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Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Banks and banking | Economy | Electric meters | Electric utility rates and charges | Electronic security | Emergency management | Fetal rights | Medical ethics | Natural disasters | Organ and tissue donations | Organized labor | Public Utility Commission of Texas | State employees | State government contracts | State purchasing | Telephone service | Undocumented immigrants | Universal Service Fund | Utility service | Water and sewer utilities |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 St29h
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [78 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study if the state's infrastructure is adequately prepared for disasters, whether man-made or natural. Include preparedness assessments of the maintenance and recovery of vital infrastructure such as transportation and utility systems.
2. Examine procedures regarding contract monitoring, compliance, performance evaluation and notification requirements for state contracting procedures. Include recommendations to determine a "best value" for the state and prevent conflicts of interests. Evaluate guidelines regarding the state's participation in contracts funded by grants and suggest methods to ensure the best use of taxpayer funds.
3. Determine if the state has sufficient authority and the tools to ensure continued operation of the state's government and economy under existing budgetary and statutory authority. Make contingency recommendations to prevent collapse in the event of an economic disaster.
4. Study the policies used by research and medical entities to adhere to the highest ethical standards for acquiring human fetal tissue for medical and scientific purposes. Specifically, review compliance to ensure informed consent and that all state and federal laws sufficiently respect the dignity of the human body. Study criteria for which persons have standing when giving consent for the use of fetal remains and to investigate potential violations of state laws regulating organ/tissue donation. Determine whether additional disclosure and reporting requirements are necessary to ensure moral and ethical research practices. Review practices and statutes in other states regarding fetal tissue harvesting.
5. Study support mechanisms for the Small and Rural Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier - Universal Service Fund. Consider alternative funding mechanisms as well as necessary statutory changes to ensure reasonable cost of basic local phone service in high cost, rural areas without expanding the size of the Texas Universal Service Fund.
6. Evaluate the administrative process used to determine utility rates. Consider if sufficient opportunities exist to ensure customer representation. Also determine if additional legislative guidance is needed to ensure public notification and participation.
7. Examine how the Public Utility Commission of Texas, when applicable, and utility providers, whether vertically integrated, privately owned, or municipally owned, can ensure consumer protection regarding metering devices for water, gas, and electricity service. Review recent examples of inaccurate or confusing billings and offer recommendations on appropriate consumer recourse and appeal. In addition, assess utility procedures regarding meter installation.
8. Examine state and local laws applicable to undocumented immigrants throughout the State of Texas and analyze the effects of those laws in conjunction with federal immigration laws and the policies and practices followed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
9. Examine payroll deductions from state or political subdivision employees for the purpose of labor organization membership dues or fees as well as charitable organization and nonprofit contributions. Determine if this process is an appropriate use of public funds.
10. Monitor the impact of major State Affairs legislation passed by the 84th Legislature, including updates regarding recent contracting reforms. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementing of relevant legislation passed by the 84th Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the Texas House of Representatives, 77th Legislature / Committee on State Affairs.
Subjects: Aircraft Pooling Board | Broadband technology | e-commerce | Ethics Commission, Texas | General Services Commission, Texas | Human Rights, Texas Commission on | Incentive and Productivity Commission, Texas | Information Resources, Texas Department of | Internet | Lobbyists | Privacy | Public Utility Counsel, Office of | Revolving door policies | Social Security numbers | Telephone deregulation | Telephone service | Television stations | Veterans Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 st29h
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [250 pages  File size: 1,105 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the authority of state and local governments to require cable television companies to provide access to competitors and to affect the rates, terms and conditions under which access is provided. Consider the speed of change in the telecommunications industry and the implications of the state assuming new regulatory responsibilities in this industry, including the question of whether any or all providers of broadband service should be required to provide access to competitors.
2. Review the current state of privacy laws in Texas as they relate to businesses' or government's ability to disseminate personal information without prior written permission.
3. Study the nature and extent of lobby influence on the legislative process.
4. Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including monitoring the implementation of SB 560, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, and changes in telecommunications markets resulting from the legislation.
Committee: Senate Economic Development, Interim
Title: Interim report - Telecommunications and insurance
Library Catalog Title: Report on telecommunications and insurance.
Subjects: Homeowners insurance | Insurance industry | Insurance, Texas Department of | Liability | Long distance telephone service | Managed care | Open records requests and decisions | Patients' rights | Public Information Act, Texas | Public Utility Commission of Texas | Public Utility Regulatory Act | Racial discrimination | Telecommunications infrastructure | Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund | Telephone deregulation | Telephone service |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 ec74t
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [308 pages  File size: 12,707 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the effect of property insurance form deregulation, as addressed in SB 1499, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, passed by the Legislature during the 1997 regular session, on the affordability and availability of homeowners insurance.
2. Monitor the implementation of SB 386, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, passed by the Legislature during the 1997 regular session, regarding managed care liability, including the development of the rules and standards governing the certification, selection, and operation of independent review organizations.
3. Study and assess the effectiveness of HB 2128, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, passed by the Legislature during the 1995 regular session, including but not limited to: the deployment of an advanced telecommunications infrastructure in Texas; the development of competition in the local telecommunications market in Texas; and the use of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund in improving the capabilities of Texas schools, libraries and public hospitals. In its evaluation, the Committee should identify any remaining barriers to the development of full competition in the telecommunications market in Texas and make recommendations, if necessary, for any legislative or regulatory action.
4. Review the process used by the Texas Department of Insurance and the Attorney General in making determinations regarding public disclosure of insurance data and, if necessary, make recommendations to streamline and standardize the process.
5. Review and make recommendations, if needed, to clarify what insurance market-related data should be in the public domain and what information should be considered proprietary data to preserve competition. This review should consider both statistical data and underwriting guidelines.
Committee: Joint Municipal Franchise Agreements for Telecommunications Utilities
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Legislative Committee on Municipal Franchise Agreements for Telecommunications Utilities interim report to the 76th Legislature.
Subjects: Municipalities | Telecommunications infrastructure | Telephone deregulation | Telephone service |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 m92
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [229 pages  File size: 10,868 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Investigate and report on:(A) the need for consistency in terms and conditions, including the authorized compensation methodology, to be included in municipal franchise agreements in Texas;
2. (B) the impact of existing municipal fee agreements, ordinances, charters, or other municipal requirements on the provision of competitive telecommunications services wholly within municipalities by telecommunications utilities and the authority of the Legislature to establish the basis for and require modification of those agreements, ordinances, charters, or other municipal requirements;
3. (C) the type and amount of cost incurred by municipalities by virtue of the use of the municipalities' rights-of-way and public property by telecommunications utilities providing telecommunications services wholly within the municipalities;
4. (D) the type, basis for, and amount of revenue received by municipalities from telecommunications utilities providing telecommunications services wholly within the municipalities;
5. (E) the authority of municipalities to impose conditions on or require compensation from telecommunications utilities providing telecommunications services wholly within the municipalities by resale of telecommunications services or the use of facilities of other telecommunications utilities; and
6. (F) such other issues as are necessary to promote the public interest and effectuate the policies in support of competition by telecommunications utilities in the provision of telecommunications services wholly within municipalities as set forth in SB 1937, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, 1997.
7. Make recommendations for legislative and regulatory action.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on State Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1998 : a report to the House of Representatives, 76th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Alternative energy | Automobiles | Biotechnology industry | Business taxes | Campaign contributors | Campaign finance reform | Campaign funds | Cloning | Councils of government | Electric utility deregulation | Ethics | Genetic research and testing | Long distance telephone service | Privacy | Public Utility Commission of Texas | Public Utility Regulatory Act | Soft money | State agencies | State taxes | Telephone deregulation | Telephone service |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 st29h
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [119 pages  File size: 6,856 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine and evaluate the role of financial contributions in campaigns for election to state offices. Identify practices or trends that may be detrimental to the public good and study ways to eliminate or reverse those trends. (Joint with the House Committee on Elections)
2. Study the threats to personal privacy due to technological advances in the capacity to store data and the increasing use of electronic transaction in government, business, and everyday life. Examine the uses made of such information by governments and commercial enterprises, and the potential for abuse. Assess legislative options.
3. Review conditions in the telecommunications industry. Examine changes that have occurred since the passage of HB 2128, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, and compare current conditions to expectations at the time of passage. Assess the need for revisions to keep the transition to competition on track.
4. Inventory the kinds of public-private arrangements that currently exist in Texas government, and examine any new ethical or accountability issues that arise when the state relies on private entities in non-traditional ways.
5. Study the legal, social, and economic issues likely to arise because of developments in the fields of genetics and bioethics. Such issues may include those related to altered foodstuffs, cloning, reproduction, eugenics, and genetic testing.
6. Examine whether Regional Planning Commissions (COG's) have fulfilled the purposes for which they were established originally, and whether their functions or enabling legislation requires change.
7. Examine the feasibility of combining agency automobile fleets into a pooled fleet that could be centrally administered to obtain efficiencies of operation.
8. Assess the state and local tax impacts of possible changes in the structure of the electric power industry.
Committee: Senate Economic Development
Title: Interim report - Telecommunications
Library Catalog Title: Interim report on telecommunications.
Subjects: Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 | Public Utility Commission of Texas | Public Utility Regulatory Act | Telecommunications infrastructure | Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund | Telephone service |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 t235
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [487 pages  File size: 17,803 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Monitor the implementation of the provisions of HB 2128, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, the telecommunications bill, including: assessing its effectiveness in increasing competition in the local exchange market; determining the extent to which local exchange companies have increased their investment in the telecommunications infrastructure in Texas and identify which areas of the state, if any, have not fully benefitted from such investments.
Committee: Joint Telecommunications, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Texas alternatives : competitive and regulatory options in telecommunications and electric power : a roadmap for meeting new challenges : a report to the 74th Legislature.
Subjects: Electric utility deregulation | Energy policy | Public Utility Commission of Texas | Public Utility Counsel, Office of | Public Utility Regulatory Act | Telephone deregulation | Telephone service |
Library Call Number: L1836.73 t235
Session: 73rd R.S. (1993)
Online version: View report [100 pages  File size: 8,945 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study and develop a long term telecommunications policy that promotes technological innovation, economic competitiveness, customer service and universal service while protecting consumers of monopoly services.
2. Study and make recommendations for the appropriate regulatory framework to promote the state's telecommunications policy, including any necessary statutory changes to achieve that framework.
3. Study and make recommendations for changes to the Public Utility Regulatory Act to implement the state's telecommunications policy.
4. Study and make recommendations for any other legislative changes needed to achieve the state's telecommunications goals.
Committee: House Business and Commerce
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Business climate | Cable telecommunications providers | Corporate governance | Deafness and hearing impairments | Job training programs | Municipalities | Privatization | Telephone service |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 B964
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View report [39 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the problems associated with the business climate of Texas inner cities and identify potential solutions.
2. Study trade practices and competition involving the transmission of cable television programming in Texas.
3. Study the implementation of HB 174 relating to the regulation of certain telephone services.
4. Study the Job Training Partnership Act.
5. Study competition practices between government entities and private enterprise.
6. Study the effect and feasibility of state legislation governing hostile corporate takeovers of domestic corporations.
Committee: Senate Local Measured Service, Interim
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 70th Legislature / Senate Interim Study Committee on Local Measured Telephone Service.
Subjects: Telecommunications taxes and fees | Telephone rates | Telephone service |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 l787
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [38 pages  File size: 1,163 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study proposals for local measured telephone service in Texas; consider the effects of per-call charges on local telephone service providers and customers. *
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Final report on interim charges / House Committee on State Affairs, 68th Legislature.
Subjects: Biofuels | Duck hunting | Hunting | Lead contamination | Property tax exemptions | Records management | Rights of way | State agencies | State agency performance measures | State buildings | State government debt | Telephone service | Vehicle safety inspections | Wine and wine industry |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 st29
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [128 pages  File size: 3,653 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To monitor all activities and have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 29.
2. To study telecommunications needs for the state and its agency network in cooperation with other special legislative and statutory committees.
3. To study the feasibility of combining branch offices of legislators and/or state agencies in cities and towns.
4. To study the elimination of the state vehicle inspection requirements.
5. To study the quality control requirements for gas purchased at the gas pump, specifically gasohol.
6. To study the feasibility of leasing excess rights of way for additional state income.
7. In cooperation with the House Committee on Liquor Regulations, study wine production and associated grape cultivation in Texas.
8. To examine the issuance of general obligation bonds to finance major projects in Texas.
9. To study the management practices of state agencies.
10. To study the merits of eliminating the use of legal-size forms and other papers in state government, and additionally conduct a comprehensive study of the management of all state records and historical documents within the committee's jurisdiction.
11. To study enforcement of the prohibition on aliens and corporations receiving open-space valuation for agricultural land taxation.
12. In cooperation with the House Committee on Environmental Affairs, study the relevance of alternative forms of ammunition for use in the hunting of waterfowl in Texas; consider the comparative advantages and disadvantages of steel and lead shot, being attentive to the need for effective conservation of Texas wildlife.
Committee: House Transportation
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Transportation in Texas : where are we going? ; Interim report of the House Transportation Committee to the 64th Legislature.
Subjects: Air transportation | Electric utilities | Highway finance | Mass transit | Telephone service | Transportation |
Library Call Number: L1836.63 t687
Session: 63rd R.S. (1973)
Online version: View report [46 pages  File size: 2,616 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study current issues related to public transportation, inter-city travel, aviation, highway planning and finance, and utility regulation. *
Supporting documents
Committee: House Transportation
Title: A legal brief on state regulation of intrastate air transportation
Library Catalog Title: A legal brief on state regulation of intrastate air transportation / prepared for the Subcommittee on Intrastate Air Systems.
Library Call Number: L1836.63 t687sa
Session: 63rd R.S. (1973)
Committee: House Transportation
Title: A statement made before a joint meeting of the Sentate Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee on Mass Transit and the House Committee on Transportation
Library Catalog Title: Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee on Mass Transit and the House Committee on Transportation / by R.W. Holder concerning intercity passenger travel.
Library Call Number: L1836.63 t687i
Session: 63rd R.S. (1973)
Committee: House Transportation
Title: Report to the Texas House of Representatives on telephone utility regulation
Library Catalog Title: Report to the Texas House of Representatives on telephone utility regulation / prepared at the request of the Chairman of the Transportation Committee [by] Jane Anne Hart.
Library Call Number: L1836.63 t236
Session: 63rd R.S. (1973)
Online version: View document [0 pages]

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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