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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 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: House Technology
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Business climate | Cellular telephones | e-government | Electronic security | High tech industry | Identity theft | Information Resources, Texas Department of | Internet | Patents | State government contracts | Traffic safety | Transportation, Texas Department of | Video games | Wireless Internet |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 T227
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [113 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the current laws, rules, and processes in place for the Department of Information Resources's Cooperative Contracts and recommend improvements to the 84th Legislature. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Government Efficiency and Reform)
2. Examine the public's accessibility to government services and agencies through the use of mobile applications and online services. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Government Efficiency and Reform)
3. Study the feasibility of an integrated identity management program (IIMP) for state agencies. Examine best practices in the deployment of technology to safeguard state data and programs, limit fraudulent or unauthorized access to state hardware and software, and develop a secure state digital infrastructure. Determine potential savings to the state and make further recommendations on the implementation of IIMP that encompass both logical and physical security.
4. Study whether abuses in the patent system interfere with the goal of expanded opportunity and innovation for Texas businesses and whether actions by the state can address any such abuses.
5. Evaluate Texas's competitiveness with other states in recruiting and cultivating the software industry, including entertainment software; fostering economic development; and creating potential new jobs. Examine current incentives and regulations and whether these assist or hinder the expansion of the entertainment software industry in Texas.
6. Review state regulatory and tax policy to ensure that investment in technology infrastructure, goods, and services is unfettered and that Texas is able to capitalize on innovation to fuel additional job growth, business expansion, and investment. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Ways and Means)
7. Monitor and review the efforts of the Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Texas Technology Task Force (TTTF). The TTTF shall study emerging transportation, communication, and computing technologies and determine physical infrastructure and system components that TxDOT or other state departments would need to provide to enable selected technologies. The task is to be completed by TTTF as directed by SB 1 (83R), item 44, Article VII-31. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Transportation)
8. 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 Technology
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: 911 emergency telephone service | Broadband technology | High tech industry | Information Resources, Texas Department of | Personnel management | Privatization | Rural areas | Social networking websites | Texas Emerging Technology Fund | Universal Service Fund | Workforce | Workforce Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 T227
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [41 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine ways to create incentives for technology companies to come to Texas, including the feasibility of public-private partnerships. The study should include the economic impact of the high-tech industry in Texas and the state's ability to compete with other states for high-tech jobs. Examine the state's current areas of differentiated technology research and development and recommend strategies to capitalize on that intellectual property and commercialization. Include strategies to attract Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding to Texas.
2. Examine the benefits and financial costs associated with modernizing 911 call centers with the newest technology to connect dispatchers with callers using mobile means of communication in the fastest and most accurate manner possible during a time of emergency.
3. Study the impact of federal broadband expansion programs on rural areas. Coordinate this review with the Public Utility Commission's evaluation of the state Texas Universal Service Fund and the Federal Communications Commission's national broadband plan.
4. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 82nd Legislature.
5. Examine human resource policies of state agencies that would integrate the implementation of social media to strengthen the state's workforce.
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: House Higher Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Higher Education, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Legislature.
Subjects: Automatic admissions | College preparedness | Computer science education | Cultural diversity | Engineering education | Flagship universities | High tech industry | Higher education | Minority students | Technology education | University budgets | University finance | University graduates | University graduation rates | University research | University students |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 ed84h
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [139 pages  File size: 3,909 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review models and discuss methods for strengthening partnerships between higher education, public education and the private sector to better prepare students enrolling in post-secondary education and to improve college-level retention and graduation rates.
2. Evaluate the satisfaction of professional and graduate school programs, the business community and general public with the preparation level of college graduates to determine what changes are needed in course offerings and preparation levels.
3. Study trends in funding sources, including tuition, fees and appropriations, and expenses, including salaries, inflation and institution-specific costs to determine if institutions have the necessary resources to achieve their mission.
4. Evaluate the need for additional flagship and research institutions to determine necessary changes in the governance structure of higher education systems and institutions.
5. Monitor the impact of HB 588, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, in increasing the diversity of students in college and the performance level of students admitted under the top 10 percent plan. Evaluate ways to increase the diversity of students in graduate-level and professional-degree programs.
6. Conduct active oversight of the agencies and institutions under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Science and Technology
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 73rd Legislature : Committee on Science and Technology interim report, 1992.
Subjects: Databases | Distance education | High tech industry | High technology | Technology education | Technology transfer and commercialization | University research |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 sc89
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [62 pages  File size: 2,803 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 Committee on Science and Technology; 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 31. A. Monitor and oversee documentation 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 application of advanced technology in the state's school system, and more specifically, study the educational impact that the experimental Schoolink Project has had on the state and opportunities and requirements for its expansion.
4. Study options and opportunities to transfer technology developed by state employees. The study should address intellectual property ownership; licensing; equity ownership in spin-off ventures; royalty collection and disbursement; employee rewards; rights and incentives; and transfer priorities to Texas agencies, federal agencies, and other state's hardware/software systems; and other inventions.
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.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Business, Technology and Education, Special
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Fostering emerging technologies in Texas / Advisory Committee to the Texas Senate Committee on Business, Technology and Education.
Library Call Number: L1836.68 b965i
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View document [145 pages  File size: 3,499 kb]
Committee: Senate Business, Technology and Education, Special
Title: SR 3, 1st Called Session
Library Call Number: SR 3
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View document [3 pages  File size: 528 kb]

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