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Committee: Senate Finance
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Franchise taxes | Information Resources, Texas Department of | Local government debt | Medical education | Mental health services | Pension liabilities | Property taxes | Sales taxes | State budgets | State government debt | State purchasing | Tax and expenditure limits | Tax holidays |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 F49
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [86 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Property Tax Process: Study the property tax process, including the appraisal system, and recommend ways to promote transparency, simplicity, and accountability by all taxing entities. (Charge to a select subcommittee on Property Tax Reform and Relief)
2. Reduce Tax Burden: Examine and develop options to further reduce the tax burden on property owners. (Charge to a select subcommittee on Property Tax Reform and Relief)
3. Franchise Tax: Study the benefits, including the dynamic effects, of continuing to phase out the franchise tax. Consider alternate approaches to funding the Property Tax Relief Fund.
4. Spending Limit: Examine options and make recommendations for strengthening restriction on appropriations established in Article VIII Section 22 of the state constitution, including related procedures defined in statute. Consider options for ensuring available revenues above spending limit are reserved for tax relief.
5. Fiscal Responsibility: Review the budgeting format of other states, such as whether they use strategy-based budgeting, program-based budgeting, or some other approach and discuss the level of transparency with each approach. Review and make recommendations to reduce state debt liabilities, including state pension liability. Consider how to incentivize state agencies, boards, and commissions to identify and realize savings to taxpayers.
6. Coordinating Behavioral Health Services and Expenditures: Monitor the state's progress in coordinating behavioral health services and expenditures across state government, pursuant to Article IX Sec. 10.04. Identify ways state agencies that provide mental health services are collaborating and taking steps to eliminate redundancy, create efficiency, utilize best practices, ensure optimal service delivery, and demonstrate expenditures are coordinated and in furtherance of a behavioral health statewide strategic plan. Identify barriers that prevent the coordination of behavioral health services. Make recommendations to maximize use of state funding for mental health.
7. Sales Tax Holiday: Review the state's current sales tax holiday structure and determine its economic benefit to the state. Evaluate and consider the merits of any potential expansion of the tax holiday either in the application of the sales tax exemption or the timing of the holiday.
8. Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Finance Committee 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) Tax relief provided to property owners; 2) The gradual phase out of the franchise tax; 3) Support for and the enhancement of graduate medical education; 4) Efforts of the Department of Information Resources (DIR) to modernize the technology of state agencies; 5) The implementation of required changes to state agency contracting, purchasing, and accounting procedures; and 6) Monitor the implementation of Health and Human Services Commission Rider 50.
Committee: Senate Higher Education
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Bachelor's degrees | Career preparedness | College preparatory curriculum | Community college finance | Community colleges | Curriculum | Dual credit high school programs | Early college high schools | English as second language | Higher education affordability | Medical education | Nursing education | Student aid | Student loans | Teacher quality | Teacher retention | Teacher shortages | Teacher training | Tuition | Tuition deregulation | University finance |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 Ed83h
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [93 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. HB 5 Implementation, 60x30TX/Higher Education Alignment: Monitor the ongoing implementation of HB 5 (83R), and examine current projections for preparation of Texas high school students for postsecondary education and workforce training. Examine best practices and recommend strategies to align the implementation with the 60x30TX higher education plan, including, but not limited to, dual credit, credit transferability, and fields of study. (Joint Charge with Senate Education)
2. Performance Funding for GAIs and Community Colleges: Study current funding methods for both general academic institutions and community colleges, examining current performance-based methods of funding for community colleges. Review funding methods used in other states and make recommendations on how to incorporate and/or change student outcome measures in institutional funding to benefit students and promote the education needs of a rapidly growing and changing workforce.
3. Tuition Deregulation and Student Debt: Examine and make recommendations regarding tuition and student debt at public institutions of higher education in Texas. Specifically, study how Texas compares to peer states, variance between institutions, how accountability measures can be used to impact tuition, and increases in tuition since 2003.
4. Tuition/Fee Waivers, Tuition Set-Asides, Financial Aid: Conduct a review of all tuition and fee waivers and exemptions, as well as tuition set-asides currently in law, and examine how students who do not receive the benefits of either bear these resulting costs. Study how other states treat similar populations, whether federal benefits are available, and make recommendations to ensure the efficacy of waivers and exemptions, and tuition set-asides. Examine current financial aid programs, studying their efficacy, and make recommendations on how to provide programs to meet the needs of all students in light of the recent repeal of the state's Top 10% Scholarship program and B-On-Time program.
5. General Academic Institution(GAI)/Health Related Institution(HRI) Funding: Conduct a comprehensive review of funding for GAIs and HRIs, examining whether the methodology for funding the same courses is equitable and productive. Make recommendations on how to update and streamline the current funding methods, to provide a consistent methodology that focuses on student success and innovative strategies. Include in the review a focus on tuition-revenue generating special items and formula and research funding for new medical schools.
6. Baccalaureate Degrees at Community Colleges: Study regional workforce needs in the state and make recommendations on whether metrics should be applied to authorize public community colleges to offer certain baccalaureate degrees in order to meet the regional workforce needs.
7. Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Higher Education and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following: 1) Initiatives designed to create effective, clear transfer pathways for students, including the newly enacted multidisciplinary studies associate degree; 2) Implementation and progress of the Math and Science Scholars Loan Repayment Program; and 3) The progress of the pilot program enacted by the 83rd legislature relating to improving student loan default rates and financial aid literacy among postsecondary students.
8. Teacher Preparation, Retention, Shortages: Study teacher shortage and retention issues in Texas and evaluate educator preparation programs to determine if these programs are preparing educators for the rigors of the 21st century classroom. In particular, examine the shortages of ELL, special education, and STEM educators across the state and identify the issues creating a shortage. Make recommendations to improve educator preparation throughout the state and increase certification rates. (Joint Charge with Senate Education)
Committee: House Public Health
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Dental care | Dental Examiners, Texas State Board of | Farmers | Food safety | Health care costs | Hunger | Medicaid | Medical education | Medical records | Nurse practitioners | Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act | Physician assistants | Physician shortages | Property tax exemptions | Public health | School nutrition | Small farms | State hospitals | Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 H349h
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [66 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the adequacy of the primary care workforce in Texas and assess the impact of an aging population, the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and state and federal funding reductions to graduate medical education and physician loan repayment programs. Study the potential impact of medical school innovations, new practice models, alternative reimbursement strategies, expanded roles for physician extenders, and greater utilization of telemedicine. Make recommendations to increase patient access to primary care and address geographic disparities.
2. Study the various health registries maintained by the state, including the similarities and differences in reporting, consent, security, and portability of data. Assess registry compliance with standards for the protection and transmission of registry data and identify any additional steps necessary to ensure security, efficiency, and utilization.
3. Monitor implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including any changes that may result from ongoing litigation or legislative modification or repeal. (Joint with the House Committee on Insurance)
4. Identify policies to alleviate food insecurity, increase access to healthy foods, and incent good nutrition within existing food assistance programs. Consider initiatives in Texas and other states to eliminate food deserts and grocery gaps, encourage urban agriculture and farmers' markets, and increase participation in the Summer Food Program. Evaluate the desirability and feasibility of incorporating nutritional standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Monitor congressional activity on the 2012 Farm Bill and consider its impact on Texas. (Joint with the House Committee on Human Services)
5. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 82nd Legislature.
Committee: Senate Education Subcommittee on Higher Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 79th Legislature
Subjects: Affirmative action | Automatic admissions | Community colleges | Developmental education | Flagship universities | Higher education accountability | Higher education affordability | Medical education | Student aid | Texas B-on-Time loans | Tuition deregulation | University admissions | University finance |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 Ed83h
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [259 pages  File size: 4,127 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the impact of admissions policies on enrollment in Texas public institutions and make recommendations for improving the admissions procedures, as necessary. The study should include, but not be limited to, a review of recent court decisions on college admissions policies, and an evaluation of the impact of the "Top 10%" law on college admissions.
2. Study and make recommendations on the proper role, scope, and mission of community colleges. Develop innovative approaches to incorporating the community college system into the delivery of K through 16 education. Study the feasibility of allowing community college districts to expand their service areas for taxing purposes.
3. Study developmental education programs in public higher education institutions. Identify alternative means of assessing the need for developmental education, the effectiveness of delivery of developmental education programs, and the appropriate role of developmental education.
4. Study and make recommendations to modify the student financial assistance programs to provide better incentives for students to graduate on time with better grades, such as the B-On-Time program and work-study programs, and to simplify the application process for financial aid programs.
5. Review and make recommendations relating to the adequacy of funding for graduate medical education, including funding required for professors, facilities, research programs and students. Review and make recommendations relating to increasing the number of health professionals.
6. Joint interim charge with the Senate Finance Committee: Study and make recommendations relating to the development of a statewide accountability system for higher education that is consistent with funding strategies for higher education.
7. Joint interim charge with the Senate Finance Committee: Study and make recommendations evaluating the cost of increasing the number of Tier 1 universities in Texas. Reexamine current and alternative methods of funding regional universities, community colleges, health science centers and their reimbursement for the provision of indigent health care, and universities.
8. Joint interim charge with the Senate Finance Committee: Study the budgetary impact of legislation to deregulate tuition at institutions of higher education. This study should include, but not be limited to, a review of recent tuition increases authorized by this Act, their impact on affordability of higher education, and an evaluation of the expenditure of these funds.
Committee: Senate Finance
Title: Interim Report - Graduate medical education
Library Catalog Title: Report to the Senate Finance Committee, 76th Texas Legislature / Senate Finance Committee Interim Subcommittee on Graduate Medical Education.
Subjects: Hospitals | Indigent health care | Medicaid | Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Program, Texas | Medical education | Medical reimbursements |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 f49me
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [72 pages  File size: 3,045 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate the financial viability and educational effectiveness of graduate medical education in light of changes in Medicaid, managed care, and other cost factors, including the impact of uncompensated care. This evaluation shall include a review of the role of the state's teaching hospitals in the provision of indigent health care, and the role of graduate medical education in addressing health care needs of under-served regions of the state.
2. Review the Texas Disproportionate Share Hospital Program, with an emphasis on the formula and criteria used to distribute funding to hospitals. The committee's report should include a comprehensive assessment of all sources of funding (federal, state, and local) available to hospitals which serve Medicaid clients and the indigent poor, as well as the costs incurred by hospitals which serve Medicaid clients and the indigent poor, as well as the costs incurred by hospitals serving these groups. The committee will report any findings or recommendations by May 1. Subcommittee: Moncrief - Chairman, Truan, West, Carona, Lindsay SFC Staff: Nancy Frank, Laura Smith LBB: Kim Carson, Trey Berndt - Fed. Funds, Regina Martin - HHS
Committee: Senate Education
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Senate Education Committee final report to the 75th Legislature.
Subjects: College preparedness | Elementary education | High technology | Higher education | Higher education affordability | Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas | Job training programs | Juvenile justice alternative education programs | Juvenile justice system | Legislative Budget Board, Texas | Medical education | School districts | School finance | Secondary education | Student aid | Tuition | University administrators | University enrollment | University faculty salaries | University research | Vocational education | Workforce Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 ed83
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [57 pages  File size: 2,198 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the role of the Texas Legislature, Texas Higher Eduation Coordinating Board, and the university systems in making changes in the governance structure of universities and implementing academic/research programs.
2. Monitor the implementation of SB 1, 74th Legislature, Regular Session with emphasis on the relationship established between the education and juvenile justice communities; the change in relationship between the state and independent school districts; the implementation of home-rule districts, and campus and program charter provisions; and the LBB studies on school funding special allotments and program weights.
3. Review the affordability of higher education in Texas in light of potential cutbacks in Federal student financial assistance, increases in tuition and student services fees, and recent state-funded student assistance measures.
4. Study higher education financial issues related to the projected increases in enrollment; faculty and administrator salaries; and support for research into emerging technologies and for medical schools.
5. Review educational services and training provided to non-college bound students, and make recommendations on the appropriate educational institutions to ensure that these students acquire employment skills.
6. Study the appropriate role of and relationships between the levels of education in Texas. Such relationships include elementary/secondary education and higher education, and two year and four-year institutions.
Committee: House Public Health
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Public Health, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1996 : a report to the House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Children's health care | Children's health insurance | Long-term care | Medical education | Medically uninsured | Nursing homes | Occupational licenses | Quality of care | Texas Healthy Kids Corporation |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 h349h
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [115 pages  File size: 5,368 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the benefits, costs and possibility of mandating a specific ratio of certified nurse aids to nursing home residents.
2. Review the ways in which medical schools use funds generated by their family practice programs.
3. Study whether public protection or public services could be enhanced by the registration or licensing of clinical laboratory scientists.
4. Study options to improve access to healthcare for children who do not qualify for expanded medicaid eligibility.
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Higher Education, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1992 : a report to the House of Representatives, 73rd Legislature.
Subjects: Grants | Higher education | Higher education affordability | Medical education | Nursing shortages | Physicians | Scholarships | Student aid | Student loans | Texas State Technical College | Tuition | University finance |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 ed84h
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [34 pages  File size: 892 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor and oversee legislation enacted during the 72nd Regular and Special Called Sessions that was considered by the Higher Education Committee; Performance Audit Review Recommendations; and any agency-initiated changes.
2. Carry out budget and oversight responsibilities for all agencies, boards, and commissions listed in Rule 3, Section 15. A. Monitor and oversee documenation of salary increases. B. Verify the number and status of outcomes and outputs as identified in the Appropriations Bill (HB 1, 72nd Legislature, 1st Called Session). C. Review agencies' existing performance standards and determine whether new standards are needed.
3. Study the levels of tuition and fees at institutions of higher education across the state and the causes and effects of their increase in recent years. Monitor and coordinate with the Joint Committee on Higher Education as it pertains to this subject.
4. Study the increasing need for student financial aid in the forms of grants and loans.
5. Identify the role, mission, and benefits of Texas State Technical College (TSTC) including its role of meeting the educational needs of the area it serves, future funding, and conflicts with junior colleges.
6. Monitor and coordinate with the Joint Committee on Higher Education as it relates to formula funding and deferred maintenance at institutions of higher education.
7. Study the enrollment at professional schools to determine supply, as it relates to the demand for all appropriate professions.
Committee: Joint Higher Education, Select
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Higher education in the new Texas : report of the Joint Select Committee on Higher Education to the 73rd Legislature, state of Texas.
Subjects: Higher education | Higher education affordability | Medical education | Minority students | Nursing education | Nursing shortages | School dropouts | Tax system | University budgets | University enrollment | University faculty salaries | University finance | University graduation rates | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 ed84hmr
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [104 pages  File size: 4,500 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the purposes, performance, administrative methods, formula allocation system and the use of funds appropriated for higher education.
2. Review the goals for higher education established in the master plan for higher education adopted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and identify specific goals that the state must attain by the year 2000. The final report shall also contain recommended goals to be met on a biennial basis until the year 2000;
3. Assess the performance of the Texas higher education system in accomplishing the following purposes, with particular attention to the comparable performance of states, regions, and nations with which Texas competes: 1. preparing an adequate number of well-informed citizens and qualified professionals, as measured by enrollment rates, retention rates, incidence of degrees and certificates granted, performance on state licensure examinations, and other appropriate measures; 2. preparing an adequate number and quality of professionals in various fields to ensure a competitive work force, with emphasis on the supply of professionals compared to the demand and projected need of such professionals in the future; 3. preparing an adequate number and quality of public school teachers and administrators to provide for an effective and efficient public primary and secondary school system; 4. providing access to higher education programs to all citizens, regardless of age or ethnicity; and 5. providing to organizations and individuals in Texas access to relevant research results and new ideas in support of a dynamic economy;
4. Conduct an analysis comparing trends in funding per student, expenditure per student, administrative cost per student, and other relevant measures of comparison of the Texas higher education system and the systems of other states with which Texas competes
5. Examine methods of projecting student enrollment and projections through the year 2000 for each sector of higher education.
6. Review institutions' expenditures of funds and use of authority to set and collect fees.
7. Examine methods for colleges and universities to share critical resources using cooperative degree programs, telecommunication access to libraries, computers, selected classes, and coordinated research programs.
8. Examine means to reduce dropout rates and increase opportunities for students to achieve educational goals quickly and with a minimum of wasted effort;
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 72nd Legislature : report of the Committee on Higher Education of the Texas House of Representatives.
Subjects: Community colleges | Continuing education | Curriculum | Educational tests | Higher education | Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas | Landlords and tenants | Medical education | Minority contractors | Minority-owned/women-owned businesses | Physicians | State government contracts | Student housing | Super Conducting Super Collider project | Texas Academic Skills Program | University dormitories | University finance | University student transfers |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 ed84h
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View report [226 pages  File size: 7,931 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 15.
2. To study the status, role and mission of upper level centers and institutions in the system of public higher education.
3. To study the status of the core curriculum initiative established in HB 2183, 70th Legislature, Regular Session.
4. To study the fiscal impact of the TASP test on public junior colleges and community colleges.
5. To study the resident physician compensation program administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
6. To study the feasibility of establishment of Legislative criteria that must be met before the State authorizes the creation of additional institutions of higher education.
7. To study university housing policies and tenant-landlord responsibilities on university campuses.
8. To study reasonable minority participation in business contracts with university campuses.
9. To study the impact of and access to the Super Conducting-Super Collider project on the Texas public system of higher education.
10. To study the benefits of the means by which continuing education programs can be provided in those areas of the state that are not presently served.
Committee: House Human Services
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 72nd Texas Legislature / Committee on Human Services.
Subjects: At-risk youth | Child abuse | Child care | Child welfare | Elder abuse | Long-term care | Medical education | Nurses | Nursing education | Nursing homes | Nursing shortages | Obesity | Public health | Quality of care | Runaway children | Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 h88
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View report [310 pages  File size: 11,175 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 17.
2. To study the extent of the problem of "throwaway children" that have been abandoned by their parents.
3. To study feasibility of obesity prevention programs and the potential impact on reduction of indigent health care costs.
4. To study the impact of the shortage of nursing personnel on health care delivery providers, including an examination of the regulation and permit requirements of nursing pools.
5. To study the provision of day care services to families with low to moderate income, including the licensing and regulation of providers, the effects of federal welfare and day care reforms on day care services and the potential for expanded public-private partnerships in the area of day care.
6. To study current public and private policies relating to child day care and to make recommendations to improve child day care services in Texas.
7. To study the development of state policy and strategy for long term care, including a review of policies regarding penalties and sanctions for long term care providers, and to examine unlicensed and unregulated boarding terms.
Committee: Joint Post-Secondary Medical, Dental, and Allied Health Education, Special
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Special Committee on Post-Secondary Medical, Dental, and Allied Health Education.
Subjects: Medical education | Nursing education | Nursing shortages |
Library Call Number: L1836.70 p846
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View report [277 pages  File size: 13,972 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study all issues and concerns relating to Medical, Dental, and Allied Health Education Systems in Texas. The study should include, but not be limited to, the most effective system of governance, role and mission statements for each institution, long-term manpower needs for physicians and other health professionals in Texas, the role of research in health-related institutions, the role of medical and dental institutions in the delivery of health care for Texas residents, and, based on a detailed analysis of program costs, a recommendation for a cost-effective methodology to fund health-related education of the highest quality.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Post-Secondary Medical, Dental, and Allied Health Education, Special
Title: HCR 107, 70th Leg.
Library Call Number: HCR 107
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View document [2 pages  File size: 183 kb]
Committee: Senate Education
Title: Texas School Administators Council
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1803.9 ED83 67
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View document [1 pages]
Committee: Senate Education
Title: SR 163, 1st C.S.
Library Call Number: SR 163
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View document [3 pages  File size: 1,148 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of theTexas House of Representatives, 67th Legislature : report of the Committee on Higher Education of the House of Representatives.
Subjects: Higher education | Medical education | Student aid | Student loans | Teacher certification | Teacher quality | Teachers | University faculty |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 ed73
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [102 pages  File size: 2,689 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study present policies of granting tenure to faculty members at public institutions of higher education and determine the impact of these policies in recruitment and promotion of minority and/or young faculty, as well as on academic freedom.
2. Review the funding of medical education in Texas, comparing funding trends with other states.
3. Study teacher education as it relates to teacher certification and other related matters at public institutions of higher education in Texas.
4. Review the structure and operation of Higher Education Authorities including their actual and intended purposes and activities, along with a review of the State's statutory responsibility toward and control over existing authorities.

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