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9 Document(s) [ Subject: Councils of government ]

Committee: House Homeland Security and Public Safety
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Agricultural chemicals | Border security | Councils of government | Driver licenses | Driver Responsibility Program | Driving while intoxicated | Emergency management | Explosions | Hazardous substances | Public Safety, Texas Department of | Traffic violations | West, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 P96H
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [61 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Assess the level of preparedness among critical infrastructure entities, state and local emergency planning organizations, first response efforts, and overall coordination of jurisdictions across the state. Include a review of the state's role in preparing, resourcing, and coordinating with local emergency response, specifically in rural areas or areas that depend largely on volunteer response efforts.
2. Investigate the fatal explosion in West, Texas, in April 2013, for deficiencies in safety, risk management, and disaster planning by chemical facilities and state entities. Determine if any changes should be made to existing laws and rules relating to inspection, investigation, and enforcement, and make specific recommendations on how to reduce the likelihood for damage, injury, or death.
3. Evaluate state and local entities' effectiveness in meeting the state's border and homeland security program goals and objectives.
4. Review the Driver Responsibility Program and consider methods for overall improvement of the program.
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: House County Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Abandoned property | Alternatives to incarceration | Councils of government | County budgets | County government | County jails | County roads | Jail Standards, Texas Commission on | Medicaid |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 C832
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [13 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study county-related issues arising from population growth in unincorporated areas with regard to existing and new developments and the provision of services, including garbage disposal, fire protection, road maintenance, electricity, and water and wastewater service. Make necessary legislative recommendations for improving problems in these areas of the state.
2. Study opportunities for cost savings through the abolishment of certain elected offices or the consolidation of county services.
3. Conduct a general study of issues facing county jails. The study should include innovative ways to address overcrowding, the impact homelessness has on the county jail population, and recommendations for handling inmates undergoing detoxification and withdrawal from drugs and alcohol.
4. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 82nd Legislature.
Committee: Senate Intergovernmental Relations
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report, 77th Legislature / Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations.
Subjects: Affordable housing | Building codes | Competitive bidding | Councils of government | County government | Criminal Justice, Texas Department of | Design/build process | Housing and Community Affairs, Texas Department of | Municipal annexation | Municipalities | Real estate development | State government contracts | Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation | Transportation, Texas Department of |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 l786
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [262 pages  File size: 7,243 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate the potential benefits offered through the "design-build" form of bidding, which allows engineers, architects, and builders to form teams and bid on state projects in contrast to the current method which mandates that each entity bid separately. The Committee shall compare the State of Texas practices to other states and to the private sector and evaluate the "design-build" option as it relates to buildings, roads, and other publicly funded projects.
2. Study the funding and expenditures of Councils of Government (COGs) and examine the changing relationship between COGs and the state and federal governments since 1982. The Committee shall monitor the compliance by COGS regarding publication of financial statements, as referenced in the General Appropriations Bill, HB 1, 76th Legislature, Regular Session.
3. Review the statutory authority granted to local governments to regulate the development of residential subdivisions. The Committee shall identify conflicting provisions and make recommendations to clarify existing statutes.
4. Monitor the implementation of SB 89, 76th Legislature, Regular Session relating to municipal annexation.
5. Examine the powers, functions and programs administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) and the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC). The committee's report will assess the methodology used in allocating the various housing funds and resources, including the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program and the Housing Trust Fund, and the compliance by the agency with that methodology, and address whether the programs administered by TDHCA and the TSAHC meet the affordable housing demands of targeted population groups throughout the State of Texas.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on State Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1998 : a report to the House of Representatives, 76th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Alternative energy | Automobiles | Biotechnology industry | Business taxes | Campaign contributors | Campaign finance reform | Campaign funds | Cloning | Councils of government | Electric utility deregulation | Ethics | Genetic research | Long distance telephone service | Privacy | Public Utility Commission of Texas | Public Utility Regulatory Act | Soft money | State agencies | State taxes | Telephone deregulation | Telephone service |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 st29h
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [119 pages  File size: 6,856 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine and evaluate the role of financial contributions in campaigns for election to state offices. Identify practices or trends that may be detrimental to the public good and study ways to eliminate or reverse those trends. (Joint with the House Committee on Elections)
2. Study the threats to personal privacy due to technological advances in the capacity to store data and the increasing use of electronic transaction in government, business, and everyday life. Examine the uses made of such information by governments and commercial enterprises, and the potential for abuse. Assess legislative options.
3. Review conditions in the telecommunications industry. Examine changes that have occurred since the passage of HB 2128, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, and compare current conditions to expectations at the time of passage. Assess the need for revisions to keep the transition to competition on track.
4. Inventory the kinds of public-private arrangements that currently exist in Texas government, and examine any new ethical or accountability issues that arise when the state relies on private entities in non-traditional ways.
5. Study the legal, social, and economic issues likely to arise because of developments in the fields of genetics and bioethics. Such issues may include those related to altered foodstuffs, cloning, reproduction, eugenics, and genetic testing.
6. Examine whether Regional Planning Commissions (COG's) have fulfilled the purposes for which they were established originally, and whether their functions or enabling legislation requires change.
7. Examine the feasibility of combining agency automobile fleets into a pooled fleet that could be centrally administered to obtain efficiencies of operation.
8. Assess the state and local tax impacts of possible changes in the structure of the electric power industry.
Committee: House Appropriations
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Appropriations Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1996 : a report to the House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Computers and government | Councils of government | Databases | Overtime pay | State agencies | State agency performance measures | State employee salaries | State employees | University employee salaries | University faculty | Year 2000 computer problem |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 ap65
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [110 pages  File size: 4,996 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Conduct a review of performance-based budgeting and strategic planning, as currently implemented. Review the original goals and theories supporting these processes and assess the extent to which goals have been attained. Develop performance measures to assess future success of the planning and budgeting processes.
2. Review the overall salary and benefit levels of state employees and assess how they compare with the private sector.
3. Review special issues related to state compensation, including merit pay; salary increases for exempt employees; the achievement bonus program; severance pay and "golden parachutes;" non-monetary emoluments such as housing or personal services; and parity in compensation for similar work performed at different agencies.
4. Review the state's means for overseeing the planning and implementation for major information systems by state agencies and institutions. Include a history of the state's efforts to accomplish such oversight. Review major projects that have not met goals, including timeliness and budgets.
5. Review the efficiency of funding numerous local programs through Councils of Governments or other similar intermediary organizations. The Committee should consider the accountability of the state, regional and local entities for funds used for such programs.
Committee: House Regions, Compacts, and Districts
Title: Interim Report - Regional Councils of Government
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts to the 67th Texas Legislature : report / of the Subcommittee on Regional Councils of Government.
Subjects: Councils of government |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 r263c
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [32 pages  File size: 919 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study regional councils of government, examining funding mechanisms, memberships of boards, coordination of grant proposals and the effects of previously prepared studies and suggested legislation.
Committee: House Intergovernmental Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 66th Legislature : report of the / Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, Texas House of Representatives, 65th Legislature.
Subjects: Community Affairs, Texas Department of | Councils of government | Counties | County government | Land use regulations | Municipal annexation | Municipalities | Public retirement systems | Real estate development | Social Security | Urban sprawl |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 in8a
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [90 pages  File size: 2,452 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Oversight responsibility of agency expenditures and related transactions. This function shall encompass a review and monitoring of all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this Committee for appropriative purposes during the 65th Regular Session of the Legislature, to wit: Department of Community Affairs.
2. A study of urban development in general, to include urban sprawl and its effect; annexation policies of cities and the problems and effects caused thereby; and the emerging administrative problems of urban areas, including methods of financing improvements and urban blight and renovation.
3. A study local government structures, including powers and resources and demands thereupon with recommendations as to any necessary legislative action to provide flexibility and uniformity of operation.
4. A study of intra-state regions and special districts to include a report on the trends towards metropolitan area governments, and recommendations as to any necessary legislative action to control or redirect the direction of regional councils of government.
5. A study of the methodology, effect of and financial ramifications of the State electing to withdraw participation in the social security system of state employees.
Committee: House Intergovernmental Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report : sixty-fifth legislative session / Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, Texas House of Representatives.
Subjects: Councils of government | Indigent health care | Organized labor | Public retirement systems | State employees |
Library Call Number: L1836.64 in8
Session: 64th R.S. (1975)
Online version: View report [38 pages  File size: 1,541 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study whether is would be beneficial to the citizens of Texas to grant collective bargaining rights to public employee. *
2. Review the purpose and functions of the Councils of Governments. *
3. Study the problem of providing hospital care for non-resident indigents in Texas county hospital districts. *
4. Study the Firemen's and Policemen's Civil Service and Pension Systems. *
Supporting documents
Committee: House Intergovernmental Affairs
Title: Background information for interim committee report.
Library Catalog Title: Background information for interim committee report / House of Representatives, Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs.
Library Call Number: L1836.64 in8b
Session: 64th R.S. (1975)

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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