HARRIS, O. H. (b. 1932)

Profession: Attorney
Political Service: Texas Senate
Political Party: Republican

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Attorney, member of the Texas Senate from Dallas, Republican. His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-first Legislature. Biographical information; decision to enter politics; personal political philosophy; one-year budget versus two-year budget; revenue legislation; comments about Governor Preston Smith and Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes; welfare legislation; state minimum wage law; University of Texas at Dallas.
Date of Interview: November 5, 1969

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His experiences and personal views as a member of the Regular and First Special Session of the Sixty-second Legislature. Revenue bills; corporate profits tax; Sharpstown Stock-fraud scandal; legislative ethics; “Dirty Thirty”; appropriations; redistricting; personal legislation.
Date of Interview: July 6, 1971

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His experiences and personal views as a member of the Second, Third, and Fourth Special Sessions of the Texas Legislature. Financing primary elections; appropriations bill; “lame ducks”; nomination of Larry Teaver to the State Insurance Commission; insurance legislation; Senate rules revision; nomination of Bob Bullock to the State Insurance Commission; comments about Governor Preston Smith.
Date of Interview: November 27, 1972

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His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-third Legislature. Freshman senators; comments about Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby; committee appointments; reform legislation; comments about Governor Dolph Briscoe.
Date of Interview: June 29, 1973

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His experiences and personal views while serving as a member of the Texas Constitutional Convention, 1974. Need for constitutional revision; Price Daniel, Jr., as chairman of the Constitutional Convention; Finance Committee; right-to-work provision; failure of Constitutional Convention.
Date of Interview: December 23, 1974

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His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-fourth Legislature. Public school financing; public utilities legislation; constitutional revision; personal legislation.
Date of Interview: August 11, 1975

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His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-fifth Texas Legislature. Budget surplus; appropriations; highway bill; public school financing; personal legislation; comments about Governor Dolph Briscoe.
Date of Interview: September 7, 1977

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His experiences and personal views as a member of the Second Special Session of the Sixty-fifth Texas Legislature. Influence of Proposition 13 in California; opposition to special session; repeal of sales tax on utility bills; modification of inheritance tax exemptions; ad valorem tax; agricultural land; initiative­ referendum; Peveto Bill; comments about the gubernatorial campaign of William Clements.
Date of Interview: November 27, 1978

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His experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-sixth Legislature. Relationship with Governor William Clements; appropriations; Budget Execution Act; consumer legislation; Peveto Bill; public school financing; comments about “Killer Bees”; separate presidential primaries.
Date of Interview: September 7, 1979

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