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Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Early voting | Election administration | Election dates | Election residency requirements | Elections | Military personnel | Secretary of State, Texas | Uncontested elections | University students | Voter registration | Voting by mail |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 EL25he
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [29 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the benefits and risks of using mobile voting stations in Texas.
2. Examine ways to more clearly define a residence address for voter registration purposes, giving special consideration to college-age students.
3. Monitor the implementation and impact of the MOVE Act on the state and on municipalities. Make legislative recommendations, as needed, to ensure a smooth implementation of the law. (Joint with the House Committee on Defense & Veterans' Affairs)
4. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 82nd Legislature.
Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 82nd Legislature
Subjects: Employees Retirement System of Texas | Financial investments | Fraud | Health care | Health care costs | Health insurance | Hospitals | Insurance agents | Insurance rates | Medically uninsured | Military personnel | Open government | Open Meetings Act, Texas | Public Information Act, Texas | Senior citizens | Teacher Retirement System of Texas | Voter registration | Voters | Voting by mail | Voting systems | Workers' compensation |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 ST29a
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [248 pages  File size: 24,817 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Upon passage of federal legislation relating to reform of the health care industry and health insurance industry, study the implications of such legislation on Texas, the health care industry, and public and private insurance. Study and monitor the implementation of the insurance regulatory changes, changes to high risk pool, and any other insurance mandates. Study the health care policy changes and the impact to the Medicaid and CHIP programs and the state budget. Assess the impact to all state uninsured and uncompensated care programs and county programs for the uninsured, including county property tax programs to pay for the uninsured. Make recommendations for the efficient implementation of programs. (Joint charge with Senate Health and Human Services Committee)
2. Monitor the actuarial and financial conditions of the pension and health care programs administered by the Teacher Retirement System and the Employees Retirement System. Assess the effectiveness of pilot programs designed to encourage the use of clinical integration, payments for good outcomes, use of best practices, focus on wellness and prevention, and bundling of costs for episodes of care, and other health care savings initiatives. Make recommendations for expanding the pilot programs for use across all private and state sponsored health care, including the Medicaid program, as a means to improve Texans' health and provide more effective care that allows for assistance for the uninsured. (SB 7, SB 8 and SB 10, 81st Legislature)
3. Study the implementation of the Healthy Texas program enacted by the 81st Legislature and the ongoing implementation of SB 1731, 80th Legislature, to determine if this program is effectively lowering health insurance costs and increasing access to health insurance for small business. Study and make recommendations about using this program to increase access to health insurance for sole proprietors. Review other states efforts to lower health care costs to small business owners and sole proprietors and incentivize small business owners and sole proprietors to purchase insurance.
4. Examine best practices for increasing the affordability and availability of health insurance in the individual and small group market, including medical underwriting practices, rescission of coverage, cancellation of coverage, rate regulation, and reporting of medical loss ratios.
5. Study how increased out-of-pocket costs for medications and treatment impact consumers' compliance with health care recommendations and how that response impacts overall health care costs. Review available research into value design programs.
6. Study ways to improve the efficiency and accuracy of voter registration rolls, including the feasibility and security of online registration and automatic registration and the accuracy of verification and purging of voters. Recommend ways to ensure that deceased or otherwise ineligible voters are not included on rolls while also ensuring that all eligible applicants are efficiently registered.
7. Study the transparency of organizational structures, policies and coverage associated with health insurance underwriters/agents and the relationship between underwriters/agents and policyholders.
8. Study the sale of annuities in Texas, particularly to seniors. Evaluate the requirements relating to rescission of an annuity contract, payment of surrender fees, return of money, contract forms, including a standard contract form, buyer's guide, agent's commission and disclosure of an agent's commission. Make recommendations for legislation, if needed, and consider whether the insurance commissioner by rule may limit an agent's commission.
9. Study the effect Texas hospital billing and collection practices have on the uninsured's and under-insured's access to hospital health care services, on the uninsured's and under­insured's economic circumstances, and on medical debt recorded as bad debt on hospital books and records. Assess whether hospital billing disparities involving pricing discounts between the uninsured and insured exist and make recommendations for any changes necessary.
10. Study the adequacy of workers' compensation benefits in the following categories: lifetime income benefits, wage benefits for the high wage earner, and workers whose wage benefits stop before Social Security benefits begin. In order to determine the impact of increased benefits in one or more of these categories, work with the Texas Department of Insurance to develop a publicly accessible model to predict the costs related to those enhanced benefits, the effect of those costs on workers' compensation premiums, and whether enrollment in the workers' compensation system will be adversely impacted by increasing the benefits in one or more of the stated categories.
11. Study whether subrogation claims by writers of workers' compensation policies should be limited or prohibited. Study the effect on workers' compensation premiums, if any, if subrogation claims by writers of workers' compensation policies are limited or prohibited. Consider the feasibility of developing a publicly accessible model to predict the impact on workers' compensation premiums, if any, if subrogation claims by writers of workers' compensation policies are limited or prohibited, while protecting confidentiality as required by law and study whether the impact on workers' compensation premiums, if any, would adversely impact enrollment in the workers' compensation system.
12. Study and make recommendations regarding access to voting by members of the military serving in the United States and abroad, including the feasibility of electronic delivery of ballots.
13. Study the Public Information Act and the Open Meetings Act to ensure that government continues to operate in a way that is open and transparent. The study should consider how advances in technology and the emergence of various forms of social media (e.g. Facebook, MySpace, Twitter) have affected communications by and within governmental bodies.
14. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on State Affairs, 81 st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: E-mail | Election administration | Election fraud | Lobbyists | Political advertising | Provisional ballots | State purchasing | Voter identification | Voter registration | Voting by mail | Voting systems |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 EL25he
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [161 pages  File size: 19,242 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the general issue of electronic voting technology, including the issues of general benefits and risks, security and accuracy, paper trails, etc.
2. Examine the prevalence of fraud in Texas elections, considering prosecution rates and measures for prevention. Study new laws in other states regarding voter identification, and recommend statutory changes necessary to ensure that only eligible voters can vote in Texas elections. Specifically study the Texas mail-in ballot system, the provisional voting system, and the various processes for purging voter lists of ineligible voters.
3. Monitor the continued implementation of the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 by the Office of the Secretary of State, specifically including the implementation of the Texas Election Administration Management system to maintain voter registration records, administer elections, and execute and report election results.
4. Study poll worker recruitment and training in Texas, and suggest possible statutory improvements.
5. Monitor which counties are chosen by the Office of the Secretary of State for the new super precinct pilot program, and observe their progress.
6. Study the exemption in the Texas lobby contingent fee ban, which currently permits contingent fees and does not require lobby registration, for influencing the purchasing of goods and services by a state agency. Consider whether this exemption should be amended or repealed.
7. Research the current Texas law prohibiting the use of public resources for political advertising, and determine whether the law needs to be amended to clarify that publicly funded e-mail systems may not be used for political advertising.
8. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Elections, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2006 : a report to the House of Representatives, 80th Texas Legislature
Subjects: E-mail | Election fraud | Election laws | Ethics Commission, Texas | Internet | Secretary of State, Texas | Voter registration | Voting by mail | Voting systems |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 El25he
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [62 pages  File size: 20,001 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the continued implementation of the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) by the Office of the Secretary of State, as major HAVA deadlines occur throughout 2006.
2. Examine the prevalence of fraud in Texas elections, considering prosecution rates and measures of prevention.
3. Examine the growing use of technology in campaigns and the administration of elections, and the need to recodify sections of the Texas Election Code to reflect our current practices.
4. Examine ways to improve the uniformity and efficiency of elections held by political subdivisions, particularly by exploring market practices for leasing voting equipment.
5. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Elections, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2004 : a report to the House of Representatives, 79th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Election laws | Ethics Commission, Texas | Provisional ballots | Secretary of State, Texas | Statutory revision | Voter registration | Voting systems |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 EL25he
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [25 pages  File size: 89 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review compliance with the provisions of the Federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and implementation through the Secretary of State's office of the legislation passed as issues surrounding HAVA become more settled.
2. Examine the risks, costs, benefits and efficiencies of the entire canon of Texas Election Law for an omnibus rewrite and recodification.
3. Monitor the Texas Ethics Commission rulemaking for the implementation of HB 1606, 78th Legislature, Regular Session.
4. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 79th Legislature
Subjects: Border health | Damage award caps | Election administration | Election laws | Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 | Employees Retirement System of Texas | Health insurance | Liability insurance | Managed care | Medical liability insurance | Medically uninsured | Nursing homes | Patients' rights | Quality of care | Rural health care | State employee benefits | State mandated health insurance | Teacher health insurance | Teacher Retirement System of Texas | Tort reform | Voter registration | Voting systems |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 St29a
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [0 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the implementation of changes made to the state group health insurance plans and identify additional cost-saving measures. Study the feasibility and practicality of offering health reimbursement accounts as an alternate health insurance plan for those insured in ERS, TRS, and university plans. Provide recommendations regarding whether the current method of administering these programs is in the best interest of the State of Texas and the various insured populations, or whether such programs might be more efficiently administered in another fashion.
2. Monitor the implementation of HB 1549, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, the Federal Help America Vote Act of 2002, to assure that Texas meets the criteria to secure the proposed federal funding. Make recommendations for statutory changes required to implement federal legislation and improve the efficiency of the process.
3. Study the implementation of SB 10, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, and SB 541, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations, as needed, to make health insurance more accessible, and affordable for all Texans.
4. Study the April 2003 United States Supreme Court decision in Kentucky Association of Health Plans v. Miller to determine its impact on Texas laws regulating health insurance plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and make recommendations to changes in state law to conform with recent federal court decisions.
5. Study the reimbursement methodology of health care plans operating in Texas for out-of-network claims, specifically focusing upon the reimbursement of usual and customary charges, and make recommendations on how to improve their effectiveness. The study and recommendations should encompass all plans, including those participating in Texas Medicaid managed care program and should consider federal and state laws as well as Health & Human Services Commission rules relating to the reimbursement of out-of-network claims.
6. Study the implementation of HB 4, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, and Proposition 12 in achieving lower medical malpractice rates and providing more access to affordable health care. Monitor and report on trends in medical malpractice insurance rates and the effect of tort reform on access to health care and provider shortages in certain regions, particularly along the Border.
7. Study and report on the affordability, reasonableness, and impact of mandatory liability insurance on the nursing home industry. Assess and report on the effects of the admissibility of quality reports.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Elections, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Campaign finance reform | Election administration | Elections | Vote recounts | Voter registration | Voter turnout | Voting by mail |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 el25he
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [108 pages  File size: 4,785 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine ways to improve the recruitment, retention and education of election day workers.
2. Reassess the procedures used for counting ballots when an error in tabulation is made by an elections' administrator or equipment.
3. Review the Election Code, Chapter 254, Political Reporting. Assess whether reorganization and revision of the Chapter would improve the Chapter's ease of use, consistency, compliance and effectiveness of purpose.
4. Consider ways to increase voter participation and the efficiency of the state's election processes.
5. Actively monitor the agency programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction.
6. Consider the feasibility of centralizing the conduct of elections at the county level of government, designation of permanent county polling locations to reduce voter confusion, and moving filing deadlines for local elections to encourage joint elections.
7. Study the implications to Texas electoral system of suspension of Saturday mail delivery by U.S. Postal Service.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Elections, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Campaign contributors | Campaign finance reform | Campaign funds | Early voting | Elections | Persons with disabilities | Voter registration | Voters | Voting by mail |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 el25he
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [82 pages  File size: 2,260 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review and assess all issues related to the financing of campaigns, including so-called "soft-money" and other funds whose source is unclear, the influence of out-of-state political action committees, and so-called "late-train" contributions.
2. Examine the benefits of reducing the number and changing the dates of uniform elections.
3. Examine the procedures for early voting by mail, including simplification of the application, deadlines, distribution of lists, and similar matters.
4. Review Title 15, Election Code, to consider changes to make it easier to understand and follow.
5. Consider methods to make voter registration rolls more accurate and easier to use.
6. Assess the need for better accommodation of voters with visual impairments.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Elections, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1998 : a report to the House of Representatives, 76th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Campaign contributors | Campaign finance reform | Campaign funds | Early voting | Election fraud | Elections | Political advertising | Soft money | State officials' campaign contributions | Voter registration | Voting Rights Act |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 el25he
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [45 pages  File size: 2,287 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Determine the feasibility of gaining Texas' release from requirements to pre-clear all changes in state and local election law under the U.S. Voting Rights Act.
2. 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 interest and study ways to eliminate or reverse those trends. (Joint with House Committee on State Affairs)
3. Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, and monitor implementation of major elections-related legislation passed by the 75th Legislature.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Elections, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1996 : a report to the House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Campaign finance reform | Early voting | Election fraud | Elections | Ethics Commission, Texas | Judicial campaign contributions | Judicial elections | Judicial selection | Justice, U.S. Department of | Legislative process | Primary elections | Voter registration | Voting by mail | Voting Rights Act |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 el25he
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [34 pages  File size: 1,562 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study how the State of Texas can be removed from the U.S. Justice Department's enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.
2. Study problems associated with early voting by mail.
3. Review election legislation that passed the House, but died in the Senate during the 74th Regular Session, specifically HB 483, 74th Legislature, Regular Session; HB 1859, 74th Legislature, Regular Session; HB 2239, 74th Legislature, Regular Session; HB 2241, 74th Legislature, Regular Session; and HB 2243, 74th Legislature, Regular Session.
4. Study the feasibility of moving the primary election date. Consider not holding a separate presidential primary.
5. Conduct active oversight of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including the implementation of the 1995 Judicial Campaign Fairness Act.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Elections, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1992 : a report to the House of Representatives, 73rd Legislature.
Subjects: Crossover voting | Early voting | Elections | Primary elections | Runoff elections | Voter registration |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 el25
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [22 pages  File size: 674 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor and oversee legislation enacted during the 72nd Regular and Special Called Sessions that was considered by the Elections Committee; Performance Audit Review Recommendations; and any agency-initiated changes.
2. Study issues relating to voter registration, including streamlining processes and procedures with the goal of registering a greater number of potential voters.
3. Examine issues regarding the processes and procedures relating to elections, including but not limited to ballot security, election dates and other dates related to the election cycle, participation in elections among groups protected by the federal Voting Rights Act, and programs designed to heighten awareness among the public of the democratic process.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee on Elections, House of Representatives, State of Texas, 70th Legislature : to the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives.
Subjects: Early voting | Election fraud | Elections | Voter registration | Voter turnout | Voting by mail |
Library Call Number: L1836.70 EL25
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View report [33 pages  File size: 1,367 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study possible cost containment measures for primary and general elections.
2. To study absentee voting including absentee voting by mail.
3. To study methods of improving the accessibility of voter registration, and means by which the timeliness of updating and the accuracy of voter registration lists can be improved.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 69th Texas Legislature / Texas House of Representatives, Committee on Elections.
Subjects: Elections | Felonies | Voter registration | Voter turnout | Voters | Voting Rights Act |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 el25
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [43 pages  File size: 1,449 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 8.
2. To study the recent extension of the federal Voting Rights Act and the effect on elections in Texas.
3. To review the administration, financing and organizations of voter registration and voter outreach.
4. To study the implementation of mandatory joint elections for political subdivisions and the possibility of uniform election dates.
5. To study the procedure for restoring voting rights to persons previously convicted of a felony.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 67th Legislature : report of the Committee on Elections, Texas House of Representatives.
Subjects: Campaign finance reform | Early voting | Financial disclosures | Primary elections | Secretary of State, Texas | Statutory revision | Voter registration | Voting by mail |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 el25
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [98 pages  File size: 2,966 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Conduct a study of the voter registration procedures in Texas and the consideration of the establishment of a uniform system to by used by all counties.
2. Conduct a study of the system of absentee voting in Texas, including, but not limited to, such issues as the procedures for accounting for ballots, the feasibility of requiring the use of a special canvassing board, and the hours and places for absentee voting.
3. Make and examination of the campaign reporting and disclosure requirements with emphasis on insuring fairness and responsibility.
4. Study the feasibility of Texas joining with other southwestern or Sunbelt states in having a regional presidential primary.
5. Monitor and assist the Legislative Council in the recodification of the election code.
6. Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 66th Regular Session of the Legislature. The agencies include: Secretary of State (partial -- less Uniform Commercial Code)
Committee: Senate Election Law
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: A report to the Senate of the 62nd Legislature of the Texas election code study / by the Senate Election Law Study Committee.
Subjects: Election laws | Voter registration |
Library Call Number: L1836.61 el255
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View report [16 pages  File size: 602 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The 59th Legislature created the Election Law Study Committee and directed it to make a comprehensive study of the Texas Election Code toward the end of eliminating conflicts, ambiguities, and inadequacies. Said Study Committee completed its work and reported its findings and recommendations to the 61st Legislature, and certain of the recommendations were enacted into law. There remain certain conflicts, ambiguities, and inadequacies which need further study and revision, particularly in the area of voter registration.
Committee: House Election Code
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the Texas House of Representatives, 61st Legislature of Texas.
Subjects: Election laws | Voter registration | Write-in voting |
Library Call Number: L1836.60 el25
Session: 60th R.S. (1967)
Online version: View report [5 pages  File size: 215 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Make a complete study of the Texas Election Code.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Election Code
Title: Transcript, September 27, 1968, Dallas
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.60 EL25H 9/27
Session: 60th R.S. (1967)
Online version: View document [145 pages  File size: 167,831 kb]

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