The Ambassador in Mexico (Morrow) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 9, 1928.]
Sir: Referring to my despatch No. 198 of December 27, 1927,2 reporting the introduction of a bill by the President of the Republic in the Mexican Congress for the amendment of articles 14 and 15 of the Petroleum Law now in force,3 I have the honor to inform the Department that according to the local press on December 28 the Chamber of Deputies on December 27 passed the proposed legislation but with the following addition to the amended article 15:
“This term having passed, those rights shall be held as renounced and there shall have no effect whatever against the Federal Government the rights the confirmation of which may not have been requested.”
This action was taken by the Chamber of Deputies by unanimous vote and under suspension of the rules.
The report of the Second Committee on Constitutional Points recommending the passage of the legislation is enclosed herewith in translation.2
Today, I am informed that after reconsideration by both houses of Congress, the bill was passed yesterday as originally introduced with the addition of the word “confirmatory” in describing the concessions stipulated in the introductory clause of Article 14 and with the sanction recommended by the Chamber of Deputies in Article 15. I enclose herewith a copy and translation of the bill as passed for submission to the President.
I have [etc.]
- Not printed.↩
- For text of the petroleum bill approved by the Chamber of Deputies, November 26, 1925, see Foreign Relations, 1925, vol. ii, p. 531. For text of the petroleum law of December 26, 1925, see Diario Oficial, December 31, 1925.↩
- Not printed.↩
- See The Mexican Constitution of 1917 Compared With the Constitution of 1857 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1926).↩