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Senate Committee on State Affairs - 76th R.S. (1999)

Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Charge 1 Intermodal transportation
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on State Affairs report to the 77th Legislature : charge 1, intermodal transportation.
Subjects: GARVEE bonds | Highway finance | Motor fuels taxes | North American Free Trade Agreement | Railroads | Toll roads | Transportation | Transportation bonds | Transportation infrastructure | Transportation, Texas Department of |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 st29a 1
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [99 pages  File size: 1,593 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Evaluate the state's intermodal transportation planning efforts with an emphasis on NAFTA-related trade corridors and their impact on both metropolitan and rural areas of the state. The Committee shall address all modes of transportation including highways, farm-to-market roads, turnpikes, mass transit, aviation, railroads and water traffic. The Committee shall determine whether the state is maximizing federal funding levels, and evaluate alternative and innovative methods of transportation funding and develop recommendations for their use. The Committee shall coordinate study of this issue with the Special Committee on Border Affairs. The final preparation of the report will be the responsibility of the State Affairs Committee.
Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Charge 10 State use program
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on State Affairs report to the 77th Legislature : charge 10, state use program.
Subjects: Persons with disabilities | Texas Council on Purchasing from People with Disabilities |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 st29a 10
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [59 pages  File size: 1,350 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Review Texas' State Use Program and the benefit provided to persons with disabilities. The committee shall examine the powers and duties of the Council on Purchasing from People with Disabilities (the Council); funding methods for the Council staff and activities; the Council's oversight of the central non-profit and community rehabilitation program work centers; the utilization by and satisfaction of customers with goods and services provided under the program; the nature of disabilities required for participating in the program, and the adequacy of rules governing the State Use Program, including whether standards of eligibility for work center products and services should be added to statute. The committee shall also ensure the appropriate nature and amount of involvement by people with disabilities in the production of goods and provision of services.
Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Charge 2 Devolution in the state
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on State Affairs report to the 77th Legislature : charge 2, studying the impact of devolution on the state.
Subjects: Aging and Disability Services, Texas Department of | Federal funds | Federal government | Health, Texas Department of | Housing and Community Affairs, Texas Department of | Human Services, Texas Department of | Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Texas | State agencies | State Auditor's Office, Texas | Workforce Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 st29a 2
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [93 pages  File size: 3,705 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the impact of devolution and other federal streamlining and efficiency efforts on major state agencies, including full-time equivalent employee (FTE) increases, major programmatic changes, and administrative costs to the state. The Committee shall also study conflicts and overlaps among agencies resulting from federally devolved functions and responsibilities. The Committee shall coordinate study of this issue with the Committee on Finance. The final preparation of the report will be the responsibility of the State Affairs Committee.
Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Charge 3 Commercial truck safety
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on State Affairs report to the 77th Legislature : charge 3, commercial truck safety.
Subjects: Semi-trailer trucks | Traffic safety | Transportation, Texas Department of |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 st29a 3
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [61 pages]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Evaluate the safety of the state's commercial trucking industry, including the safety of roads and bridges; enforcement of truck safety regulations by the Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement entities; the effectiveness of current laws relating to oversize and overweight vehicles; and the adequacy of the fee structure designed to compensate county governments for road repair.
Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Charge 5 Metropolitan transit authorities
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on State Affairs report to the 77th Legislature : charge 5, metropolitan transit authorities.
Subjects: Mass transit |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 st29a 5
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [60 pages  File size: 154 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the funding and expenditures of metropolitan transit authorities (MTAs) and budgetary relationships that MTAs have with the cities they serve. The Committee shall analyze the overall fiscal management of the MTAs and the effectiveness of their delivery of services on a cost-benefit basis.
Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Charge 6 Motor vehicle licensed dealers
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on State Affairs report to the 77th Legislature : charge 6, sale of motor vehicles by licensed dealers.
Subjects: Automobile dealers | Buses |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 st29a 6
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [27 pages  File size: 444 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study whether certain types of vehicles such as buses for mass transit, EMS and fire fighting vehicles, and heavy trucks should be subject to all of the licensing requirements applicable to automobile dealers.
Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Charge 7 Surety bonds
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on State Affairs report to the 77th Legislature : charge 7, purchase of insurance and surety bonds by state agencies and institutions.
Subjects: Liability insurance | Risk Management, State Office of |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 st29a 7
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [66 pages  File size: 1,739 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the purchase of insurance and surety bonds by state agencies and institutions, including an evaluation of premiums paid and claims recovered.
Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Charge 9 RFRA and electronic filing
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on State Affairs report to the 77th Legislature : charge 9, monitoring implementation of Texas RFRA and electronic filing.
Subjects: Campaign contributors | Campaign funds | Freedom of religion | Religion | Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 st29a 9
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [55 pages  File size: 1,720 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Monitor the implementation of the following bills enacted during the 76th Legislature, Regular Session: SB 138, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to government restrictions on the exercise of religion; and HB 2611, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to electronic reporting of certain political contributions and political expenditures.

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