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Committee: House Border and Intergovernmental Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Border and Intergovernmental Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2010 : a report to the House of Representatives, 82nd Texas Legislature
Subjects: Border economy | Border security | Colonias | Drug trafficking | Drug-related crimes | Economic development | Food safety |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 B644h
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [32 pages  File size: 732 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate the effectiveness of state operations at controlling drug-related crimes and other violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Public Safety
2. Identify any gaps in Texas laws that may prevent coordinated efforts, both statewide and on the border, to ensure a safe food supply. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Public Health
3. Examine current state laws and regulations aimed at improving economic development in the state and determine their impact on communities along the Texas-Mexico border. Identify any changes that would improve economic development results along the Texas-Mexico border.
4. Analyze state laws and regulations and the efforts of the multiple state entities responsible for addressing the needs of Texas residents in colonias. Determine the effectiveness of such programs and suggest improvements.
5. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
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
Subjects: Border economy | Border security | Colonias | Drug trafficking | Extraterritorial jurisdiction | Health care providers | Human trafficking | Rural economic development | Substandard housing | Undocumented immigrants |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 In9
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [127 pages  File size: 4,048 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review state and local policies relating to development and growth in rural and unincorporated regions of the state. Work with housing advocates, county organizations and appropriate officials to assess the proliferation of substandard housing in rural and unincorporated areas.
2. Determine the appropriateness of and make recommendations on the existing extraterritorial jurisdiction authority currently granted under colonia prevention measures along the border region.
3. Develop recommendations to better provide Border and rural communities access to state and federal resources. Review the programs established by different states and recommend initiatives that Texas can enact to increase the competitiveness of these communities, engender critical development, provide affordable housing, identify community assets, retain/create wealth and create regional jobs. Study and make recommendations to expand business opportunities in international markets for businesses located in economically distressed areas, including rural and Border areas.
4. Study the state's current and long-range need for physicians, dentists, nurses, and other allied health and long-term care professionals. Make recommendations to recruit high-need professions, especially for primary care providers and long-term care professionals in the Border region of Texas. (Joint charge with the Senate Health and Human Services Committee)
5. Study and make recommendations to stem the tide of illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and human smuggling, and to reduce the criminal activities within the Border region. (Joint charge with Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security)
6. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the International Relations and Trade Committee, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
Committee: House Border and International Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Border and International Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2004 : a report to the House of Representatives, 79th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Border economy | Border education | Border health | Border issues | Border transportation | Consumer credit | Higher education | Job training programs | Mexico | Subprime lending | U.S. - Mexico Water Treaty of 1944 |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 B644h
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [81 pages  File size: 4,001 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Identify specific areas of government effort that are lacking in coordination and develop strategies to improve communications between agencies of state government, the state and the federal government and between the Texas and Mexico governments.
2. Assess the feasibility of collaborative scientific and technological research projects between Texas and Mexico universities.
3. Identify areas of health care need that specifically affect the border region or that disproportionately affect the border region, and develop strategies to improve conditions and reduce demand on the health care system.
4. Monitor the dispute on Mexico's water debt. Explore ways to continue planning cooperation of sister cities for water and waste water.
5. Assess job training and retraining efforts in border areas and identify needs and solutions specific to this region of the state.
6. Study the issues relating to lending practices on the border, including the prevalence of subprime and predatory lending along the border.
7. Review and study all existing legislation affecting the development of transportation infrastructure in areas adjacent to the Texas-Mexico border. Study international trade issues as they relate to transportation, the adequacy of existing infrastructure to facilitate international traffic related to trade, the potential for development of inter-modal hubs and other mixed use facilities which promote more efficient trade and economic development, and the opportunities for contracting with Mexico or any of the Mexican states for joint development of transportation infrastructure. (Joint interim charge with House Transportation Committee.)
8. Monitor agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Business and Commerce Subcommittee on Border Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 78th Legislature / Senate Business and Commerce, Subcommittee on Border Affairs.
Subjects: Border economy | Border issues | Job training programs |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 b644
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [89 pages  File size: 1,899 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The Subcommittee shall identify unique challenges facing the Texas-Mexico Border region and determine strategic economic development initiatives to assist the region in overcoming the identified challenges. The Subcommittee shall recommend initiatives to improve trade and tourism that create a sound foundation for economic development and determine the amount of funding necessary to implement the initiatives. The Subcommittee shall determine whether such investments will leverage other significant funds or if funding is unlikely from other sources. The Subcommittee may also make recommendations to facilitate commerce and lessen congestion at ports-of-entry at the Texas-Mexico border.
Committee: House State, Federal and International Relations
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on State, Federal, and International Relations, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Base realignment and closure | Border economy | Border issues | Border transit corridors | Cemeteries | Military bases | Museums | Rural areas | Rural issues | Texas Legislative Medal of Honor | Tourism | Veterans | Veterans' health care |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 st30
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [111 pages  File size: 2,483 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the readiness of military installations and communities for possible base closings and realignment. Assess opportunities to attract new military units because of base closings in other states.
2. Review the state of tourism in rural Texas. Consider tourism products that are successful in rural Texas and those that hold the promise of greater success. Collaborate with local officials and state agencies involved in promoting tourism to design strategies for communities and entrepreneurs to increase tourist business.
3. Consult with and monitor state and federal agencies with duties related to commercial and personal traffic across the international border with Mexico. Make suggestions to improve the efficiency of border crossings without compromising security or crime detection operations.
4. Develop options for creating a museum of Texas music and music history.
5. Review the laws and procedures concerning the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to assure that the award will remain an appropriate symbol of extraordinary merit for Texas veterans.
6. Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction, including the state veterans medical facilities and, upon passage, implementation of the state veterans cemetery system.
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.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Border Affairs, Special
Title: Interim Report - Infrastructure/Development proposal
Library Catalog Title: Infrastructure/development proposal.
Library Call Number: L1836.76 b645p
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View document [5 pages  File size: 285 kb]
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: 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 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 Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee on Agriculture and Livestock : to the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 72nd Legislature.
Subjects: African honey bees | Agriculture | Animal diseases | Aquaculture | Border economy | Border environment | Border health | Border transportation | Colonias | Economic development | Exotic species | Fire ants | Food safety | Hazardous substances | Hazardous waste | Insects | International trade | Livestock | Pesticides | Rio Grande River | Rural areas | Rural issues | Solid waste disposal | Truck traffic | Water rights | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 ag83
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View report [59 pages  File size: 3,029 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study the promotion of the exotic livestock industry and potential public necessity of governmental regulation thereof.
2. To study international agriculture (joint study with State, Federal and International Relations Committee).
3. To study exotic pests and their impact on Texas agriculture.
4. To study nutrition education and food safety.
5. To study pesticide disposal.
6. To study agricultural economic diversification and development in rural areas.
7. To study the economic development opportunities of the aquaculture industry and the regulatory responsibilities of the State.
Committee: House State, Federal and International Relations
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee on State, Federal, and International Relations : to the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 72nd Legislature.
Subjects: Agriculture | Border economy | Border environment | Border health | Border issues | Border transportation | Colonias | Drinking water | Federal aid | Federal funds | International trade | Maquiladoras | Water quality management | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 st30
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View report [25 pages  File size: 1,273 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 33.
2. To study the impact of health, environmental immigration and infrastructure improvements on the economy of the Texas-Mexico border area.
3. To study the existing maquiladora programs along the Texas-Mexico border and determine means by which foreign investment and participation can be enhanced.
4. To study the implementation and development of the European state of Texas International Trade Offices and the impact of the European Common Market (Europe 92) on international trade in Texas.
5. To study the implementation and development of the Asian State of Texas International Offices.
6. To study federal allocation of funds in Texas, including defense, research and federal formula programs and the role of the Office of State and Federal Relations.
7. To study international agriculture (joint study with Agriculture and Livestock).
Committee: Joint Border Economic Development Task Force
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Final report and recommendations / Border Economic Development Task Force.
Subjects: Border economy | Border issues | Economic development |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 b644
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [77 pages  File size: 3,484 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Identify major constraints to economic development in the Border region.
2. Based upon existing studies, public perceptions, expert testimony, and other appropriate sources, identify priority economic development issues in the region.
3. Assess the feasibility of successfully impacting factors identified as critical to the growth and prosperity of the Border region.
4. Develop an agenda and implementation schedule of actions with a high probability of contributing to employment expansion, economic diversification, and other activities that will increase economic activity in the Border region.
5. Identify, to the greatest degree practicable, appropriate resources for proposed actions.
6. Assess the major factors shaping the border economy; evaluate the potential for positive change, and recommend ways of addressing priority economic development needs of the region.
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.
Committee: House Intergovernmental Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 68th Legislature : report of the / Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, Texas House of Representatives, 67th Legislature.
Subjects: Border economy | County budgets | County government | Federal government | Firefighters | International trade | Maquiladoras | Police officers | State employees | State Property Tax Board | Tax Assessor Examiners, Board of |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 in8
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [107 pages  File size: 2,913 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 67th Regular Session of the Legislature. In addition, a study should be made of the impact of any federal cuts, and the differences in the operational aspect of the agencies under block vs. categorical grants. Close scrutiny should be given to each agency to ascertain if legislative intent is being carried out in the rules promulgated by the agency and if the rules are feasible and practical in their application. These agencies include: Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations Tax Assessor Examiners State Property Tax Board
2. Examine the concepts and practices of the "twin cities" programs along the border with Mexico to determine the benefit and impact of such programs.
3. Examine the creation and operation of foreign trade zones, their functions, and their effects upon the community. Determine whether their roles should be expanded, and if so, in what manner.
4. Determine the role the state should seek in the "new" systems of Intergovernmental Relations with concentration on block grants, pass throughs, the decline of federal influence and money, and impacts upon local governments.
5. Investigate the current status of civil service in Texas and its impact on public employees.
6. Study the role of county government, its importance, and its financial problems; consider a possible recodification of state laws relating to counties.
Committee: Senate Border Trade and Tourism, Special
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 66th Legislature of the Senate Special Committee on Border Trade and Tourism.
Subjects: Border crossings | Border economy | Border issues |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 b644
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [10 pages  File size: 222 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Continue investigations and studies of undue hindrance of trade and tourism caused by the lack of adequate bridges or other physical facilities along the border and by the lack of sufficient United States customs and immigration laws, by the devaluation of the Mexican Peso and other recent developments that have affected the economy and welfare of the State of Texas, and by the continued increase in the traffic of illegal drugs and aliens along the border, paying special attention that the dignity and integrity of every person as well as the basic rights of individuals guaranteed in both the United States and Texas Constitutions are at all times preserved and respected by all governmental authorities at all levels.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Border Trade and Tourism, Special
Title: Transcripts
Library Catalog Title: Transcripts
Library Call Number: L1836.65 b644m
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Senate Border Trade and Tourism, Special
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 65th Legislature of the Senate Special Committee on Border Trade and Tourism.
Subjects: Border crossings | Border economy | Border Patrol, U.S. | Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. |
Library Call Number: L1836.64 b644
Session: 64th R.S. (1975)
Online version: View report [32 pages  File size: 1,056 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Begin immediately and investigation of the alleged undue hindrance of trade and tourism by the United States Border Patrol, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the United States Bureau of Customs.

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