of strength, as the opposition is gathering its forces and time is running out. March 23, 1961: On a test vote to bring MOTION PICTURES bring the campus to Austin for members of the House State Affairs Committee. up SB 2, at 11:15 a.m., we are defeated 14-15 in the Senate. The vote is actually 16-13, but two of our supporters voted "no" when it becomes apparent that we do not have a chance of mustering the 2-1 margin necessary. Post-mortem decisions: This is a defeat, but it clarifies our position. We must now abandon the hope of obtaining support in 1961, and hope that somehow it will be possible to bring the University in the system as of 1963. April 1, 1961: An emergency meeting of community leaders is called in Houston to discuss a series of contacts with members of the Legislature, principally to improve our position in the Senate. CAMPUS IMPRESSES SUBCOMMITTEE April 8, 1961: H/R subcommittee holds a two-hour public hearing in the M. D. Anderson Library Auditorium. An unbiased firm supplies an evaluation of $34,000,000 on our campus and physical plant, which seems to favorably impress the subcommittee. April 12, 1961: We are again approaching a 2-1 majority in the Senate, with the adoption of the 1963 entrance date and other amendments. The H/R State Affairs Committee votes out HB 11 unanimously, on the basis of a highly favorable recommendation from the subcommittee which visited the campus. 11 DAYS OF FILIBUSTERS BEGIN April 17, 1961: Senator Baker is able to bring up SB 2 at 11:20 a.m. by the barest possible margin of 20-10. Opposing senators then begin a determined filibuster. April 18, 1961: Filibuster continues in the Senate. Adjournment comes at 6 p.m. by agreement because obvious opposition can go past midnight and no Senate bills can be debated tomorrow or the next day. We are ready for a vote in the House and believe that we have between 85 and 90 votes there on HB 11. April 19, 1961: HB 11 is engrossed (passed on to second reading) today at 2:20 p.m. with a vote of 84-34. Rep. Cole tries immediately for the 2-1 margin needed for suspension and third passage, but fails 86-48. After analysis, the delegation goes to work at once on the approximately 15 additional votes they believe can be changed.