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Committee: Senate Transportation
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Federal funds | Fines | Highway finance | Highways | Houston Ship Channel | Human trafficking | Hurricane Harvey | Ports | Toll roads | Traffic violations | Transportation planning |
Library Call Number: L1836.85 T685
Session: 85th R.S. (2017)
Online version: View report [70 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the state’s transportation infrastructure and make recommendations on how best to rebuild assets efficiently and effectively.
2. Funding Opportunities for Texas Ports: Review the state's appropriations for Texas' ports and the Ship Channel Improvement Revolving Fund and make recommendations for increased investment to meet future needs.
3. Project Acceleration: Study and make recommendations regarding segregating state and federal transportation funding to accelerate project delivery.
4. Toll Road Penalties: Review penalty practices employed by toll authorities throughout the state and make recommendations to improve customer service and eliminate unjustified penalties.
5. Human Smuggling: Examine the anti-smuggling efforts of governmental and non-governmental entities under the committee's jurisdiction. Compare the findings to best practices in other states and make recommendations to help advance efforts in the fight against human smuggling.
6. Highway Naming: Review the state's policy related to the naming of state highways for individuals and make recommendations to limit and reform the criteria of such designations.
7. Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Transportation during the 85th Legislatu re, Regular Session and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/ or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following: • Implementation of statutory changes specified in the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) sunset legislation. 1) requiring toll road entities to use toll revenue to pay back TxDOT for grants used to construct toll roads. 2) prohibiting TxDOT from operating or transferring a HOV lane as a tolled lane. 3) authorizing TxDOT to convert non-tolled lanes as toll lanes - only if the number of non-tolled lanes is greater than or equal to the number in existence before the toll conversion project. 4) prohibiting TxDOT from awarding contracts unless the contractor participates in E-verify; and • Progress of the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) efforts to issue an annual permit for transporting overweight, sealed intermodal shipping containers on TxDOT approved routes within 30 miles of a port of entry or an international bridge.
Committee: Senate Jurisprudence
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on Jurisprudence interim report : report the 80th Legislature
Subjects: Alternative dispute resolution | Child support | County courts | Court costs and fees | Court records | Court reporters | Debt collection | Fines | Guardianship | Legal fees | Probate courts | Probation |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 J979
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [121 pages  File size: 5,464 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine and make recommendations relating to the jurisdiction of statutory county courts, including the development of standardized language for Chapter 25, Government Code, to confer specific types of jurisdiction on statutory county courts and to ensure the statutes are clear and concise.
2. Examine and make recommendations to improve court oversight of fiduciaries appointed to make financial and personal decisions for wards as well as those appointed to administer an estate or trust.
3. Study and make recommendations relating to the use and cost benefits of electronic recording as an alternative method of preserving records of official court proceedings.
4. Monitor the implementation of SB 1863, 79th Legislature, Regular Session, specifically the Collection Improvement Program, which seeks to improve the collection of criminal court fees, fines and costs. Make recommendations to increase the effectiveness of the Collection Improvement Program and determine if any statutory changes are necessary.
5. Study and make recommendations relating to the possible uses and need for statutory directives regarding the use of collaborative law procedures.
6. Review statutes, regulations, guidelines, and formulas relating to child support and make recommendations, if necessary, to ensure adequate support, including educational expenses, for children.
Committee: House County Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on County Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2004 : a report to the House of Representatives, 79th Texas Legislature
Subjects: County government | Courts | Fees | Fines | State mandates | Substandard housing | Tax revenue | Texas Fair Defense Act |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 C832
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [63 pages  File size: 2,583 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study ways to increase efficiency and provide for greater local control through restructuring county government.
2. Consider the increased costs associated with Court Administration and Security as it relates to the implementation of the Fair Defense Act and heightened security requirements.
3. Review the proliferation of sub-standard housing in counties not covered by Local Government Code, Chapter 232, Subchapters B and C and ways to bring these areas up to minimum standards.
4. Determine whether county fees/fines are at appropriate levels and have maintained their proper function and application.
5. Study the concept of ways to limit unfunded state mandates by reviewing what other jurisdictions have done.
6. Review the amount of taxes collected and services delivered in incorporated areas versus unincorporated areas of counties.
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Corrections
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Corrections, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Alternatives to incarceration | Correctional officer shortages | Court costs and fees | Criminal justice | Criminal Justice, Texas Department of | Drug rehabilitation programs | Fines | Inmate health | Inmate rehabilitation | Inmates | Parole | Penalties and sentences (Criminal justice) | Prison reform | Probation |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 c817
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [40 pages  File size: 255 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study community supervision caseloads, the effect of officer-to-offender ratios and the impact of caseload reductions on revocations and incarceration costs to the state.
2. Study the quality and availability of residential facilities and the potential cost savings of enhanced residential sentencing alternatives to long-term incarceration.
3. Review the fees assessed on adult offenders and their impacts on community supervision and parole. Consider offenders' abilities to pay supervision fees and any impact on revocations of parole.
4. Study the delivery of healthcare within the Texas prison system, including the number and types of healthcare practitioners needed, the recruitment and retention of those practitioners, management of chronic diseases, and the use of telemedicine and other technologies.
5. Actively monitor the agencies under the committee's oversight jurisdiction. Specifically monitor the implementation of staffing and training programs at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and their effects on the safety of both inmates and staff.
Committee: House County Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on County Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Ad valorem taxes | County Essential Services Grant Program | County government | Court costs and fees | Fines | Property taxes |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 c832
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [87 pages  File size: 3,050 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the implementation of HB 2869, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, creating the Texas County Financial Data Advisory Committee, and county information systems, including coordination with state agencies.
2. Examine the revenue sources available to county governments, including but not limited to taxes, to determine whether revenue sources are keeping pace with demands for services. Among other factors affecting revenues, evaluate the impact of ad valorem tax exemptions granted since 1985. Assess the varying levels of tax effort in different counties and factors that may account for the differences observed.
3. Review the County Essential Services Grant Program and other programs to assist counties with mandatory duties.
4. Review the implementation of county fee and fine collection programs and SB 732, 77th Legislature.
5. Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Criminal Justice
Title: Interim Report - Criminal fines
Library Catalog Title: Interim report, 77th Legislature : charge nine.
Subjects: Court costs and fees | Fines |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 c868 9
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [52 pages  File size: 2,174 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Evaluate the collection efforts for criminal fines, fees, and costs imposed by courts to determine how collection efforts may be enhanced, including incentives to increase collections. The Committee shall determine what fees may be imposed on offenders and which entities are entitled to a portion of the collected fees.
Committee: Senate Jurisprudence
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 76th Legislature.
Subjects: Appellate courts | Attorneys | Court congestion | Court costs and fees | Fines | Judicial campaign contributions | Judicial districts | Judicial Districts Board | Judicial selection | Juries | Jury duty | Redistricting | State Auditor's Office, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 j979
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [90 pages  File size: 4,360 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the selection of judges in the state courts as well as the statutory county courts-at-law and probate courts, and make recommendations for any legislative action. The committee should consider the report made to the 75th Legislature by the Texas Commission on Judicial Efficiency and legislation introduced during the 75th Legislature.
2. Study and evaluate the process of judicial districting with emphasis on the intermediate level of courts in Texas and, if necessary, make recommendations for any legislative action.
3. Review any reports made by the Texas State Auditor regarding the court system and efficiency of the courts which may be issued prior to the 76th Legislature, and consider whether legislative action is needed.
4. Study the costs assessed on parties filing civil lawsuits and appeals in district, county and appellate courts and evaluate whether those costs are unreasonable or overly burdensome. The Committee should review relevant legislation introduced during the 1997 regular session.
5. Evaluate the collection efforts of criminal fines imposed by the courts to determine how courts, court clerks, community supervision departments, the Division of Paroles in the Department of Criminal Justice, and the Board of Pardons and Paroles may enhance collection efforts. If improvement in collection efforts is needed, the Committee should make recommendations. A review of other states' methods may be conducted.
6. Review ways to improve service on juries and service by jurors. The committee should consider the work of the task force created by the Texas Supreme Court to study the jury system in Texas, as well as review the results of any similar studies which have taken place or are presently taking place in other states.
7. Review the legal duties of attorneys and guardians in the negotiation and settlement of their client's civil claims. The Committee should consider whether current law and regulations ensure that clients' interests are protected and promote the efficient and effective resolution of claims. The Committee may make recommendations, if necessary, for legislative action.
Committee: House Urban Affairs
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: To the Speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 69th Legislature ; report of / the Committee on Urban Affairs, Texas House of Representatives, 68th Legislature.
Subjects: Crime prevention | Criminal justice | Emergency medical services | Extraterritorial jurisdiction | Fines | Firefighters | Flooding | Indigent health care | Municipal annexation | Municipalities | Municipally-owned utilities | Real estate development |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 ur1
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [56 pages  File size: 1,640 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To conduct a study on urban flooding.
2. To study payments by municipally-owned utilities in lieu of taxes.
3. To examine minimum staffing requirements for fire protection and emergency medical service in cities.
4. In cooperation with the Committee on County Affairs and the House-Senate Joint Committee of Indigent Health Care, study the payment of medical care provided to indigents at publicly-funded hospitals.
5. To investigate whether Texas cities and those residing within the cities' extraterritorial jurisdiction are being adequately and fairly treated by present annexation laws.
6. To study the possibility of empowering judges optionally to direct small percentages of fines to fund programs such as Crime Stoppers and TIPS, currently funded by voluntary contributions.
Committee: Senate Irregularities in State Dept. Finance Matters, Investigate
Title: Preliminary Report #1
Library Catalog Title: Final report and recommendations of the Senate Investigating Committee, 42nd Texas Legislature.
Subjects: County government | Court costs and fees | Fees | Fines | Fraud |
Library Call Number: S.J. of Tex., 42nd Leg., 1st C.S., 583 (1931)
Session: 42nd R.S. (1931)
Online version: View report [7 pages  File size: 333 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Investigate any irregularities in financial matters that might be presented to the committee. *
Committee: Senate Irregularities in State Dept. Finance Matters, Investigate
Title: Preliminary Report #2
Library Catalog Title: Final report and recommendations of the Senate Investigating Committee, 42nd Texas Legislature.
Subjects: County government | Court costs and fees | Fees | Fines | Fraud |
Library Call Number: S.J. of Tex., 42nd Leg., 1st C.S., 759 (1931)
Session: 42nd R.S. (1931)
Online version: View report [15 pages  File size: 964 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Investigate any irregularities in financial matters that might be presented to the committee. *
Committee: Senate Irregularities in State Dept. Finance Matters, Investigate
Title: Final Report
Library Catalog Title: Final report and recommendations of the Senate Investigating Committee, 42nd Texas Legislature.
Subjects: County government | Court costs and fees | Fees | Fines | Fraud |
Library Call Number: L1836.42 In8
Session: 42nd R.S. (1931)
Online version: View report [96 pages  File size: 4,019 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Investigate any irregularities in financial matters that might be presented to the committee. *

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

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