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8 Document(s) [ Subject: Zoning ]

Committee: House Land and Resource Management
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Coastal erosion | Coastal protection | Coastal restoration | Emergency management | Eminent domain | Extraterritorial jurisdiction | General Land Office | Gulf Coast | Municipal annexation | Natural disasters | School Land Board | Zoning |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 L229
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [103 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study state preparedness and response to natural disasters including but not limited to: an evaluation of risks to the state, emergency planning efforts, first response efforts, coordination between the General Land Office, the State Emergency Operation Center, and other state, local, and federal resources. Make appropriate recommendations to ensure Texas has the proper programs, resources, and personnel in place to respond to natural disasters.
2. Examine the rate of erosion along Texas's coast and the effects of coastal erosion on public beaches, natural resources, coastal development, public infrastructure, and public and private property. Analyze current programs related to coastal erosion and examine their effectiveness. Make appropriate recommendations.
3. Study the effectiveness of the implementation of SB 695 (84R) and examine the feasibility and desirability of creating and maintaining a coastal barrier system.
4. Examine current regulatory authority available to municipalities in their extraterritorial jurisdiction. Study current annexation policies in Texas. Make necessary legislative recommendations to ensure a proper balance between development, municipal regulations, and the needs of citizens in Texas.
5. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementing of relevant legislation passed by the 84th Legislature, and specifically: 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 Land and Resource Management
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Coastal protection | Extraterritorial jurisdiction | General Land Office | Municipal annexation | Municipalities | Population growth | School Land Board | Tropical storms | Zoning |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 L229
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [66 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine population growth in Texas cities and the impact the growth has had on housing, available land resources, city centers, businesses, and the state's economy. Evaluate Texas's preparedness to respond to future growth and ensure economic stability. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Urban Affairs)
2. Study the effectiveness of the implementation of HB 3459 (83R) and examine the feasibility and desirability of creating and maintaining a coastal barrier system.
3. Study current regulatory authority available to municipalities in their extraterritorial jurisdiction. Examine how citizens are involved in the zoning process, and make necessary recommendations to ensure a proper balance between development activities, municipal regulations, and the effect zoning decisions have on Texas citizens.
4. Examine opportunities to improve the resiliency of the Texas coast to withstand tropical storms. Study strategies to incentivize and encourage hazard mitigation, and consider the current state of building codes and how they might more effectively protect property and reduce losses. Examine the proper role of insurance in protecting the Texas coast. Coordinate as necessary with the joint interim committee created by HB 3459 (83R). (Joint charge with the House Committee on Insurance)
5. 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: Senate State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Consumer credit | Eminent domain | Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 | Employees Retirement System of Texas | Federal government | Firefighters | Forest Service, Texas A&M | Health insurance | Health insurance exchanges | Liability | Medicaid | Military personnel | Municipalities | Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act | Peace officers | Primary elections | Property rights | Public retirement systems | Public Safety, Texas Department of | State employee benefits | State employee turnover | States' rights | Statutes of limitation | Teacher Retirement System of Texas | Voting by mail | Voting systems | Wildfires | Workers' compensation | Zoning |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 St29a
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [177 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the policies and actions the State can pursue to preserve state authority and protect Texas citizens from federal overreach in the form of conditional federal grants, conditional federal preemption, and excessive legislation and regulation interfering with states' enumerated powers by Congress.
2. Examine the Texas Workers' Compensation system and make recommendations for changes to meet the needs of Texas employers and employees. Specifically, review the following:
  • the dispute resolution process and benefits available from employers that do not subscribe to workers compensation;
  • the adequacy of income benefits in the workers’ compensation system, specifically on high?wage earners receiving the maximum compensation rate;
  • identify and report on fatalities in the Workers’ Compensation System, including the amount of death and burial benefits paid to beneficiaries and the Subsequent Injury Fund since 2000;
  • the return-­to-­work numbers and results for injured employees in the Workers’ Compensation System that are referred to the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.
3. Study the feasibility and fiscal impact to consumers of altering the insurance code to allow for the purchase of health insurance across state lines.
4. Monitor the potential impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on insurance regulations, Medicaid and CHIP, health care outcomes and overall health of all Texans, and the state budget in Texas. Additionally, monitor the current constitutional challenges to PPACA and other court cases associated with PPACA, and ensure that the state does not expend any resources until judicial direction is clear. (Joint charge with Senate Health & Human Services Committee)
5. Study and make recommendations on statutory provisions and judicial decisions relating to the statute of limitations on a cause of action relating to consumer debt.
6. Examine establishing a workforce retention program or deferred retirement option plan (DROP) for Texas Department of Public Safety commissioned peace officers and whether any plan can be built with actuarially sustainable factors while meeting the needs of officers.
7. Examine the feasibility of implementing Health Reimbursement Accounts and Medicare exchanges for Medicare eligible participants currently covered by and receiving health coverage through the Employees Retirement System, the Teachers Retirement System, the University of Texas, and Texas A&M University. Identify any cost savings to the state and to retirees that would occur under such a plan.
8. Consider the costs and benefits of the creation of liability protection for private companies and individuals when commissioned by the Texas Forest Service to assist in fighting a fire that is not on the company's or individual's own land. Examine whether state policy should prohibit an employer from terminating an employee who is a volunteer firefighter on the grounds that the employee missed work because the employee was responding to an emergency. Identify any appropriate limitations that should apply to such a policy.
9. Examine the effectiveness of the Private Real Property Rights Preservation Act (Chapter 2007, Government Code), and whether it should apply to municipalities.
10. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on State Affairs, 82nd Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following:
  • implementation of SB 100, relating to the implementation of the MOVE Act, and the impact on local and statewide elections and military voters;
  • implementation of the Interstate Health Care Compact.
Committee: Senate Intergovernmental Relations
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 82nd Texas Legislature / Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations.
Subjects: Comptroller of Public Accounts campaigns and elections | County government | Emergency services districts | Extraterritorial jurisdiction | Homeowners' associations | Hospitals | Housing and Community Affairs, Texas Department of | Land use regulations | Local government consolidation | Municipal annexation | Municipal government | Municipal utility districts | Open government | Physician shortages | Physicians | Property rights | Public improvement districts | Real property | Zoning |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 L786
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [437 pages  File size: 17,266 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study current law governing homeowners associations with respect to ensuring that homeowners are given adequate protections against unfair foreclosures and are given proper channels for redress in case of foreclosure.
2. Monitor the proliferation of municipal utility districts (MUDs) outside the corporate limits or extraterritorial jurisdiction of municipalities and whether increased oversight of these districts by other political subdivisions is needed. Review the process for the creation of municipal utility districts (MUDs) through the template developed during the 81 st Legislative Session, including any changes needed to increase the efficiency and oversight over the creation of proposed districts. Review the process for creating special districts, including whether the creation of a template, similar to the one created for municipal utility districts (MUDs), is feasible and would enable the legislature to more effectively evaluate other proposed special districts during future Sessions.
3. Review the process and costs for local governments to make government information available online. Consider ways to encourage local governments to provide more transparency, including the Comptroller's experience with transparency and her offer to assist local governments, and consider penalties for entities that fail to comply with the online requirement.
4. Assess ways to facilitate property ownership registration to better enable individuals to participate in federal programs and make recommendations to improve processing times to provide improved access to funds.
5. Study the reasons for and the impacts of hospitals directly hiring physicians. Examine practices in other states. Make recommendations, if needed, to permit hospitals to directly hire physicians.
6. Review state and local policies related to development and growth in rural and unincorporated regions of the state with regard to annexation and zoning authority. Focus on impacts to private property rights. Determine the appropriateness of existing extraterritorial jurisdiction authority. Make recommendations regarding possible changes to this authority.
7. Review the types of support state government can provide to assist local government consolidations with county governments. Evaluate budget implications for city and county government consolidations. Research the appropriateness and cost savings of eliminating duplicity between city and county governments in different regions of the state.
8. Review the statutory authority granted to municipal management districts (MMDs) and to emergency service districts (ESDs), the authority of municipalities and counties to create public improvement districts (PIDs). Determine whether the authority granted for each entity is adequate to accomplish the goals of local governments. Assess whether the consolidation of ESDs under one statute would improve uniformity and provision of fire and emergency services through these districts.
9. Monitor the implementation oflegislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations, 81st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
  • Monitor the use of the expanded funds provided by the 81 st Legislature to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
Committee: House Land and Resource Management
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Land and Resource Management, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Building codes | Coastal erosion | Coastal protection | County government | Eminent domain | Highway beautification | Municipal annexation | Municipalities | Real estate development | Zoning |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 l229
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [100 pages  File size: 367 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the ability of counties to provide for appropriate growth and development in unincorporated areas while balancing private property rights.
2. Conduct a survey of cities and towns sufficient to establish a factual basis for the committee's consideration of matters such as annexation, condemnation and development.
3. Study the regulation of billboards placed along highways.
4. Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction. Monitor actions taken under HB 1704, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, SB 710, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, and SB 1690, 76th Legislature, Regular Session.
Committee: House Land and Resource Management
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Land and Resource Management, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1998 : a report to the House of Representatives, 76th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Beaches | Coastal erosion | Coastal protection | County government | Eminent domain | Land use regulations | Municipal annexation | Municipalities | Real estate development | Supreme Court decisions, Texas | Zoning |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 l229
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [190 pages  File size: 9,206 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction.
2. Study the condemnation and eminent domain powers of local governments in light of Schmidt and Westgate decisions of the Supreme Court. Consider whether restrictions should be placed on eminent domain powers used expressly for economic development purposes.
3. Review local and state funding mechanisms to support mitigation of coastal erosion.
4. Actively monitor activities and developments relating to annexation and inter-local agreements in lieu of annexation, including the proceedings of the Senate Interim Committee on Annexation.
5. Evaluate options for state policy regarding county subdivision platting authority in light of the 1995 Elgin bank v. Travis County decision.
6. Monitor the reactions of local governments to the inadvertent repeal of SB 1704, 74th Legislature, Regular Session.
Committee: House Environmental Regulation
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Environmental Regulation, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1994 : a report to the House of Representatives, 74th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Air pollution | Air quality | Environmental permits | Ground level ozone | Nonattainment areas | Racial discrimination | Real estate development | Solid waste disposal | State agency mandated reports | Zoning |
Library Call Number: L1836.73 en89
Session: 73rd R.S. (1993)
Online version: View report [82 pages  File size: 4,772 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the opportunities and impediments to creating special solid waste management districts to provide services to rural communities.
2. Study preventive measures available to state and local governments that can maintain or enhance air quality conditions in those metropolitan areas in Texas presently meeting the national ambient air quality standards.
3. Study the state's requirements for the siting of environmentally sensitive facilities and make recommendations to address associated land use compatibility concerns.
4. Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including a study of mandated reports to the legislature and legislative agencies. The study should consist of a review of the legislative reporting requirements of all agencies to identify areas where reporting obligations could be streamlined and agency accountability improved. The committee shall make specific recommendations about the continuation, modification or elimination of required legislative reports.
Committee: House Liquor Regulation
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, Seventy second Legislature : report of the Committee on Liquor Regulation, Texas House of Representatives, Seventy first Legislature.
Subjects: Alcohol laws and regulations | Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Texas | Bingo | Houston, Texas | Military bases | Supreme Court decisions, U.S. | Zoning |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 l669
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View report [59 pages  File size: 3,598 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 22.
2. To study the feasibility of requiring military installations to purchase liquor from state distributors, in light of the recent US Supreme Court decision to hear arguments in this case.
3. To study the transition of bingo regulation administration to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
4. To study the problems of cantinas and pubs in areas without zoning laws and what impact they have on neighborhoods.

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