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Committee: Senate Infrastructure Development and Security
Title: Interim Report - Homeland Security
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on Infrastructure Development and Security report to the 79th Legislature : homeland security.
Subjects: Emergency management | Homeland security | Immigration | Matricula Consular cards |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 In5hs
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [98 pages  File size: 1,188 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study and report on the distribution of federal funds to Texas through the Governor's Office, state agencies, and directly to local units of government for homeland security measures, including but not limited to, public health and welfare, safety, awareness, and the subsequent use of any funds that might be awarded. Make recommendations relating to the development of a method for tracking this information across jurisdictions and state programs. Evaluate the allocation and efficient use of future federal funds to the state and local governments and identify opportunities to enhance current state funding for homeland security and other measures.
2. Evaluate state and local efforts to enhance the security of Texans and make recommendations for improving Texas' ability to detect, deter, and respond to acts of terrorism, including state plans and programs for addressing bioterrorism. Regarding bioterrorism events, the Committee shall focus on early detection of an incident, reporting of information from local health entities, and ability to organize and administer a mass vaccination. Make recommendations relating to improvements to state and local communications networks and develop innovative methods for sharing federal, state, and local information.
3. Study the issue of interoperable communications for first responders. The Committee shall assess the status of this capability and evaluate available technology and costs. In addition, the Committee shall explore pilot programs and proposals by entities such as DPS and the Sheriff's Association, who have been working to assess new technologies and the cost of implementation of systems to assist in effective communication between all parts of the state.
4. Study the issues associated with consular identification cards ("Matricula Consular"), with particular attention to security and verifiability, banking access, local law enforcement relations, and driver's license issuance. Review current FBI reports on security and verifiability. Consider the implications that acceptance of the card on a state or local level would have on federal immigration policy and homeland security.
Committee: Senate Health and Human Services, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Texas Senate Interim Committee on Health and Human Services interim report.
Subjects: Immigration | Medicaid fraud | Medical billing | Prompt payment of insurance claims | Rural issues | Rural population | Senior citizens | Tobacco advertising | Tobacco laws and regulations | Tobacco lawsuit | Tobacco settlement receipts | Underage smoking | Welfare | Welfare fraud | Welfare reform |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 h349
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [160 pages  File size: 7,598 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the implementation of SB 30, 75th R.S., passed by the Legislature during the 1997 regular session, regarding fraud and improper payments under state Medicaid and welfare programs. If needed, make recommendations for further legislative and regulatory action.
2. Develop a plan for oversight of efforts by state health and human services agencies, the Attorney General, and law enforcement agencies, to detect and reduce fraud and improper payments under state Medicaid and welfare programs. The plan should address enforcement and punishment under state and federal civil and criminal laws.
3. Continue to monitor federal welfare reform, and make recommendations for necessary legislative or regulatory action.
4. Study the implementation of SB 55, 75th R.S., passed by the Legislature during the 1997 regular session, regarding minors' access to tobacco.
5. Monitor developments in the federal tobacco settlement discussions and identify potential, fiscal impacts to Texas governments.
6. Examine the demographic trends of the state that will impact the health and human services delivery system in the future, including immigration, rural concerns, and the aging state population. Make recommendations for research and legislative action, if necessary.
7. Study current practices in patient billing by Texas hospitals and providers of health care to evaluate the accuracy, clarity and timliness of patient billing. The Committee should examine existing regulatory authority and determine whether there is suficient authority to address problems in patient billings. If necessary, the Committee may make recommendations for standardizing patient billing; ensuring that bills are accurate and complete yet simple enough for patients to understand; providing a meaningful appeals process for incorrect or excessive billings; and establishing guidelines for submission of bill for payment within a reasonable time period.
Committee: House State, Federal, and International Relations
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the members of the 69th Legislature : interim report of the Committee on State, Federal & International Relations, Texas House of Representatives.
Subjects: Border economy | Border issues | Fisheries | Immigration | Mexico | Shrimping industry | Undocumented immigrants | Water rights | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 st30
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [87 pages  File size: 2,289 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To monitor all activities and have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 30.
2. To investigate the possibilities of initiating agreements or permits for Texas shrimpers to harvest in Mexico's Exclusive Economic Zone; explore basis for expansion into other commercial fisheries agreements.
3. To study the effect of the continuing Mexican Peso devaluations on the economies of the Texas border areas; devise a contingency plan, in cooperation with other border states, to stimulate border area economy in the event of future economic problems in Mexico.
4. In cooperation with the House-Senate Joint Committee on Water Resources, study the possibility of developing state water resources through the importation of water from bordering states, and explore riparian rights between those states and Texas.
5. To study the effects of the proposed Simpson-Mazzoli Act on the Texas border area and its economy.

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