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Committee: House Homeland Security and Public Safety
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Criminal records | Emergency management | Governor's Division of Emergency Management | Motor vehicle emissions tests | Motor vehicle registration | Natural disasters | Public information | Public Safety, Texas Department of | Semi-trailer trucks | Truck drivers | Truck inspection stations | Trucking | Vehicle safety inspections |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 P96H
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [108 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the functions of the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the state's natural disaster preparedness planning efforts to determine their effectiveness at addressing a growing range of threats. Identify best practices to ensure coordination between municipalities, counties, and state agencies.
2. Review the current penalties for operating a commercial motor vehicle that is in violation of state or federal safety standards. Evaluate the role of state and local law enforcement agencies in enforcing commercial motor vehicle standards, and make recommendations to ensure the safety of the traveling public.
3. Monitor the implementation of the "two steps, one sticker" program as it relates to passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, light duty trailers, and other vehicles. Recommend measures to ensure an efficient transition to this system and improve the ease of use for consumers.
4. Review the process of dissemination by public entities of criminal records containing incomplete or inaccurate information, assess options for the subjects of such records to correct the misinformation specifically as it interferes with their ability to obtain employment, and determine the need for greater regulations over this process. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Government Transparency & Operation)
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 84th Legislature, including legislation that expanded the ability to carry handguns openly and on the campuses of institutions of higher education and legislation that allows for the compassionate use of certain medically prescribed oils for intractable disorders. 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 Transportation
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Driver Responsibility Program | Eminent domain | Highway finance | Panama Canal | Ports | Regional mobility authorities | Semi-trailer trucks | State government debt | Sunset review process | Texas Mobility Fund | Toll roads | Transportation planning | Transportation, Texas Department of | Truck inspection stations | Trucking | Vehicle safety inspections |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 T685
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [61 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. TxDOT Funding: Monitor any new and anticipated revenue appropriated to the Texas Department of Transportation and make recommendations that address project prioritization and selection, effectiveness of staffing levels and project delivery methods.
2. Vehicle Inspection System: Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the state's Vehicle Inspection Program. Make recommendations on how to compress or otherwise reduce the number of required inspections.
3. Regional Mobility Authorities: Review State Highway Fund grants and loans to Regional Mobility Authorities (RMA) and make recommendations if additional oversight procedures are needed to ensure the RMA’s expenditures are a valid and accountable use of State Highway Funds.
4. Panama Canal: Study the demand placed on the state’s ports, roadways and railways resulting from the Panama Canal expansion and make recommendations to ensure transportation infrastructure is adequate to accommodate increases in imports and exports.
5. Driver Responsibility Program: Evaluate the necessity of the Driver Responsibility Program and make recommendations for alternative methods of achieving the programs objectives.
6. Oversize/Overweight Vehicle Regulations, Penalties and Fines: Review current state and federal regulations, penalties and fines related to oversize and overweight vehicles and make recommendations to minimize impacts on the state's roadways and bridges.
7. Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Transportation during the 84th Legislature, Regular Session and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following: 1) Progress of the Texas Department of Transportation's efforts to propose a plan to eliminate toll roads; 2) Removing eminent domain authority from private toll corporations; 3) Ending the issuing of any new debt from the Texas Mobility Fund (TMF) and prohibiting future use of the TMF on toll projects; and 4) The Sunset Advisory Commission's review of the Texas Department of Transportation.
Committee: House Transportation
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Amtrak | County government | Freight | Gulf Intracoastal Waterway | Highway finance | Highway maintenance | Highway planning | Highways | Light rail transit systems | Mass transit | Motor vehicle registration | Motor Vehicles, Texas Department of | Municipalities | Natural gas fields | Panama Canal | Ports | Railroads | Rural areas | Semi-trailer trucks | Tax increment reinvestment zones | Traffic | Traffic safety | Transportation planning | Transportation, Texas Department of | Vehicle safety inspections |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 T687
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [0 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate actions by state agencies under the committee's jurisdiction to increase transparency, accountability, and efficiency. Consider the cost-saving outsourcing of technologies and recently developed practices, such as the conversion of roadways, used by the Department of Transportation designed to demonstrate savings. Identify and make recommendations on the credibility and effectiveness of these goals.
2. Monitor the usage of state funds by the Texas Department of Transportation for improving road quality in areas impacted by Energy Sector activities.
3. Evaluate the status of Texas's port system, including a review of the structure and operations of the Maritime Division of the Texas Department of Transportation.
4. Evaluate the status of passenger and freight rail in Texas, including a review of the structure and operations of the Rail Division of the Texas Department of Transportation.
5. Review the state of our current transportation infrastructure outside of the five most populous areas. Explore future needs of our infrastructure and make recommendations to ensure long-range sufficiency.
6. Monitor the implementation of the "Turn-Back Program" by the Texas Department of Transportation, specifically its fiscal impact to municipalities and taxpayers.
7. Examine county authority to utilize tax increment financing and transportation reinvestment zones to fund transportation projects.
8. 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 Technology)
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 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 Environmental Regulation
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Air pollution control technology | Air quality | Clean Air Act | Environmental permits | Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. | Industrial air pollution | Low-Income Vehicle Repair Assistance Program | Motor vehicle emissions tests | Motor vehicle pollution | Texas Emissions Reduction Plan | Vehicle safety inspections |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 En89
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [54 pages  File size: 6,595 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Work to create and maintain a market-based approach to the application and implementation of Green Chemistry initiatives for the State of Texas.
2. Evaluate capabilities at public and private universities relating to the potential formation of dedicated Green Chemistry programs.
3. Collaborate with businesses to identify current Green Chemistry efforts that are already taking place, as well as what the incentives and disincentives are for businesses to make this shift. Examine and identify the environmental and economic benefits of promoting Green Chemistry initiatives.
4. Examine funding options for a statewide Green Chemistry initiative.
5. Work with various state agencies such as the General Land Office, the Railroad Commission of Texas, and the Department of Agriculture in order to facilitate the promotion of Green Chemistry practices.
6. Examine the obstacles that must be overcome for Green Chemistry to be effective; identify solutions to such obstacles.
7. Study the Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan (SIP) to determine if:
  • Data is being collected adequately
  • Recent changes to the SIP are brining Texas closer to the federal Environmental Protection Agency requirements; and
  • There are any midcourse corrections necessary to achieve EPA requirements.
As background, examine and document the trend in levels of air quality in Texas since 1980.
8. Examine the progress of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, the Low-Income Vehicle Repair Assistance, Retrofit, and Accelerated Vehicle Retirement Program and the Texas Environmental Research Consortium.
9. Study the air permitting process to examine, define, or interpret the following:
  • The role of public input in the standard air permitting process;
  • The requirements and interpretation of what constitutes Best Available Control Technology;
  • The requirements for monitoring ambient air in the beginning stages of the permitting process;
  • The requirements for modeling future air pollution in the event that the proposed plant is constructed;
  • The issue of the cumulative impact of different air pollution sources;
  • The use of permits-by-rule and flexible permits in some cases; and
  • The requirements for permit renewals and the process for granting or denying permit renewals.
10. Examine the penalties and sanctions imposed on vehicle inspection and emissions testing facilities.
11. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Environmental Regulation
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Environmental Regulation, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Air quality | Border environment | Drinking water | Hazardous substances | Homeland security | Motor vehicle emissions tests | Motor vehicle registration | Radioactive waste | Solid waste disposal | Terrorism | Texas Emissions Reduction Plan | Vehicle safety inspections |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 en89
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [82 pages  File size: 1,926 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine problems related to lost and stolen radioactive material, including sources abandoned downhole in drilling operations.
2. Study the production, transportation, use and disposal of hazardous and radioactive materials that could be used in terrorist actions. Review the management and security of public drinking water systems. Review government regulations and business practices to determine whether legislation is needed to protect life and property and to detect, interdict and respond to acts of terrorism.
3. Identify and prioritize environmental issues on the Texas-Mexico border, including air quality and solid waste.
4. Examine the progress of programs related to vehicle inspection and maintenance and low-income repair assistance.
5. Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction, including specifically, implementation of HB 2912, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission Sunset Legislation, and SB 5, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, to ensure compliance with federal Clean Air Act standards and deadlines.
Committee: House Public Safety
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Public Safety, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Driver licenses | Highways - safety | Motor vehicle records | One call to dig program | Pipeline safety | Privacy | Public Safety, Texas Department of | Semi-trailer trucks | Social Security numbers | Truck inspection stations | Vehicle safety inspections |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 p96h
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [32 pages  File size: 1,199 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study all issues surrounding the use of social security numbers to obtain a driver's license. The study should consider federal law and rules as well as issues related privacy and identity theft.
2. Review the manner in which driver's license information, including arrests, convictions and other personal information, is made available for public safety and commercial purposes. The review should consider the parties who may obtain such information, the security of information, and the extent to which the system meets the needs of requesting parties.
3. Evaluate the need for county or municipal law enforcement officers to conduct motor carrier safety inspections.
4. Review the "One Call to Dig" program to determine how well it is working.
5. Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Final report on interim charges / House Committee on State Affairs, 68th Legislature.
Subjects: Biofuels | Duck hunting | Hunting | Lead contamination | Property tax exemptions | Records management | Rights of way | State agencies | State agency performance measures | State buildings | State government debt | Telephone service | Vehicle safety inspections | Wine and wine industry |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 st29
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [128 pages  File size: 3,653 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 29.
2. To study telecommunications needs for the state and its agency network in cooperation with other special legislative and statutory committees.
3. To study the feasibility of combining branch offices of legislators and/or state agencies in cities and towns.
4. To study the elimination of the state vehicle inspection requirements.
5. To study the quality control requirements for gas purchased at the gas pump, specifically gasohol.
6. To study the feasibility of leasing excess rights of way for additional state income.
7. In cooperation with the House Committee on Liquor Regulations, study wine production and associated grape cultivation in Texas.
8. To examine the issuance of general obligation bonds to finance major projects in Texas.
9. To study the management practices of state agencies.
10. To study the merits of eliminating the use of legal-size forms and other papers in state government, and additionally conduct a comprehensive study of the management of all state records and historical documents within the committee's jurisdiction.
11. To study enforcement of the prohibition on aliens and corporations receiving open-space valuation for agricultural land taxation.
12. In cooperation with the House Committee on Environmental Affairs, study the relevance of alternative forms of ammunition for use in the hunting of waterfowl in Texas; consider the comparative advantages and disadvantages of steel and lead shot, being attentive to the need for effective conservation of Texas wildlife.
Committee: House Commercial Motor Vehicles Investigation
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of Investigating Committee appointed pursuant to House Simple Resolution no. 14
Subjects: Railroad Commission of Texas | Semi-trailer trucks | Vehicle safety inspections |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 44th Leg., 1st C.S. 495 (1935)
Session: 44th R.S. (1935)
Online version: View report [7 pages  File size: 344 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Investigate thoroughly the alleged actions of state and local officials in arresting, detaining and impounding commercial motor vehicles as above alleged.

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