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13 Document(s) [ Subject: North American Free Trade Agreement ]

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: Senate International Relations and Trade
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report : 78th legislative interim
Subjects: Border crossings | Border environment | Border Environmental Cooperation Commission | Border issues | Colonias | Customs brokers | Drinking water | Exports | North American Development Bank | North American Free Trade Agreement | Sales taxes | Tax administration | Wastewater management |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 In9
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [131 pages  File size: 4,028 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the activities of the U.S.-Mexico Border Environmental Program: Border 2012, particularly in reference to the grant program. The Committee shall also monitor the distribution of funds from the North American Development Bank and the Border Environmental Cooperative Commission, as well as monitoring the activities of the International Boundary and Water Commission. The Committee should make recommendations for efficient use, tracking, and leverage of funds and for effective coordination of state policies relating to the border region.
2. Study the implementation of HB 109, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for improvement of the import/export and certification system and for maximization of the tax dollars collected.
3. Study trends and issues concerning trade, immigration, and employment along the Border, including the impact of ten years of NAFTA, and make recommendations to enhance economic development and growth. Examine the impact of the US-VISIT program and the Trade Adjustment Act of 2002, and the current transition of oversight of the Border to the to the Department of Homeland Security and make recommendations for improvement in state law, as necessary.
4. Study and make recommendations for improving colonias infrastructure, including water services, wastewater services and transportation infrastructure. All recommendations should include an analysis of cost effective alternatives for achieving results and an assessment of current efforts to improve infrastructure.
Committee: House Transportation
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Transportation, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Air quality | Air transportation | Competitive bidding | Design/build process | Emissions | Highway finance | Homeland security | North American Free Trade Agreement | Semi-trailer trucks | State government contracts | Terrorism | Texas Mobility Fund | Traffic | Truck inspection stations |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 t687
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [78 pages  File size: 2,628 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study long-term financing options for mobility in Texas. Consider the most efficient and productive ways to fund the mobility fund, contingent upon its approval by the voters. Otherwise, consider additional options for long-term highway funding. Assess the effects of low-bid versus design-build contracting methods. Consider adoption of a level of service for mobility in Texas.
2. Review and consider all issues related to truck transportation at the international border, including (a) the security and efficiency at check points, (b) truck safety, including compliance with weight regulations, and (c) the continuing impact of NAFTA, including commercial vehicle inspections.
3. Gather information about the security of general aviation, rail and truck transportation, and Texas seaports. Review government regulations and business practices to determine whether legislation is needed to protect life and property and to detect, interdict and respond to acts of terrorism.
4. Study the need for general aviation facilities and identify potential resources that could be used to support additional facilities.
5. Consider opportunities to mitigate air quality problems in non-attainment areas by corridors or special routing of long-haul traffic, including interstate or NAFTA-related traffic.
6. Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Border Affairs, Special
Title: Interim Report - Transportation
Library Catalog Title: Transportation interim report : Texas border transportation infrastructure and Senate Bill 913.
Subjects: Border economy | Border transit corridors | Border transportation | GARVEE bonds | Highway finance | Job training programs | North American Free Trade Agreement | Transportation, Texas Department of | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 b644t
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [90 pages  File size: 847 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Assess the long-term intermodal transportation needs of the Texas-Mexico Border Region to facilitate regional economic development, international trade and safety. The Committee shall address all modes of transportation, including highways, farm-to-market roads, turnpikes, mass transit, aviation, railroads and water traffic. The Committee shall also evaluate the planning and capacity resources of the three Texas Department of Transportation border districts and make recommendations, including alternative financing mechanisms, to expedite the flow of NAFTA-related commercial vehicle traffic. The Committee shall consult and coordinate with the Senate Committee on State Affairs in developing recommendations concerning transportation linkages between the Border Region and statewide, national and international markets. Final preparation of transportation recommendations shall be the responsibility of the State Affairs Committee.
2. Develop economic development strategies for the Border Region to increase economic opportunity and the earning capacity of its residents through higher wage jobs. The strategies should assess the Region's post-NAFTA workforce training needs, as well as identify potential emerging industry clusters in the Border Region and the workforce requirements to support those industry clusters.
Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Charge 1 Intermodal transportation
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on State Affairs report to the 77th Legislature : charge 1, intermodal transportation.
Subjects: GARVEE bonds | Highway finance | Motor fuels taxes | North American Free Trade Agreement | Railroads | Toll roads | Transportation | Transportation bonds | Transportation infrastructure | Transportation, Texas Department of |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 st29a 1
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [99 pages  File size: 1,593 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Evaluate the state's intermodal transportation planning efforts with an emphasis on NAFTA-related trade corridors and their impact on both metropolitan and rural areas of the state. The Committee shall address all modes of transportation including highways, farm-to-market roads, turnpikes, mass transit, aviation, railroads and water traffic. The Committee shall determine whether the state is maximizing federal funding levels, and evaluate alternative and innovative methods of transportation funding and develop recommendations for their use. The Committee shall coordinate study of this issue with the Special Committee on Border Affairs. The final preparation of the report will be the responsibility of the State Affairs Committee.
Committee: House Transportation
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Transportation, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Border transit corridors | Bridges | County roads | Driver licenses | Farm-to-market roads | Federal funds | GARVEE bonds | Graduated driver licenses | Highway finance | Highways - safety | Motor fuels taxes | North American Free Trade Agreement | Semi-trailer trucks | Speed limits | Teenage drivers | Toll roads | Traffic fatalities | Transportation bonds | Transportation, Texas Department of |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 t687
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [58 pages  File size: 2,220 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study ways the state and counties can ensure a safe, adequately funded county road and bridge system consistent with encouraging commerce and economic growth.
2. Study the advantages and disadvantages of a graduated driver's license program, including the experience of states that have recently enacted such programs.
3. Examine highway funding issues in light of the combined impact of rapid transportation growth and increased NAFTA traffic. Monitor state and federal developments related to funding and planning of NAFTA corridors.
4. Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including effects of legislation increasing speed limits.
Committee: House Economic Development
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Economic Development Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1998 : a report to the House of Representatives, 76th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Border economy | Border environment | Border issues | Border transit corridors | Border transportation | Environmental protection | North American Free Trade Agreement | Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund | Unemployment insurance | Unemployment taxes | Workforce Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 ec74h
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [171 pages  File size: 7,064 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Conduct a comprehensive review of the unemployment compensation system, including employer contribution rates, benefit determination factors, long-term financial stability, efficiency of benefit delivery and adjudication procedures, and any problems faced by employers or beneficiaries.
2. Assess the effects of NAFTA on major industrial, business, agricultural, and labor sectors, as well as trade. Review any other positive or negative impacts, including such areas as environmental and public safety issues. Report on the responses of Texas economic sectors to changes brought about by NAFTA.
Committee: Senate North American Free Trade Agreement, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: A report to the 76th Legislature.
Subjects: Affordable housing | Border counties | Border economy | Border health | Border issues | Border transit corridors | Border transportation | Colonias | Employment | Environment | Environmental protection | Interstate Highway 35 | Job training programs | Literacy | Local Workforce Development Boards | North American Free Trade Agreement | Railroads | Traffic | Transportation | Transportation infrastructure | Unemployment | Water quality management | Water supplies | Workforce | Workforce Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 n811
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [163 pages  File size: 12,556 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate the impact of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on the Texas economy and determine how different segments of the economy are affected.
2. Determine how NAFTA has affected employment and identify any employment losses or gains. Assess how the state's workforce programs have responded to any employment changes and make any necessary recommendations to improve that response.
3. Assess the impact NAFTA is having on the state's infrastructure, including but not limited to transportation, education, housing, the environment and health and human services.
4. Develop a statewide strategic response plan to the effects of NAFTA in Texas which identifies available and needed resources at the local, state and federal level and provides for a coordinated response.
Committee: House Transportation
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Transportation, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1998 : a report to the House of Representatives, 76th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Bridges | County roads | Highway finance | License plates | Motor vehicle records | Motor vehicle registration | North American Free Trade Agreement | Semi-trailer trucks | Speed limits | Traffic | Traffic safety | Truck traffic |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 t687
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [199 pages  File size: 9,587 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review all issues related to speed limits and highway safety.
2. Study the system for funding county reads and bridges. Assess its adequacy and any measures that would improve the system.
3. Review the process for creating and issuing special license plates. Assess the benefits and disadvantages of a proliferation of special plates.
4. Study the effects of oversize and overweight trucks on roads and bridges, including the impact of NAFTA-related traffic.
5. Examine the implementation of HB 2151, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, and HB 2599, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the licensing of salvage vehicle dealers and to salvage vehicle titling procedures. Review federal legislation that may impact state laws relating to salvage vehicles. (Joint with the House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures)
6. Conduct active oversight of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including the implementation of SB 370, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, and monitor issues affecting state highway funding.
Committee: Senate International Relations, Trade and Technology
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee interim report : a report to the 75th Legislature.
Subjects: Affordable housing | Attorney General of Texas | Border economy | Border environment | Border health | Border issues | Border transportation | Colonias | Consumer credit | Contracts for deed | Housing and Community Affairs, Texas Department of | International trade | Mortgages | North American Free Trade Agreement | Private activity bonds | Real estate development | Sewer service | Wastewater management | Water Development Board, Texas | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 in9
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [173 pages  File size: 11,680 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the enforcement of HB 1001, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, the colonias bill, and identify any provisions that need to be clarified or strengthened.
2. Assess the progress of the Texas Water Development Board's "economically distressed areas program" with regards to the number of applications received and the number of water and waste water projects actually implemented in the colonias.
3. Assess the effect of NAFTA on Texas' infrastructure including transportation, housing, education and the environment, with special attention to its impact along the Texas/Mexico border.
4. Monitor implementation of, and make recommendations for any needed changes in, legislation passed by the 74th Legislature to address the problems of colonias, specifically SB 336, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, SB 1509, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, and HB 2726, 74th Legislature, Regular Session.
5. Study and make recommendations regarding methods and programs to expand international trade, with particular focus on the use of technology.
Committee: House International and Cultural Relations
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on International and Cultural Relations interim report, 1994 : a report to the House of Representatives, 74th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Air pollution | Border environment | Border issues | Historic preservation | Historical Commission, Texas | Mexico | North American Free Trade Agreement |
Library Call Number: L1836.73 c898
Session: 73rd R.S. (1993)
Online version: View report [58 pages  File size: 2,475 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including a study of mandated reports to the legislature and legislative agencies. The study should consist of a review of the legislative reporting requirements of all agencies to identify areas where reporting obligations could be streamlined and agency accountability improved. The committee shall make specific recommendations about the continuation, modification or elimination of required legislative reports.
2. Study ways to advance preservation, dissemination and promotion of Texas history.
3. Review the opportunities for Texas and Mexican legislative and executive offcials to share information in a timely manner on border developments significantly affecting the other side of the border (the construction of the Carbon II lignite plant in Mexico is cited as an example). Recommend mechanisms to achieve appropriate levels of information and coordination on such developments.
Committee: House NAFTA and GATT, Special Select
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 74th Texas Legislature. Special House Select Committee on NAFTA and GATT.
Subjects: Agriculture | Border economy | Border environment | Border health | Border issues | Border transportation | Job training programs | North American Free Trade Agreement | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.73 n13
Session: 73rd R.S. (1993)
Online version: View report [322 pages  File size: 14,100 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. To assess the impacts on Texas of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. The assessments should include the effects on the state's economy, environment, state and local governments, infrastructure and services (e.g., education, health care, sanitation, etc.). The Committee shall consider measures to prepare the state to obtain the maximum benefits from the agreements, while minimizing their negative effects.
Committee: House State, Federal, and International Relations
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on State, Federal & International Relations, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1992 : a report to the House of Representatives, 73rd Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Border environment | Border health | Environment | Environmental protection | International trade | Manufacturing | Maquiladoras | North American Free Trade Agreement | Public health | Retail industry | Truck traffic |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 st30
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [134 pages  File size: 6,144 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement on Texas, including issues relating to health and environment along the Texas-Mexico border, in cooperation with other appropriate committees.

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