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Senate Committee on Business and Commerce - 80th R.S. (2007)

Committee: Senate Business and Commerce
Title: Interim Report - Developing Building Codes for Coastal Properties
Library Catalog Title: Developing building codes for coastal properties : interim report to the 81st Texas Legislature
Subjects: Building codes | Texas Gulf Coast | Tropical storms |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 B963c
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [115 pages  File size: 27,859 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the advantages and disadvantages of developing a building code specific to coastal properties in order to mitigate hurricane damage. Focus on avoiding catastrophic losses of property during a major storm. Specifically, consider Florida's building code, which applies to the designation of Enhanced Hurricane Protection Areas (EHPAs) that meet specific criteria to provide shelter and protection for up to eight hours following a catastrophic event.
Committee: Senate Business and Commerce
Title: Interim Report - Electric Cooperatives
Subjects: Electric cooperatives |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 B963ec
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [13 pages  File size: 998 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the current governance structure of electric cooperatives. Make recommendations for any legislative changes required to adequately protect customers, increase reliability, and respond to consumer complaints.
Committee: Senate Business and Commerce
Title: Interim Report - Homeowners Insurance and Reinsurance following a natural disaster
Library Catalog Title: Homeowner's insurance and industry reinsurance following a natural disaster in Texas
Subjects: Homeowners insurance | Insurance industry | Natural disasters |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 B963h
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [16 pages  File size: 4,749 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Examine statutory changes needed to maintain affordable and available homeowner’s insurance and industry reinsurance following a natural disaster in Texas. Estimate the potential impact on the Texas insurance market.
Committee: Senate Business and Commerce
Title: Interim Report - Implementation of HB 1196, 80th Legislature
Library Catalog Title: Implementation of HB 1196, 80th Legislature : interim report to the 81st Texas Legislature
Subjects: Economic development | Tax incentives | Undocumented immigrants |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 B963im
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [62 pages  File size: 14,065 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study and make recommendations on improving the implementation of HB 1196, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, to ensure that public funds are not used to encourage illegal immigration into the state by prohibiting any taxpayer-subsidized job creation grant or tax abatement given to any business entity in Texas that knowingly hires illegal immigrants.
Committee: Senate Business and Commerce
Title: Interim Report - State Business Licenses
Library Catalog Title: State business licenses : interim report to the 81st Texas Legislature
Subjects: Business climate | Business filings | Occupational licenses | Small businesses |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 B963b
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [19 pages  File size: 4,995 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the number of state business licenses and the need and cost for each license. Estimate the cost and benefits to consumers of licenses and impact on small, start-up businesses.
Committee: Senate Business and Commerce
Title: Interim Report - Wind Turbines
Library Catalog Title: Industry practice and regulation of wind turbines : interim report to the 81st Texas Legislature
Subjects: Electric power plants | Wind power |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 B963wt
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [15 pages  File size: 3,382 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study current industry practice and regulation associated with the siting of wind turbines. Compare the wind turbine siting process to processes associated with other forms of electric generation and the siting of facilities in other industries. Determine the advantages and disadvantages of additional siting regulation for wind turbines.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Business and Commerce
Title: Rules
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1803.9 B962 80
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View document [3 pages  File size: 147 kb]

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