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Current Articles & Research Resources, May 6

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Review the updated Biennial Revenue Estimate. (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, May 2021)
  • Find out which cars are the most and least expensive to maintain and keep on the road. (Mechanicbase.com, May 2, 2021)
  • Consider how lack of sleep in middle age can affect brain health in the future. (Alzheimers.gov, April 27, 2021)
  • Read about oak trees still recovering from the severe winter storms in February. (Texas A&M Forest Service, May 4, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

New & Noteworthy Books and Reports: May 2021

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the titles from our May 2021 New & Noteworthy list.

Check out and delivery of New & Noteworthy titles is available to legislative staff in Capitol and District offices. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, you can submit an online request through the New & Noteworthy page on our website, contact the library at 512-463-1252, or use our PDF request form.

 

1. Preventing the Next Pandemic: Vaccine Diplomacy in a Time of Anti-science
By Peter J. Hotez
Attributes the global rise of epidemic infectious disease to many factors, including war, climate change, shifting poverty, urbanization, and anti-vaccination views — culminating in the dramatic outbreak of COVID-19. Examines the culture of anti-science and anti-vaccination that is contributing to declines in previous global health gains and increases in vaccine-preventable and neglected diseases. Emphasizes that vaccine diplomacy and partnerships are critical for preventing more pandemics in a post-COVID world.
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021, 192 pages
362.19698 H832P 2021

 

 

2. The Sports Revolution: How Texas Changed the Culture of American Athletics
By Frank Andre Guridy
Describes how the Lone Star State was at the center of America's investment in sport from the 1960s through the 1980s, with the confluence of television, professional sports leagues and franchises, changing demographics, and the civil rights and feminist movements. Includes discussion of the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Senators (now Texas Rangers), Houston Astros, and San Antonio Spurs.
University of Texas Press, 2021, 418 pages
796.09764 G979S 2021

 

 

3. The People’s Revolt: Texas Populists and the Roots of American Liberalism
By Gregg Cantrell
Narrates a detailed history of the Texas Populist Party in the 1890s, which arose from farmer and worker cooperatives in the industrial, post-Civil War South. Profiles the careers of Populists and explores their views on financial policy, religion, and racial and gender equality. Argues that although the Texas Populists of the 1890s saw little political success in their time, they should be considered important influences on modern American liberalism.
Yale University Press, 2020, 555 pages
324.276402 C233P 2020

 

 

4. The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future
By Gretchen Bakke, Ph.D.
Presents a historical and social perspective of America's electrical grid technology, the laws that shaped the current system, and the economics that drive it. Examines the current challenges in modernizing the grid's deteriorating and failing infrastructure systems. Notes Americans endure more outages than people in other industrial countries and more minutes of outages each year. Considers factors necessary to transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
Bloomsbury, 2016, 352 pages
333.7932 B168G 2016

 

 

5. CSSB 1: The House Appropriations Committee’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal 2022-23
By House Research Organization
Provides an overview of the House Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1 (CSSB 1), the House Appropriations Committee's version of the state budget for the 2022-2023 biennium. Addresses significant budget issues along with House and Senate proposals for funding individual state agencies and programs. Includes supporters' and critics' opinions regarding CSSB 1.
House Research Organization, 2021, 42 pages
L1801.9 ST94 87F-2

 

 

6. Summary of House Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1: 2022-23 Biennium (House)
By Legislative Budget Board
Summarizes appropriations found within the House Committee Substitute for the General Appropriations Bill, SB 1, 87th Legislature. Highlights major funding items, trends in state government expenditures, and constitutional spending limits. Includes article-specific chapters, a guide on how to read General Appropriations Bills, and a chart comparing the committee substitute to the House version of the General Appropriations Bill, HB 1, 87th Legislature.
Legislative Budget Board, 2021, 132 pages
L1300.8 B859 2022_23SH

 

 

7. Summary of Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1: 2022-23 Biennium (Senate)
By Legislative Budget Board
Summarizes appropriations found within the Senate Committee Substitute for the General Appropriations Bill, SB 1, 87th Legislature. Highlights major funding items, trends in state government expenditures, and constitutional spending limits. Includes article-specific chapters, a guide on how to read General Appropriations Bills, and a chart comparing the introduced version to the committee substitute.
Legislative Budget Board, 2021, 130 pages
L1300.8 B859 2022_23SS

 

Bill Statistics & Upcoming Deadlines, May 3

As the 87th Legislature draws to a close, a series of end-of-session deadlines begin to take effect. Below is a list of deadlines that occur next week:

  • Monday, May 10: Last day for House committees to report House bills (HBs) and House joint resolutions (HJRs).
  • Tuesday, May 11: Deadline for the House to distribute the last House Daily Calendar with House bills and House joint resolutions.
  • Wednesday, May 12: Deadline for the House to distribute the last House Local and Consent Calendar with consent House bills.
  • Thursday, May 13: Last day for the House to consider House bills and House joint resolutions on second reading on the House Daily or Supplemental Calendar.
  • Friday, May 14: Last day for the House to consider consent House bills on second and third reading and all third reading House bills or House joint resolutions on the House Supplemental Calendar.

House and Senate calendars are available on the Texas Legislature Online.

 

Bill statistics for the period of November 9, 2020 — April 30, 2021, are below.

  House Bills (HBs) &
House Joint Resolutions (HJRs)
Senate Bills (SBs) &
Senate Joint Resolutions (SJRs)
Filed 4,828 2,296
Reported out of committee

1,789

670
Passed by chamber of origin 617 549
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 178 432
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 44 150
Passed opposite chamber 36 19
Signed by the Governor 1 2

Current Articles & Research Resources, April 29

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Review a brief overview of the apportionment and redistricting process following the 2020 Census. (Congressional Research Service, April 27, 2021)
  • Find information related to consumable hemp products. (Texas Department of State Health Services, updated March 10, 2021)
  • See the dates for the 2021-2022 hunting season in Texas. (Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, accessed April 28, 2021)
  • Explore obesity prevalence by state. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 31, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Current Articles & Research Resources, April 22

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Read about actions taken by the Federal Trade Commission to protect consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Federal Trade Commission, April 2021)
  • See sources of state revenue by state. (Pew Data Visualization, April 21, 2021)
  • Read tips about lowering the amount of heavy metals consumed via baby food. (Nemours, March 2021)
  • Find resources related to identifying and preventing human trafficking. (Texas Health & Human Services Commission, accessed April 21, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Current Articles & Research Resources, April 15

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Consider economic conditions and poverty rates in 2019, before the start of the pandemic. (Congressional Research Service, April 13, 2021)
  • Read about potential but expected vaccine side effects. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 16, 2021)
  • Learn about the wildflowers of Texas. (Texas Highways, accessed April 14, 2021)
  • Review the Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community for 2021. (Office of the Director of National Intelligence, April 9, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Research Minute: Linked Minutes Available for 63rd–81st Legislatures

Scanned committee minutes have been linked to bills in the Legislative Archive System (LAS) for the 63rd–81st Legislatures (1973–2009). Linking bills to scanned minutes from the 82nd-83rd Legislatures is currently underway.

When looking at a specific bill's LAS record, minutes are linked under the "Committee information" tab.

You can also find links to committee minutes at the bottom of the "History" tab view.

You can search minutes by committee name, chamber, and session.

More recent committee minutes can be accessed via the "Committees" tab on Texas Legislature Online.

Current Articles & Research Resources, April 8

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Review an analysis of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund that was included as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. (Council of State Governments, accessed April 7, 2021)
  • Explore the water safety and quality guide from Consumer Reports. (Consumer Reports, updated April 2, 2021)
  • Read about efforts to combat aquatic invasive species in Texas. (Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, April 7, 2021)
  • Find lists of judges and clerks in Texas by county. (Office of Court Administration, accessed April 7, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Current Articles & Research Resources, April 1

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Review provisional 2020 mortality data for the U.S. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 31, 2021)
  • Consider how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected plastic bag bans in the U.S. (Stateliness, March 30, 2021)
  • Find education and academic resources for online learning. (LLRX.com, March 31, 2021)
  • Read about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the workload of mothers. (Brookings Institution, March 30, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

New & Noteworthy Books and Reports: March 2021

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the titles from our March 2021 New & Noteworthy list.

Check out and delivery of New & Noteworthy titles is available to legislative staff in Capitol and District offices. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, you can submit an online request through the New & Noteworthy page on our website, contact the library at 512-463-1252, or use our PDF request form.

 

1. Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty
By Maurice Chammah
Recounts the history of the death penalty in America through court cases and state laws from the Supreme Court decision in Furman v. Georgia in 1972 to the present, with a special focus on Texas. Uses personal stories of lawyers, victims, corrections workers, and the convicted to illustrate the complexities of death penalty cases and highlight larger trends within criminal justice in Texas and the United States.
Crown, 2021, 354 pages
364.6609764 C448L 2021

 

 

2. Making Government Work: A Conservative Agenda for the States
By Tan Parker, ed.
Presents a collection of essays from a conservative policy perspective on federalism, pro-growth tax reform for the states, health care innovation, religious liberty, the Electoral College, labor unions, energy policy, crime, public universities, veterans, infrastructure, abortion, and the Second Amendment. Includes a chapter on the Texas Model by former Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Regnery Publishing, 2020, 466 pages
353.9 P228M 2020

 

 

3. Reading, Writing, and Revolution: Escuelitas and the Emergence of a Mexican American Identity in Texas
By Phillis M. Barragan Goetz
Traces the origins and eventual decline of grassroots escuelitas, or "little schools," community-based Spanish-speaking schools that helped shape the early Mexican Texan experience. Merges U.S. and Mexican history by analyzing oral histories, archives, and genealogical materials of individuals who were involved in creating escuelitas and those who attended them. Details the ways in which escuelitas founders and teachers addressed key needs in their communities and how they ultimately challenged the hegemonic U.S. public school curriculum by empowering children through language and identity.
University of Texas Press, 2020, 236 pages
371.829 G555R 2020

 

 

4. Sutherland Springs: God, Guns, and Hope in a Texas Town
By Joe Holley
Explores how the people of the Sutherland Springs community are rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in a church setting in U.S. history, an event in which 26 people died. Features interviews with survivors and with victims' families while examining the topic of guns and gun violence.
Hatchette Books, 2020, 294 pages
364.152 H724S 2020

 

 

5. Texas Place Names
By Edward Callary
Recounts colorful stories about the people, places, and events that contributed to the naming of more than ten thousand Texas counties, cities, and towns – from Abbott (Hill County) to Zunkerville (Karnes County). Clarifies local pronunciation and includes the dates of creation and organization for each county. Mentions a number of places named for Texas legislators and their families, including Akin Grove, Cleveland, DeBerry, Emory, Hartley County, Hubbard, Kittrell, Maverick County, Millican, Rains County, and Rowlett.
University of Texas Press, 2020, 411 pages
976.4 C131T 2020

 

 

6. Texas Water Law: A Legal Research Guide
By Tobe Liebert
Provides guidance on researching Texas water law. Offers a short introduction on classifying surface water and groundwater and water use rights in Texas. Cites the statutory basis, duties, and regulations related to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). Includes sections on relevant secondary sources and major state legislation and a glossary.
William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 2020, 47 pages
346.04691 L716W 2020

 

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