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57 Document(s) [ Subject: Economic development ]

Committee: House Economic and Small Business Development
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Aerospace industry | Economic development | Economic development incentives | High tech employment | High tech industry | Hurricane Harvey | Occupational licenses | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.85 Ec74h
Session: 85th R.S. (2017)
Online version: View report [37 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine Hurricane Harvey’s economic and workforce impact on the state and private sector. Analyze the effects and efficiency of state resources available to assist in job training and the recovery of the state’s workforce.
2. Study the state's effectiveness in developing and growing high-growth, high-tech start-ups. Review current regulations and determine if barriers exist that potentially impede investment and growth. Evaluate the concept of a "sandbox" as a regulatory approach for enabling innovation and the feasibility of implementing such an approach in Texas.
3. Evaluate the ongoing and long-term workforce needs of the state’s businesses and industries. Determine whether state resources are adequate to address shortages and assist with closing existing or future gaps in workforce readiness and skills to ensure the continued economic security and success of the state.
4. Analyze current data on the distribution of state economic development incentives across the state. Identify advantages or qualities, if any, possessed by the regions frequently awarded state incentives. Accordingly, identify resources available to underserved regions to increase awareness or utilization of incentives.
5. Study the economic impact of the aviation, aerospace, & defense manufacturing industry in Texas and the state's ability to facilitate industry job growth and investment. Review the relationship between the economic vitality of industry and military veterans transitioning into the workforce. Determine existing and potential barriers to the retention and expansion of the manufacturing industry in the state and the broader economic implications it may have on workforce readiness, as well as veteran employment and support services. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Defense & Veterans’ Affairs)
6. Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature.
Committee: House Economic Competitiveness, Select
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Economic development |
Library Call Number: L1836.85 Ec74hc
Session: 85th R.S. (2017)
Online version: View report [48 pages]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study and highlight the most effective ways for Texas to compete for jobs, investments and highly skilled workers. *
Committee: House Economic and Small Business Development
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Career preparedness | Career schools | e-commerce | Economic development | Economic development incentives | Economy | Energy industry employment | High tech employment | High tech industry | Natural gas industry | Office of Economic Development and Tourism | Oil industry | Rural economic development | Short-term rentals | Small businesses | State budgets | Transportation network companies | Workforce | Workforce Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 Ec74h
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [31 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the impacts of the declining price of oil and the continuously depressed price of natural gas on the Texas economy and the fiscal implications for the Texas budget. Consider impacts on local communities most dependent on oil and gas activity, including impacts on supporting economies such as retail, manufacturing, housing industries, etc. Recommend strategies for sustained energy development and workforce growth during times of depressed energy prices. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Energy Resources)
2. Evaluate what local governments are doing to attract businesses to their communities and examine ways the state can leverage these practices and provide support. Include ways to improve local economic development programs to ensure a continued return on investment for taxpayers. In addition, study the authority, financial accountability, and types of statutorily allowed expenditures of economic development corporations. Provide analysis of 4A and 4B sales tax programs and determine if they are still meeting their intended purpose effectively.
3. Study opportunities and financial incentives for expansion and growth of small businesses in Texas. Examine if adequate resources and capital exist for small businesses. Include analysis of any regulatory or tax hurdles and provide recommendations to alleviate these burdens. Furthermore, review programs available to provide training and support to develop business management and finance skills. Consider financial incentives that would incentivize expansion of existing small businesses and growth for new small businesses.
4. Oversee implementation of HB 26 (84R). Review best practices for measuring success of economic development incentives. Consider general metrics or principles to aid the Legislature in determining viable and sustainable incentive programs that provide a "Return on Investment" for taxpayers.
5. Evaluate Texas's competitiveness with other states in recruiting and cultivating high-growth, high-tech industries, fostering economic development, and creating new jobs. Examine if current incentives and regulations assist or hinder the state's ability to compete with other states for economic growth and sustainability.
6. Examine if the state has an adequately diversified economic foundation and make recommendations on how to better achieve diversification. Look at ways to achieve balance between rural and urban economic development. Consider methods to improve workforce development initiatives and incentives that will improve re-employment after layoffs and release from incarceration as well as methods to improve employment rates for recent graduates.
7. Evaluate how Texas can support shared economy growth in the state and include implications of such growth on existing, traditional businesses. Develop characteristics by which to classify "shared economy" business and determine how the state can ensure customer security and satisfaction as well as public health without enacting burdensome regulations.
8. Examine partnerships between higher education institutions, public school districts, and workforce that promote postsecondary readiness. Provide coordination recommendations to ensure vocational, career, and technical education programs are more accessible. Determine the most effective ways to invest in these partnerships and programs to direct at-risk students to stable career paths. Examine current rules and laws limiting employers from providing meaningful internships, apprenticeships, and other opportunities. Consider new methods to finance workforce training programs and associated assets in high schools and postsecondary schools, including ways to reduce or eliminate these costs and options to incentivize businesses to invest in training equipment for schools. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Public Education)
9. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation 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. e. monitor the impact of major economic development legislation passed by the 84th Legislature. f. include updates regarding transfer of duties and services from health and human services agencies to the Texas Workforce Commission, including implementation of SB 208 and SB 212. Coordinate with the Legislative Oversight Committee constituted by SB 208, when necessary. g. evaluate the impact of incentive reform legislation, including the elimination of the Emerging Technology Fund and the transition of contracts to the Comptroller's office.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Aerospace industry | Air pollution | Air quality | Carbon dioxide | Clean Air Act | Economic development | Economic development incentives | Electric power plants | Electric Reliability Council of Texas | Environmental permits | Environmental protection | Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. | Environmental Quality, Texas Commission on | Ground level ozone | Oil fields | School districts | Spaceports | SpaceX | State administrative hearings | Tax incentives | Texas Emissions Reduction Plan | Theft |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 N219E
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [155 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Implementation of Federal Regulations: Study the impact and identify challenges Texas faces implementing proposed federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations, including, but not limited to the Clean Power Plan, Reduction of Methane & Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from oil and gas facilities, Ozone standards, Regional Haze, and Waters of the U.S. Make recommendations for legislative or constitutional action the committee considers necessary.
2. Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP): Study and make recommendations regarding the use of Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP) funds, including reducing air emissions from mobile sources in response to changes in ozone standards.
3. Economic Development: Evaluate the effectiveness and necessity of programs and resources currently used to support economic development in Texas. Make recommendations regarding continuation of effective strategies, modification of existing administrative or regulatory barriers, and the reduction or elimination of ineffective programs.
4. Expedited Permitting: Evaluate the permitting process in Texas and neighboring states and make recommendations for eliminating unnecessary barriers and expediting the process to ensure that the regulatory process is consistent and predictable.
5. ERCOT/PUC Electricity Issues: Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction. In this oversight and monitoring, the committee should: 1) identify and recommend opportunities to streamline programs or services and enhance grid safety while maintaining the mission of ERCOT and PUC and their programs; and 2) identify barriers ERCOT or PUC may have in their governance that may be appropriate to improve or eliminate.
6. Oil Field Theft: Study and make recommendations for solving the oil field theft problems facing Texas, including identifying the proper mechanisms for increasing enforcement effectiveness.
7. Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development during the 84th Legislature, Regular Session and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following: 1)Legislation relating to Texas aerospace incentives; 2) Expedited permitting; and 3) Electric utility rate adjustments.
Committee: House Culture, Recreation, and Tourism
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Animal diseases | Commercial fishing | Commission on the Arts, Texas | County courthouses | Economic development | Economic development incentives | Endangered species | Film industry | Fisheries | Fishing licenses | Heritage tourism | Historic preservation | Historical Commission, Texas | Outdoor recreation | Oysters | Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of | State parks | Swine | Texas Film Commission | Texas Heritage Trails Program | Texas Main Street Program | Texas Music Office | Tourism | Video games |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 R245
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [66 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Develop a long-term plan to incorporate land that has been donated or sold to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department into our state park system.
2. Evaluate the Texas Film Commission and the Texas Music Office to determine their effectiveness in economic development in Texas. Determine how the offices can better collaborate with local economic development entities and state agencies to further the economic development goals of the state.
3. Examine the viability of including the commercial oyster industry in the Commercial Fishing License Buyback Program at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
4. Examine current statutes and rules to determine any necessary enhancements that can assist in the eradication of feral hogs by using practical solutions and effective eradication techniques. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock)
5. Monitor the implementation of HB 3279 (83R) regarding the protection of seagrass plants.
6. Examine the economic impact of cultural, recreational, or tourism grants provided by the state, including any economic development grants related to cultural, recreational, or tourism industries, heritage tourism, courthouse restoration, and historic district revitalization.
7. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd 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 Economic and Small Business Development
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Economic development | Economic development incentives | Governor's Industry Cluster Initiative | Manufacturing | Office of Economic Development and Tourism | Venture capital | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 Ec74h
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [74 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine and evaluate economic development incentives to determine if the incentives are achieving the desired outcomes for which the incentives were initially established. Review which economic development goals and incentives are most important and report on methods to further improve those goals and incentives while reducing ones not meeting their desired objectives.
2. Study venture capital investment in the state and determine how Texas compares to other states in attracting venture capital dollars. Make recommendations to improve Texas's ability in attract venture capital investment.
3. Review the current Texas Industry Cluster Initiative to determine if the state's targeted industry clusters need to be updated to reflect changes in industry sectors that have evolved in Texas since the clusters were initially identified.
4. Review the Governor's Office of Economic Development and Tourism and determine its effectiveness on economic development in Texas. Determine how the office could be more efficiently coordinated with local and regional economic development entities and other state agencies to help further the economic development goals of the state.
5. Monitor manufacturing and manufacturing workforce development initiatives passed by the 83rd Legislature.
6. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd 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 Economic Development Incentives, Select
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Economic development | Economic development incentives | Film industry | Major Events Reimbursement Program | Tax incentives | Texas Economic Development Act | Texas Emerging Technology Fund | Texas Enterprise Fund |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 Ec74hi
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [59 pages]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The committee shall perform a study of the use and effectiveness of economic development incentive programs in Texas. In performing this study, the committee shall:
  • Determine the types or categories of economic development projects that provide the greatest benefit to the state. Make recommendations where appropriate to focus on or target the types or categories of economic development projects that provide the greatest long-term benefit to the state.
  • Catalog and evaluate economic development incentive grants awarded at the State level and assess their relative success, recognizing adjustments or modifications made to the initial criteria outlined in the award contracts.
  • Examine the agencies administering economic development incentive programs and make recommendations where consolidating or moving functions improves efficiency.
  • Identify any problems in coordination between state and local economic development entities. Make recommendations to improve coordination where beneficial.
  • Review best practices of economic development incentive programs and make recommendations on changes to existing programs where appropriate.
Committee: House Economic and Small Business Development
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Automobiles | Biotechnology industry | Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas | Economic development | Economic development incentives | Entrepreneurship | Manufacturing | Margins tax | Research and development tax incentives | Small businesses | Tax incentives | Technology transfer and commercialization | Texas Emerging Technology Fund | University research | Vocational education | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 Ec74h
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [90 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine previous Emerging Technology Fund (ETF) grants awarded for cancer-related research. Determine whether future awards for similar projects are appropriate for the ETF program or whether they should be considered by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
2. Examine the impact of research at state universities on the state economy. Identify ways to increase the partnership opportunities between private business and research institutions to enhance the commercialization of newly discovered technology. (Joint with the House Committee on Higher Education)
3. Examine the state's efforts to encourage new business growth and retain existing businesses in order to strengthen our state's economy. Determine whether a consolidated approach to statewide economic development would be more effective.
4. Examine the economic impact of the automobile industry in Texas and the state's ability to compete with other states for future automotive manufacturing facilities. Identify policies, regulations, and current statutes that either hinder or facilitate job growth and investment by the automotive industry. Review opportunities available to partner manufacturers' research and development with Texas colleges and universities, including technology enhancements in safety or alternative fuel systems.
5. Examine Texas' industry cluster initiatives in an effort to remain competitive in today's economic development arena. Review the implementation of recommendations made by the Governor's Competitiveness Council and consider new recommendations for Texas to remain an economic development leader.
6. Examine current economic development programs available in urban areas in Texas and other states. Report on successful programs and make legislative recommendations for innovative economic development programs. (Joint with the House Committee on Urban Affairs)
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 82nd Legislature, with specific attention to the implementation of HB 2457 (82R), regarding the oversight of the Emerging Technology Fund.
8. Study and make recommendations for significantly improving the state's manufacturing capability.
Committee: Joint Economic Development, Select
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Economic development | Research and development tax incentives | Tax system | Texas Emerging Technology Fund | Texas Enterprise Fund | Vocational education |
Library Call Number: LRL
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [24 pages]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Recommend to the legislature an economic development policy for the state; conduct a study and make recommendations regarding state and local economic development incentives; develop criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of existing policies and incentives; evaluate existing incentives and make recommendations regarding their continuation, elimination, or modification
Committee: House Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2010 : report to the Texas House of Representatives, 82nd session
Subjects: Agricultural policy | Agriculture | Animal diseases | Economic development | Rural economic development | Swine | Tick-borne diseases | Transportation planning |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 Ag86
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [32 pages  File size: 759 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate the impact of tick-borne diseases in domestic and exotic livestock and of plant diseases and pests on the Texas agriculture industry. Examine barriers limiting the state's response and identify resources to enhance the state's ability to control, prevent, and respond to disease vectors.
2. Review efforts to manage feral hog populations and mitigate damage to agricultural and livestock operations.
3. Study the safety and efficiency of the existing agriculture-related transportation infrastructure. Consider the air, ground, and rail transportation needs of rural Texas and analyze the effect on economic development. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Transportation
4. Survey rural economic development programs. Analyze the economic relationship between rural communities and the agriculture industry and their combined impact on the state's economy. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on County Affairs
5. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Border and Intergovernmental Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Border and Intergovernmental Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2010 : a report to the House of Representatives, 82nd Texas Legislature
Subjects: Border economy | Border security | Colonias | Drug trafficking | Drug-related crimes | Economic development | Food safety |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 B644h
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [32 pages  File size: 732 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate the effectiveness of state operations at controlling drug-related crimes and other violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Public Safety
2. Identify any gaps in Texas laws that may prevent coordinated efforts, both statewide and on the border, to ensure a safe food supply. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Public Health
3. Examine current state laws and regulations aimed at improving economic development in the state and determine their impact on communities along the Texas-Mexico border. Identify any changes that would improve economic development results along the Texas-Mexico border.
4. Analyze state laws and regulations and the efforts of the multiple state entities responsible for addressing the needs of Texas residents in colonias. Determine the effectiveness of such programs and suggest improvements.
5. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Economic Development
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 82nd Texas Legislature
Subjects: Economic development | Economic stabilization | Historically Underutilized Business Program | Job training programs | Minority-owned/women-owned businesses | Small businesses | State purchasing | Tax incentives | Texas Emerging Technology Fund | Texas Enterprise Fund | Workforce | Workforce Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 Ec74s
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [23 pages  File size: 217 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Assess the effectiveness of major economic development programs in Texas. The review should include but not be limited to such programs as the Enterprise Fund, Emerging Technology Fund, Skills Development, and Enterprise Zones. Review major tax policy issues that encourage or hinder business development, including options for reinstating a margins tax research and development tax credit. Examine economic development programs in other states that have been successful and recommend changes to existing state programs, new programs, or changes in tax policy incentives that could increase job creation in Texas.
2. Review the effectiveness of state programs aimed at assisting small business growth and development, including whether the development of a Small Business Commission could lead to a more efficient use of state resources. Include an assessment of all state policies aimed to assist small business and minority-owned business persons with procurement of state contracts.
3. Review the impact of workforce development programs on economic development across the state. Focus on the impact of Texas Workforce Commission initiatives, the JET (Jobs and Education for Texas) program administered by the Comptroller's office, and federally funded stimulus programs. Make recommendations for legislation to improve and enhance workforce development in Texas.
4. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Economic Development, 81st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
Committee: Senate International Relations and Trade
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 82nd Legislature
Subjects: Affordable housing | Bootstrap Self-Help Housing Program | Border crossings | Border economy | Colonias | Contracts for deed | Economic development | International trade | Job training programs | Land use regulations | North American Free Trade Agreement | Sewer service | Subprime lending | Substandard housing | Tourism |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 IN9
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [85 pages  File size: 6,581 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the effectiveness of the Coordination of Colonia Initiatives and related measures addressed by the Committee and develop recommendations to better address substandard communities across the state where no potable water or sewage services are provided. Review state and local laws and policies relating to development and growth in unincorporated regions of the state and develop recommendations aimed at providing local units of government the necessary local control tools to curtail the spread of colonia-like developments in their jurisdictions.
2. Examine effectiveness of state homeownership programs serving colonia residents. Study the need for contract for deed conversions in the colonias within 150 miles of the Texas/Mexico border. Examine existing statute regarding statewide distribution of the Texas Bootstrap Loan Program and recommend changes to increase the state's ability to expedite allocation of funds. Develop recommendations to address abusive lending practices in distressed areas and fair housing violations in the colonias.
3. Study and make recommendations for state actions to increase efficiencies and reduce wait times in crossing the Texas-Mexico border, while ensuring proper security. Review initiatives to maximize bridge-crossing revenue.
4. Assess Texas' trade-related programs and work with the appropriate state and federal agencies to develop initiatives that will increase NAFTA-related commerce in Texas. Make recommendations to encourage communities currently unable to participate in international trade, due to their lack of resources and capacity, to engage in such trade.
5. Review the state's efforts aimed at helping distressed areas, coastal regions and rural communities to compete in the international marketplace. Work with the appropriate state and federal agencies to develop recommendations to create initiatives that will build regional development and capacity with the goal of better facilitating trade and commerce, as well as tourism, in these communities.
6. Review the state's efforts and policies aimed at addressing the workforce training needs of trade-displaced citizens. Report on the effectiveness of these programs and develop recommendations to better assist hard to reach populations in distressed areas, including Spanish-predominant speaking displaced citizens along the Texas-Mexico border region.
7. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade, 81st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
  • Review the housing initiatives addressed by the Committee and work with the appropriate housing officials to develop recommendations to better address the housing needs of smaller and distressed communities in Texas. Develop recommendations for the cost-effective use of existing housing monies, leveraging of funds and initiatives for new funding sources.
Committee: House Pensions, Investments and Financial Services
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Pensions, Investments, and Financial Services, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2010 : a report to the House of Representatives, 82nd Texas Legislature
Subjects: Consumer credit | Economic development | Public retirement systems | School administration | Teacher retirement |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 P387
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [37 pages  File size: 868 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the impact of the debt relief industry, including debt management and debt settlement organizations, and the implications of regulating that industry.
2. Examine Texas school districts' administration of their employees' optional retirement investments.
3. Review and study the overall history, goals, and performances of the state's economic development program, Certified Capital Company. Identify and recommend changes as necessary.
4. Examine the performance and accountability of the Texas public pension funds and make recommendations as needed.
5. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
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: House Regulated Industries
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Accounting | Broadband technology | Economic development | Electric utility deregulation | Emergency management | Internet | Public Utility Regulatory Act | Telecommunications | Telecommunications infrastructure | Telecommunications taxes and fees |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 R265
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [17 pages  File size: 8,483 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the impact of broadband Internet access on economic development, focusing on potential updates that would create incentives to help spur investment by network providers across a variety of platforms. Recommend changes to Texas law that would emphasize economic development through policy formation.
2. Study and assess the ability of entities regulated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas to meet the communication needs of the Texas military forces during declared emergencies, including an assessment of current capabilities and technological compatibility among service providers throughout the state.
3. Research the effects of both wholesale and retail competition in the Texas electric market.
4. Study and review information on the Internet and other communications services, and how Texas can best prepare for potential changes to Internet and communications services, and infrastructure demands. Recommend policy changes to encourage greater infrastructure investment while ensuring the continued growth and development of the Internet. Study the current state and local communications tax structure, including an analysis of the tax burdens imposed on consumers and providers of communications services.
5. Study and examine whether Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) should be adhered to under Chapter 66 of the Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURA), and review procedures for revenue audits.
6. Monitor agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including identifying possible ways to merge or streamline agency functions to produce long-term financial benefit to the state and better efficiency of the agencies.
Committee: Senate Business and Commerce Subcommittee on Emerging Technologies and Economic Development
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Subcommittee on Emerging Technologies and Economic Development report to the 80th Legislat
Subjects: Economic development | Economic development incentives | Technology transfer and commercialization | Texas Emerging Technology Fund | Texas Enterprise Fund |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 B963et
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [114 pages  File size: 10,559 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review how other leading states and countries have structured their economic development programs to match the needs of businesses in an economy in which information, ideas and technology are the driving forces. Identify programs from which Texas could benefit.
2. Study how Texas can better translate its wealth of intellectual property and potential into commercialization. Review fostering better links between basic research and discovery resources of academic institutions and commercialization of existing industries, better connections between complementary discoveries and technologies, and increased funding for such activities.
3. Review Texas' economic development tools including the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Texas Emerging Technologies Fund and make recommendations for improvements including better tracking of fund uses and benefits.
Committee: House Economic Development
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Economic Development, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2006 : a report to the House of Representatives, 80th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Economic development | Higher education | Job training programs | Skills Development/Smart Jobs Fund | Texas Enterprise Fund | Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund | Unemployment insurance |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 Ec74h
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [45 pages  File size: 9,261 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the application of the Development Corporation Act of 1979 (Article 5109.6 VTCS) to determine the appropriateness of including limited liability funding ability for higher education projects supporting the development or expansion of specialized educational facilities at institutions of higher education.
2. Study the use of the Skills Development Fund and the adequacy of the alternative funding mechanism created in HB 2421, 79th Legislature, Regular Session.
3. Study the effectiveness of the Texas Enterprise Zone program and its contributions in creating economic development in this state.
4. Study the utilization of the Unemployed Insurance Fund.
5. Study the use of the Texas Economic Development Act since its enactment as HB 1200, 77th Legislature, Regular Session. Examine how successful the program has been in the promotion of economic development in this state, and its use by local government entities. Make recommendations for any statutory changes needed to the program, and consider whether the December 31, 2007, Sunset date should be extended.
6. Study the use of the Texas Enterprise Fund and other economic development tools created by SB 275, 78th Legislature, Regular Session. Examine how successful the new programs have been in the promotion of economic development in this state, and recommend any statutory enhancements that could be made.
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate International Relations and Trade
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report, 79th legislative interim
Subjects: Affordable housing | Colonias | Economic development | Economic development incentives | Rural areas | Rural economic development | Substandard housing |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 In9
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [80 pages  File size: 5,143 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study state and federal programs aimed at assisting cities and businesses to compete in national and international markets. Develop recommendations to increase the competitiveness of Texas communities and entities in trade and commerce.
2. Study and develop recommendations to address the infrastructure and economic development needs of border and coastal communities in rural and non-urban areas of Texas.
3. Study and report on the availability of housing in distressed areas of the state, especially along the Border colonias and rural Texas. Review state, federal and private initiatives aimed at providing housing assistance. Work with private and non-profit entities to address the growing housing needs. Develop recommendations for the cost-effective use of existing housing monies, leveraging of funds and initiatives for new funding sources.
4. Review state and local policies impacting the water/wastewater services, transportation and health infrastructure needs of Texas colonias. Work with the Texas Water Development Board, the Office of the Attorney General and the Colonia Coordinator to develop recommendations aimed at improving and strengthening the available resources and policies affecting economically distressed areas.
Committee: Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Subcommittee on Base Realignment and Closure
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Base realignment and closure, 2005 : a report and recommendations to the 79th Legislature
Subjects: Base realignment and closure | Economic development | Military bases | Urban sprawl |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 V641b
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [82 pages  File size: 4,184 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study and evaluate the implementation of SB 652, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, SB 1295, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, and SJR 55, 78th Legislature, Regular Session. Address defense community use of loan programs created by these bills and make recommendations on how to best use loan proceeds to maintain Texas bases. Study the effects of urban encroachment upon Texas military installations.
2. Study and communicate national Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) developments, criteria and timelines to the Texas Military Planning Commission (TMPC) and affected military communities. Coordinate and monitor all BRAC issues associated with the Governor's and Lt. Governor's offices, the TMPC, the Office of State-Federal Relations, the State Congressional Delegation, and the Texas House Committee on Defense Affairs and State-Federal Relations.
Committee: House Economic Development
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Economic Development, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Economic development | Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund | Unemployment insurance | Unemployment taxes |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 ec74h
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [45 pages  File size: 1,866 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate the attractiveness of Texas for business expansions and relocations, including consideration of the state's history of job creation. Determine which areas of the state have been more successful and which have been less successful, and whether additional programs or incentives are needed for some or all areas of the state. If new incentives are recommended, suggest funding sources.
2. Review the Development Corporation Act of 1979, including the 4A and 4B economic development tax. Conduct a thorough analysis of the historical use of this tax, and determine success and failure rates in promoting job creation and business development.
3. Actively monitor the status of the unemployment compensation trust fund. Study the mechanisms in current law designed to keep the fund balance in the desired range. Review practices in other states to assess whether the effectiveness and fairness of the system might be improved.
4. Actively monitor the agencies under the committee's oversight jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate 21st Century Colleges and Universities, Special
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Higher education in the 21st Century : moving every Texan forward : report of the Special Commission on 21st Century Colleges and Universities.
Subjects: College preparatory curriculum | College preparedness | Economic development | Educational accountability | Higher education | Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas | Job training programs | Recommended High School Program | Scholarships | Toward EXcellence, Access & Success Grant Program | University finance | University research |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 t918
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [40 pages  File size: 3,166 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The Commission shall study issues related to institutions of higher education and their role in contributing to the human capital needed for the State of Texas to be a leader in the new economy of the 21st Century. These issues should include, but not be limited to: The accessibility and affordability of higher education with special attention to the long-term impact of the changing demographics of the state; The future workforce needs of the state and the role of higher education in addressing those needs; The appropriate role and mission of institutions in meeting state priorities; The effective use of technology in delivering education and training; The development and improvement of appropriate accountability measures and benchmarks to measure performance; The development of strategies to pursue and attain academic excellence; The role of higher education in investment in research and development and its link to economic growth; The use of funding mechanisms to reward performance and provide incentives to address state priorities; The formation of partnerships with business for training and re-training to address workforce demands; and The role of the Higher Education Coordinating Board in pursuing state priorities.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate 21st Century Colleges and Universities, Special
Title: Beyond the barriers: issues and ideas on improving access
Library Catalog Title: Beyond the barriers : issues and ideas on improving access / prepared for the Special Committee on 21st Century Colleges and Universities [by] the George Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, Class of 2000.
Library Call Number: L1836.76 t918b
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View document [101 pages  File size: 484 kb]
Committee: Senate Advisory Council on the Digital Economy
Title: Executive Summary
Library Catalog Title: Bringing digital opportunity to all Texans : the report.
Subjects: Advisory Council on the Digital Economy, Texas | Business taxes | Community colleges | Consumer protection | Digital divide | Economic development | High tech employment | High tech industry | High technology | Internet | Privacy | State government contracts | Technology education |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 d569s
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [6 pages  File size: 52 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. With a focus on maintaining Texas' leadership in the digital economy, the Council shall consider strategies that (a) promote Texas' already-existing technology-friendly climate, (b) reduce governmental impediments to the greater economic opportunities for technology companies in Texas, and (c) encourage technology companies to locate in and remain in Texas. Specifically, the Council shall consider: A. How to create broad promotional efforts that highlight Texas' pro-technology business climate. B. How tax policy encourages or discourages the growth of Texas' high tech industry. C. How state government permitting, contracting and regulatory compliance processes affect the growth of Texas' high tech industry.
2. To enhance Texas' position as a leader in the digital economy, the Council shall consider strategies to develop a more educated workforce. Specifically, the Council shall consider: A. Which improvements in K-12 mathematics and science education programs might help meet the workforce needs of the high tech industry. B. How to improve the technology training for primary and secondary school teachers and how technology can be more fully integrated into the curriculum of Texas' schools. C. Whether current high school technology programs meet the workforce needs of the high tech industry. D. How Texas' community colleges can be a key to addressing the workforce demands of the high tech industry. E. How to encourage the movement of technology from university labratories into Texas' high tech companies.
3. The growth of the Internet brings new opportunities, such as greater information distributed more broadly, and new risks. The Council shall develop strategies to promote the broad opportunities that the Internet brings and shall consider what, if any, steps might be taken to minimize the adverse effects of the new risks. Specifically, the Council shall consider: A. How to bridge the digital divide and make the opportunities of the Internet available to more Texans. B. What consumer protection measures, including fraud protection, privacy protection and anti-spamming protection, can provide consumers with greater confidence in their use of the Internet as a tool for information and commerce. C. How to utilize the Internet as a means of addressing public health concerns regarding the delivery of medical information and services. D. How to utilize the Internet as a tool to allow for greater public participation in the democratic process. E. How to utilize the Internet as a means of enhancing rural economic development. F. What measures can be taken to give parents greater control over their children's use of the Internet.
Committee: Senate Advisory Council on the Digital Economy
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Advisory Council on the Digital Economy (ACDE) : bringing digital opportunity to all Texans.
Subjects: Advisory Council on the Digital Economy, Texas | Business taxes | Community colleges | Consumer protection | Digital divide | Economic development | High tech employment | High tech industry | High technology | Internet | Privacy | State government contracts | Technology education |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 d569
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [45 pages  File size: 128 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. With a focus on maintaining Texas' leadership in the digital economy, the Council shall consider strategies that (a) promote Texas' already-existing technology-friendly climate, (b) reduce governmental impediments to the greater economic opportunities for technology companies in Texas, and (c) encourage technology companies to locate in and remain in Texas. Specifically, the Council shall consider: A. How to create broad promotional efforts that highlight Texas' pro-technology business climate. B. How tax policy encourages or discourages the growth of Texas' high tech industry. C. How state government permitting, contracting and regulatory compliance processes affect the growth of Texas' high tech industry.
2. To enhance Texas' position as a leader in the digital economy, the Council shall consider strategies to develop a more educated workforce. Specifically, the Council shall consider: A. Which improvements in K-12 mathematics and science education programs might help meet the workforce needs of the high tech industry. B. How to improve the technology training for primary and secondary school teachers and how technology can be more fully integrated into the curriculum of Texas' schools. C. Whether current high school technology programs meet the workforce needs of the high tech industry. D. How Texas' community colleges can be a key to addressing the workforce demands of the high tech industry. E. How to encourage the movement of technology from university labratories into Texas' high tech companies.
3. The growth of the Internet brings new opportunities, such as greater information distributed more broadly, and new risks. The Council shall develop strategies to promote the broad opportunities that the Internet brings and shall consider what, if any, steps might be taken to minimize the adverse effects of the new risks. Specifically, the Council shall consider: A. How to bridge the digital divide and make the opportunities of the Internet available to more Texans. B. What consumer protection measures, including fraud protection, privacy protection and anti-spamming protection, can provide consumers with greater confidence in their use of the Internet as a tool for information and commerce. C. How to utilize the Internet as a means of addressing public health concerns regarding the delivery of medical information and services. D. How to utilize the Internet as a tool to allow for greater public participation in the democratic process. E. How to utilize the Internet as a means of enhancing rural economic development. F. What measures can be taken to give parents greater control over their children's use of the Internet.
Committee: Senate Economic Development
Title: Interim Report - Business financing
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 77th Texas Legislature / Senate Committee on Economic Development, Subcommittee on Private Sector Business Financing.
Subjects: Business loans | Economic development | Tax credits |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 ec74b
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [65 pages  File size: 1,188 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study trends relating to the availability of private sector business financing in an effort to find ways to promote entrepreneurship, job creation and economic development in Texas. The Committee shall make recommendations to facilitate access to private sector business capital.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Economic impact of port regionalization and expansion
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 77th Legislature : the economic impact of port regionalization and expansion.
Subjects: Economic development | Ports |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n219e
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [74 pages  File size: 860 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Examine issues related to port expansion and growth, including the implementation of SB 1665, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the authority of certain navigation districts to acquire land, equipment, or improvements and issue bonds. The Committee shall study the potential economic impact of losing cargo to other states due to inadequate port infrastructure. The Committee shall examine the statutory and constitutional powers granted to those political subdivisions with jurisdiction over ports and which are organized pursuant to Article 16, Section 59 of the Texas Constitution. The Committee shall determine how regional port cooperation might assist in easing congestion at current ports and cargo exchange terminals. The Committee shall measure the success of other state, national, or international efforts to regionalize port planning and expansion.
Committee: House Rural Development, Select
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Select Committee on Rural Development, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: County roads | Economic development | Farm-to-market roads | Railroads | Rural areas | Rural health care | Rural issues | Rural population | Rural schools | Telecommunications infrastructure | Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 r88
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [92 pages  File size: 5,357 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Conduct a comprehensive study of all issues pertaining to the current and future viability of rural areas and small cities and towns in Texas. The committee shall develop plans to maintain and improve the economic, social and cultural life of rural Texans.
2. Studies shall include rural industries, transportation, telecommunications, environmental and natural resource issues, health and human needs, housing, and any other matters substantially affecting the quality of life in rural Texas.
3. Report should recommend both short-term and long-term strategic changes in state policy, rules and regulations.
Committee: House State, Federal and International Relations
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on State, Federal, and International Relations, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Commission on the Arts, Texas | Economic development | Economic Development, Texas Department of | Historical Commission, Texas | Official designations | Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of | Poets Laureate | Rural areas | Rural issues | Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund | Tourism | Transportation, Texas Department of | Veterans | Veterans Commission, Texas | Veterans' health care |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 st30
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [50 pages  File size: 1,923 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the tourism benefits of a program linking tourist destinations by signage, maps, trails, and other means. Consider how such a program should be coordinated, in light of different agencies' responsibilities for tourism and transportation and for natural, cultural and historical sites.
2. Study the demographics of Texas' population of military veterans. Compare and contrast veterans' demographics with those of the general population to determine which current or prospective programs have the most benefit.
3. Review the practices used by other states to designate "state artists" and "state poets." Consider the value of having a permanent procedure for making such designations in Texas.
4. Assess the potential of community telecommunications networks and technology centers for tourism and business development.
5. Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Economic Development, Interim
Title: Interim report - Texas business climate
Library Catalog Title: Report on the Texas business climate.
Subjects: Economic development | Franchise taxes | Job training programs | Literacy | Rainy Day Fund | Skills Development/Smart Jobs Fund | Tax credits | Tax incentives | Telecommunications infrastructure | Tort reform | Transportation infrastructure | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 ec74b
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [91 pages  File size: 3,894 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study major legislation concerning economic development enacted during the 1990's to evaluate and identify the legislation's impact on Texas businesses and the economy, such as creation and retention of jobs, financial stability of businesses, and financial investment in Texas. Among other legislation, the Committee should evaluate laws concerning tort reform, tax abatements and incentives, insurance reform, telecommunication deregulation, and trucking deregulation. The Committee may make recommendations to establish a mechanism for on-going analysis of current and future business-related laws.
Committee: House Revenue and Public Education Funding, Select
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report, the Texas tax system today : a legislative overview and current options for change.
Subjects: Ad valorem taxes | Economic development | Franchise taxes | Property taxes | School finance | State taxes | Tax appraisals | Tax incentives | Tax increment reinvestment zones | Tax system |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 r322
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [69 pages  File size: 3,621 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Continue the committee's comprehensive study of the methods and formulas by which public schools are funded, with the goal of averting a constitutional crisis.
2. Review the laws, rules, and practices that govern the appraisal of property for purposes of ad valorem taxation, including the appraisal reform legislation enacted by the 75th legislature.
3. Study the relative burden of all state and local taxes on major sectors of the state's economy. Evaluate the effect of the tax burden on the competitiveness of each sector.
4. Review all issues related to economic development incentives that may reduce school property taxes. The review should include tax abatements, tax increment financing and 4B development corporations.
5. Review the state's laws, rules and practices for apportioning receipts from intangible assets under the state franchise tax. The review should include an examination of the current location-of-payor rule, as well as alternatives and their effects on tax equity, business expansion and job creation, and opportunities for tax avoidance.
6. Continue the committee's comprehensive review of exceptions and exemptions under the various tax laws of the state.
Committee: House Business and Industry
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Business and Industry Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1996 : a report to the House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Construction industry | Economic development | General contractors | Globe Life Park | Sports arenas |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 b964
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [104 pages  File size: 4,290 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study lien laws and other relationships involved in construction contracts, including hold harmless agreements, mechanics' and materialmen's liens, loan documentation, lien releases, prompt pay, pay if paid and builder licensure.
2. Study issues relating to the public support of sports facilities for economic development.
Committee: House Economic Development
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Economic Development, Texas House of Representatives interim report 1996: a report to the 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Economic development | Economic development corporations | Enterprise zone programs | Job training programs | Local Workforce Development Boards | Skills Development/Smart Jobs Fund | Tax incentives | Welfare-to-work | Workforce Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 ec74h
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [86 pages  File size: 3,811 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the effectiveness of Reinvestment Zones, Enterprise Zones and Enterprise Projects, including the number of businesses in each, the relationship between investment required and benefit received and the impact of previous legislation.
2. Study the differences between 4A and 4B economic development corporations, particularly whether each type should be allowed to invest in projects currently exclusive to the other.
3. Conduct active oversight of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including the consolidation of job training programs in the Texas Workforce Commission; problems associated with any reduction in federal job training funds; and on-going implementation of the Smart Jobs program.
Committee: Senate State Affairs, Interim Subcommitee on Workforce Development
Title: Interim report - A quality workforce: the premier chip in a high-stakes game
Library Catalog Title: A quality workforce : the premier chip in a high-stakes game : a staff report to the Workforce Development Subcommittee of the Senate Interim Committee on State Affairs.
Subjects: Economic development | Job training programs | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 st29sq
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [54 pages  File size: 1,834 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The Committee shall study how responsive the state workforce is to the changing economic needs of our state including the effectiveness of programs to assist the unemployed and the underemployed and policies designed to increase the productivity and employability of citizens of Texas.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate State Affairs, Interim Subcommitee on Workforce Development
Title: Committee documentation: daily minutes record
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1803.9 W892
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View document [2 pages  File size: 32 kb]
Committee: House Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee on Agriculture and Livestock : to the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 72nd Legislature.
Subjects: African honey bees | Agriculture | Animal diseases | Aquaculture | Border economy | Border environment | Border health | Border transportation | Colonias | Economic development | Exotic species | Fire ants | Food safety | Hazardous substances | Hazardous waste | Insects | International trade | Livestock | Pesticides | Rio Grande River | Rural areas | Rural issues | Solid waste disposal | Truck traffic | Water rights | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 ag83
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View report [59 pages  File size: 3,029 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study the promotion of the exotic livestock industry and potential public necessity of governmental regulation thereof.
2. To study international agriculture (joint study with State, Federal and International Relations Committee).
3. To study exotic pests and their impact on Texas agriculture.
4. To study nutrition education and food safety.
5. To study pesticide disposal.
6. To study agricultural economic diversification and development in rural areas.
7. To study the economic development opportunities of the aquaculture industry and the regulatory responsibilities of the State.
Committee: House Business and Commerce
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim studies / Business and Commerce Committee.
Subjects: Commerce, Texas Department of | Construction industry | Economic development | General contractors | International trade | Job training programs | Liens | Mergers and acquisitions | Mexico | Privatization | Statutory revision | Tourism | Use taxes | Welfare | Welfare-to-work |
Library Call Number: L1836.70 b964
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View report [180 pages  File size: 5,263 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To monitor all activities and to have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 3, including the new Department of Commerce and Strategic Policy Commission.
2. To study the possible revision of Chapter 53, Texas Property Code (Mechanic's Liens).
3. To study all issues relating to economic development and diversification through trade and commercial arrangements between business enterprises in Texas and those in Mexico and other Latin American nations.
4. To study and monitor the effectiveness of the agency consolidations and creation of the Department of Commerce.
5. To study and monitor the Department of Commerce's implementation of the requirements of Article 5 (Small Business Assistance), Article 6 (Business Permit Office), and Article 7 (State and Local Permits) in reducing unnecessary governmental regulatory delays that inhibit the economic development of the state.
6. To study the cost/benefits and potential scope of private contracting for governmental services by the State.
7. To study the effect and feasibility of state legislation governing hostile corporate takeovers of domestic corporations.
8. To study methods by which the results of state recruiting programs of business and industry relocation efforts can be measured in terms of cost-benefit to Texas, including a survey of other states' methods of measuring effectiveness.
9. To study the use of the Hotel-Motel Tax.
Committee: Joint Tax Equity, Select
Title: Interim report - Rethinking Texas taxes, volume 1
Library Catalog Title: Rethinking Texas taxes : final report of the Select Committee on Tax Equity.
Subjects: Business taxes | Economic development | State taxes | Tax system |
Library Call Number: L1836.70 t199 1
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View report [96 pages  File size: 7,367 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Conduct studies and make findings regarding the burden of state and local taxation borne by various segments of the state's economy and by various categories of individual taxpayers. In the studies the committee shall assess: (1) the relative portion of the total amount of these taxes that is received from each segment of the business community and each category of individual taxpayer; (2) the impact of state and local taxation on economic development in this state; and (3) the relationship between taxes and the revenue needs of the state and local governments and between the tax burden and benefits taxpayers receive from government in this state.
Committee: Joint Tax Equity, Select
Title: Interim Report - Rethinking Texas taxes, volume 2
Library Catalog Title: Rethinking Texas taxes : final report of the Select Committee on Tax Equity.
Subjects: Business taxes | Economic development | State taxes | Tax system |
Library Call Number: L1836.70 t199 2
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View report [550 pages  File size: 41,823 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Conduct studies and make findings regarding the burden of state and local taxation borne by various segments of the state's economy and by various categories of individual taxpayers. In the studies the committee shall assess: (1) the relative portion of the total amount of these taxes that is received from each segment of the business community and each category of individual taxpayer; (2) the impact of state and local taxation on economic development in this state; and (3) the relationship between taxes and the revenue needs of the state and local governments and between the tax burden and benefits taxpayers receive from government in this state.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Tax Equity, Select
Title: Making ends meet: the state budget and the changing Texas economy.
Library Catalog Title: Making ends meet: state budget in the changing Texas economy : a report / prepared for the Select Committee on Tax Equity.
Library Call Number: L1836.70 t199mg
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Committee: Joint Tax Equity, Select
Title: Tax policy and economic development : a bibliographic survey
Library Catalog Title: Tax policy and economic development : a bibliographic survey and an annotated bibliography / prepared for the Select Committee on Tax Equity.
Library Call Number: L1836.70 t199b
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Committee: Joint Tax Equity, Select
Title: Testimony
Library Catalog Title: Testimony of witness on behalf of the Texas Domestic Tax Preference Group.
Library Call Number: L1836.70 t199mt
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Committee: Joint Tax Equity, Select
Title: Texas Foundation for Human Services report
Library Catalog Title: Current spending & future trends in health & human services for the state of Texas / a report prepared for the Select Committee on Tax Equity.
Library Call Number: L1836.70 t199c
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Committee: Joint Tax Equity, Select
Title: Current spending & future trends in health & human services for the state of Texas
Library Catalog Title: Current spending & future trends in health & human services for the state of Texas
Library Call Number: L1836.70 T199C
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View document [26 pages]
Committee: Joint Tax Equity, Select
Title: Working papers: business/franchise, sales and use, severance, income, insurance, alcohol and tobacco, motor fuels, property, and value added taxes, lottery, state and local user fees, and other topics
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.70 T199
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View document [1307 pages  File size: 31,292 kb]
Committee: Joint Border Economic Development Task Force
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Final report and recommendations / Border Economic Development Task Force.
Subjects: Border economy | Border issues | Economic development |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 b644
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [77 pages  File size: 3,484 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Identify major constraints to economic development in the Border region.
2. Based upon existing studies, public perceptions, expert testimony, and other appropriate sources, identify priority economic development issues in the region.
3. Assess the feasibility of successfully impacting factors identified as critical to the growth and prosperity of the Border region.
4. Develop an agenda and implementation schedule of actions with a high probability of contributing to employment expansion, economic diversification, and other activities that will increase economic activity in the Border region.
5. Identify, to the greatest degree practicable, appropriate resources for proposed actions.
6. Assess the major factors shaping the border economy; evaluate the potential for positive change, and recommend ways of addressing priority economic development needs of the region.
Committee: House Capital Formation, Select, Interim
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 70th Texas Legislature / Texas House of Representatives, Special Interim House Committee on Capital Formation.
Subjects: Banks and banking | Business loans | Economic development | Home equity loans | Interest rates | Stock investments |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 c172
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [91 pages  File size: 4,250 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To analyze Texas' current financial structures and capital needs and examine the state's future financial capital service needs in order to meet desired economic development goals.
2. The committee will incorporate a thorough study of state and federal statutory and regulatory systems currently in place and alternatives for the future.
3. The study will include an investigation of opportunities available in the state for capital formation for business and economic development particularly in the area of regional vs. national banking and high-tech venture capital formation.
4. Also to be studied will be the identification of areas in state and federal laws and regulations which act as barriers to capital formation and the role and scope of state agencies involved in capital formation.
5. The committee will also look at second lien financing secured by homestead equities.
Committee: House Science and Technology
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Texas House of Representatives, 69th Legislature : to the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 70th Legislature.
Subjects: Economic development | Federal research grants | High technology | University research |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 sc26
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [42 pages  File size: 2,210 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. To study the quantity, source, and distribution of research and development spending in the State.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Science and Technology
Title: Memo from the House of Representatives
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 SCI27 69
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View document [1 pages]
Committee: Joint Urban Issues, Special
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: An urban strategy for Texas : report and recommendations to the 70th legislature.
Subjects: Economic development | Municipal annexation | Municipal government | Municipalities |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 ur1hr
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [57 pages  File size: 1,699 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Examine problems facing local governments in Texas. Study the implications of the changes in federal policies directed toward urban problems. Assess whether local governments have the appropriate degree to statutory flexibility to deal with local problems either through their own actions or in conjunction with other jurisdictions in their area. Limited purpose annexation, transportation, the use of bond issues and taxation as tools of urban finance, and mechanisms for state-local information sharing or cooperation are to be addressed.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Urban Issues, Special
Title: Proceedings, hearings on governing urban Texas in the next decade / the Texas House and Senate Joint Special Committee on Urban Issues.
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.69 UR1H
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View document [217 pages]
Committee: Joint Urban Issues, Special
Title: Summary report on the Austin hearings of the Joint Special Committee on Urban Issues : October 24, 1985.
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.69 UR1H
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View document [51 pages]
Committee: House Business and Commerce
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 69th Legislature, Texas House of Representatives / Committee on Business and Commerce.
Subjects: Bond issues | Consumer protection | Economic development | Exports | High tech industry | High technology | Municipal bonds | Private activity bonds | School bonds | Workers' compensation |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 b964
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [7 pages  File size: 333 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To examine current laws and proposed measures from the 68th Session dealing with the sale of health spa memberships and resort time-share vacations to determine if Texas consumers need additional protection.
2. To study the level and type of public and tax-exempt debt in Texas compared to other state and the manner in which these programs are authorized and created.
3. To consider the changing nature of the Texas economy and whether current economic development activities are responsive to technological changes. Specifically look at export development and whether the Export Development Act of 1982 contains opportunities for action by the State of Texas.
4. To consider whether Texas' Workers' Compensation Program should include rehabilitative services.
5. To study the state's role in the development and attraction of higher technology industry to Texas.
Committee: House Business and Industry
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Committee on Business and Industry, Texas House of Representatives, 67th Legislature.
Subjects: Commerce, Texas Department of | Competitive bidding | Condominiums | Economic development | General contractors | Occupational licenses | Retail industry | Tourism |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 b964
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [142 pages  File size: 5,057 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the concept of a separate department of industrial standards to oversee the regulation of air conditioning contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc.
2. Compare Texas' condominium housing laws and regulations with those of other states and determine the need for revision. Should the need for revision exist, begin preparation of legislation to be introduced at the beginning of the 68th legislative session. Begin preparation of a bill to be filed in the next legislative session amending the Texas Uniform Condominium Act.
3. Study the possibility of creating a Texas Department of Commerce and Tourism by combining the Travel Division of Texas Highways and Public Transportation, the Texas Tourist Development Agency, the Texas Industrial Commission, the Texas Film Commission and other related agencies.
4. Study the effects of the Texas Blue Law and its impact on the state's economy and the ramifications on employees and morale attitudes.
5. Study private enterprise vs. government in terms of bidding on state projects and providing certain services.
Committee: Joint Textile Industry Development
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Texas' textile & apparel industry development program : final report / Development Resources Inc. ; sponsored by the Joint Committee on Texas Industry Development of the Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Economic development | Rural economic development | Textile industry |
Library Call Number: L1836.64 t314
Session: 64th R.S. (1975)
Online version: View report [84 pages  File size: 3,236 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Develop a program of research and application to specifically identify in feasibility reports geographic areas of Texas in addition to the High Plains, which offer textile milling potential for cotton, wool, mohair and man-made fibers.
2. Identify textile manufactured specialty items, which can be introduced for processing in rural communities, and develop a suggested format of cost input and benefit return prospectus that can be used as a guide by local industrial development groups and investors to establish such industries themselves.
3. Establish avenues for existing textile industry to conduct new product research and interchange ideas and project results on a permanent on-going basis.
4. Promote and develop statewide interest in the creation of textile mills in Texas and recruit community support in developing industrial financing, labor training and incentives which will enhance the location of mills to Texas.
Committee: Joint Textile Industry Development
Title: Interim Report - Appendix
Library Catalog Title: Texas' textile & apparel industry development program : final report / Development Resources Inc. ; sponsored by the Joint Committee on Texas Industry Development of the Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Economic development | Rural economic development | Textile industry |
Library Call Number: L1836.64 t314 1977a
Session: 64th R.S. (1975)
Online version: View report [51 pages  File size: 1,266 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Develop a program of research and application to specifically identify in feasibility reports geographic areas of Texas in addition to the High Plains, which offer textile milling potential for cotton, wool, mohair and man-made fibers.
2. Identify textile manufactured specialty items, which can be introduced for processing in rural communities, and develop a suggested format of cost input and benefit return prospectus that can be used as a guide by local industrial development groups and investors to establish such industries themselves.
3. Establish avenues for existing textile industry to conduct new product research and interchange ideas and project results on a permanent on-going basis.
4. Promote and develop statewide interest in the creation of textile mills in Texas and recruit community support in developing industrial financing, labor training and incentives which will enhance the location of mills to Texas.
Committee: House Aeronautics Commission
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim study report on the Texas Aeronautics Commission.
Subjects: Air transportation | Economic development |
Library Call Number: L1836.60 ae82
Session: 60th R.S. (1967)
Online version: View report [9 pages  File size: 580 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Make a thorough study of the Texas Aeronautics Commission, its procedures, policy-making practices, rules and regulations and functions.

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

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