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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: House Regulated Industries
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the Texas House of Representatives, 79th Legislature
Subjects: Air pollution control technology | Alternative energy | Broadband technology | Electric Reliability Council of Texas | Electric utility deregulation | Fuel cells | Rights of way | State government reorganization | Telecommunications infrastructure | Wind power |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 R265
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [64 pages  File size: 533 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Gather and review information on the overall status of the telecommunications market in Texas, including the effects of inter-modal competition and emerging technologies. Recommend changes to Texas law to encourage new investment and technological innovation consistent with market-oriented public policies and the interests of Texas families and businesses. Gather and review information on the Federal Communications Commission Triennial Review and recommend adjustments to Texas law.
2. Study broadband service deployment, including other state's models used to transition to a fully competitive communications marketplace and any new technologies of competitive providers.
3. Study the process of economic dispatch and determine possible methods to improve the competitive electric utilities market and reduce costs and pollution caused by inefficient power plants.
4. Examine issues related to access to rights-of-way and easements to ensure state laws encourage non-discriminatory access for all broadband service providers regardless of technology used to offer the service or the regulatory status of the provider.
5. Examine the reliability of electric utility service and review authority and structure of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
6. Study the size and scope of the various broadband infrastructure platforms (e.g. cable, satellite, fixed wireless, DSL) in the state and how each are regulated under both state and federal law.
7. Determine how investment in broadband networks by both competitive local exchange carriers and incumbent local exchange providers can be encouraged through public policy changes.
8. Examine the benefits and challenges associated with alternative forms of energy generation technologies, such as wind and hydrogen fuel cells, and what if any state government involvement should be considered. (Joint interim charge with Energy Resources Committee)
9. 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: House State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the Texas House of Representatives, 78th Legislature / Committee on State Affairs.
Subjects: Broadband technology | Building and Procurement Commission, Texas | Electricity supplies | Electricity transmission and distribution | General Services Commission, Texas | Homeland security | Information Resources, Texas Department of | Rural issues | Telecommunications infrastructure | Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund | Terrorism |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 st29h
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [220 pages  File size: 5,169 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the deployment of advanced telecommunications services throughout Texas and evaluate possible state policies to ensure availability of broadband service to all Texans. Study barriers faced by rural and urban communities in obtaining advanced services and explore ways for these communities, the state and cities to secure the benefits of affordable broadband access to underserved citizens.
2. Determine what, if any, broadband access is available to the citizens of each rural community of the state and to each inner-city community in the state. Together with the Public Utility Commission, or another agency or university of the state, establish a system for tracking broadband service offerings in rural and inner-city communities on an on-going basis.
3. Gather information related to the security of state-owned buildings and facilities, public and private communications systems and electric generation and transmission facilities. 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. Review the activities and mission of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund, assess the extent to which the Fund has met the goal of extending services to underserved client groups, and consider whether the need for the Fund's programs extends beyond the statutory termination.
5. Review the laws and procedures governing the siting of electric transmission lines. Consider how the need for transmission lines is determined, how routes are selected, the technology selected for a given route, the interests of landowners on whose property the lines are sited, and the interests of consumers and the public in siting decisions.
6. Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction, including the transfer of functions and duties of the former General Services Commission to the Texas Building and Procurement Commission and the Department of Information Resources.
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: Senate Economic Development, Interim
Title: Interim report - Telecommunications and insurance
Library Catalog Title: Report on telecommunications and insurance.
Subjects: Homeowners insurance | Insurance industry | Insurance, Texas Department of | Liability | Long distance telephone service | Managed care | Open records requests and decisions | Patients' rights | Public Information Act, Texas | Public Utility Commission of Texas | Public Utility Regulatory Act | Racial discrimination | Telecommunications infrastructure | Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund | Telephone deregulation | Telephone service |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 ec74t
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [308 pages  File size: 12,707 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the effect of property insurance form deregulation, as addressed in SB 1499, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, passed by the Legislature during the 1997 regular session, on the affordability and availability of homeowners insurance.
2. Monitor the implementation of SB 386, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, passed by the Legislature during the 1997 regular session, regarding managed care liability, including the development of the rules and standards governing the certification, selection, and operation of independent review organizations.
3. Study and assess the effectiveness of HB 2128, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, passed by the Legislature during the 1995 regular session, including but not limited to: the deployment of an advanced telecommunications infrastructure in Texas; the development of competition in the local telecommunications market in Texas; and the use of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund in improving the capabilities of Texas schools, libraries and public hospitals. In its evaluation, the Committee should identify any remaining barriers to the development of full competition in the telecommunications market in Texas and make recommendations, if necessary, for any legislative or regulatory action.
4. Review the process used by the Texas Department of Insurance and the Attorney General in making determinations regarding public disclosure of insurance data and, if necessary, make recommendations to streamline and standardize the process.
5. Review and make recommendations, if needed, to clarify what insurance market-related data should be in the public domain and what information should be considered proprietary data to preserve competition. This review should consider both statistical data and underwriting guidelines.
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: Joint Municipal Franchise Agreements for Telecommunications Utilities
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Legislative Committee on Municipal Franchise Agreements for Telecommunications Utilities interim report to the 76th Legislature.
Subjects: Municipalities | Telecommunications infrastructure | Telephone deregulation | Telephone service |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 m92
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [229 pages  File size: 10,868 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Investigate and report on:(A) the need for consistency in terms and conditions, including the authorized compensation methodology, to be included in municipal franchise agreements in Texas;
2. (B) the impact of existing municipal fee agreements, ordinances, charters, or other municipal requirements on the provision of competitive telecommunications services wholly within municipalities by telecommunications utilities and the authority of the Legislature to establish the basis for and require modification of those agreements, ordinances, charters, or other municipal requirements;
3. (C) the type and amount of cost incurred by municipalities by virtue of the use of the municipalities' rights-of-way and public property by telecommunications utilities providing telecommunications services wholly within the municipalities;
4. (D) the type, basis for, and amount of revenue received by municipalities from telecommunications utilities providing telecommunications services wholly within the municipalities;
5. (E) the authority of municipalities to impose conditions on or require compensation from telecommunications utilities providing telecommunications services wholly within the municipalities by resale of telecommunications services or the use of facilities of other telecommunications utilities; and
6. (F) such other issues as are necessary to promote the public interest and effectuate the policies in support of competition by telecommunications utilities in the provision of telecommunications services wholly within municipalities as set forth in SB 1937, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, 1997.
7. Make recommendations for legislative and regulatory action.
Committee: Senate Economic Development
Title: Interim report - Telecommunications
Library Catalog Title: Interim report on telecommunications.
Subjects: Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 | Public Utility Commission of Texas | Public Utility Regulatory Act | Telecommunications infrastructure | Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund | Telephone service |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 t235
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [487 pages  File size: 17,803 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Monitor the implementation of the provisions of HB 2128, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, the telecommunications bill, including: assessing its effectiveness in increasing competition in the local exchange market; determining the extent to which local exchange companies have increased their investment in the telecommunications infrastructure in Texas and identify which areas of the state, if any, have not fully benefitted from such investments.
Committee: Senate Finance
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim committee report of the Senate Finance Committee to the 75th Legislature.
Subjects: Child care | Computer networks | Data management | Federal funds | Federal government | Higher education | Higher education affordability | Information Resources, Texas Department of | Medicaid | State budgets | Telecommunications infrastructure | Tuition | University budgets | University finance | Welfare | Welfare reform |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 f49f
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [272 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To evaluate the impact on Texas government finance resulting from proposed changes in federal funding mechanisms and to make recommendations to implement changed funding mechanisms.
2. To monitor implementation of tuition and student use fee increases, HB 815, 74th Legislature, Regular Session and HB 1792, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, by higher education institutions. The Committee shall issue a report identifying the impacts and uses of tuition and student use fee increases.
3. To evaluate use of emerging telecommunication infrastructure for efficiencies in collection and disbursement of state funds and to evaluate the impact of technology and its effect on the demand for state appropriations.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on State Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1996 : a report to the Texas House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Base realignment and closure | Electric utility deregulation | Hospital districts | Military bases | Public Utility Regulatory Act | Telecommunications infrastructure | Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund | Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board | Telephone deregulation |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 st29
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [89 pages  File size: 4,029 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the structure and governance of hospital districts in light of changes in funding, federal legislation and changes in methods of delivering health care services.
2. Study the feasibility of establishing an entity with specific responsibilities for preventing the downsizing or closure of Texas military bases.
3. Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including HB 2128, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, SB 373, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board and the implementation of assessments on the state's cellular and wireless telecommunications industries.

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