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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 Ways and Means
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Ways and Means, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2004 : a report to the House of Representatives, 79th Texas Legislature
Subjects: e-commerce | Joint Select Committee on Public School Finance | Sales taxes | Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement | Tax deductions |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 W368
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [13 pages  File size: 44 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the fiscal impact to the state due to interstate sales and monitor Texas' involvement and implementation of the Streamlined Sales Tax Project.
2. Monitor federal tax policy changes that will affect Texas, specifically the permanent elimination of the inheritance tax and the deductability of state sales taxes against federal income tax.
3. Actively support the Select Committee on Public School Finance in their deliberations on developing an alternative system of public school finance.
4. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Ways and Means
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Ways and Means, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: e-commerce | Franchise taxes | Internet | Property taxes | Sales taxes | Special taxing districts | Tax appraisals | Tax credits | Use taxes |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 w368
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [132 pages  File size: 2,006 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the laws and procedures governing appeals of appraised values for property tax purposes. Consider whether a low-cost alternative to district court would be beneficial in disputes involving small amounts of money. Also review the process by which the Comptroller of Public Accounts reviews and adjusts the values assigned by appraisal districts, including possible hardships on local taxing jurisdictions when adjustments are made.
2. Review the dedicated uses of the additional municipal sales and use tax, sales and use taxes imposed under Chapters 451-453 of the Transportation Code, sales and use taxes for special purpose taxing authorities, county sales and use taxes, county health services sales and use tax, and county sales and use tax for landfill and criminal detention centers, and municipal and county hotel occupancy taxes. Assess the impact such taxes have on the ability of communities to respond to changes in demand for and use of governmental services.
3. Continue to study the economic impact of Internet commerce on state and local tax revenues, and monitor federal legislation and action relating to Internet taxation, including state participation in multi-state efforts to simplify the administration of sales and use taxes.
4. Review the effects of franchise tax credits authorized by SB 441, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, and evaluate their success in achieving legislative goals.
5. Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction.
Committee: House Public Health
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Public Health, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Children's health insurance | Children's Health Insurance Program | e-commerce | Emergency medical services | Health care | Hospitals | Indigent health care | Internet | Managed care | Medicaid | Nonprofit hospitals | Pharmaceutical industry | Pharmacists | Prescription drug costs | Prescription drugs | Public health | State government contracts | Telemedicine | Trauma centers |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 h349h
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [275 pages  File size: 10,000 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the role of the pharmaceutical industry in the delivery of health care in Texas. The review should identify pharmaceutical cost-drivers and opportunities to reduce costs, assess the role of pharmacy benefit managers and pharmacies, and address patient-specific issues, as well as other issues identified by the committee.
2. Review issues related to the increased use of new technologies in the delivery of health care. The review should identify opportunities and risks associated with the sale of medical devices and drugs over the Internet, the feasibility of expanding telemedicine to improve care in underserved areas, and regulatory and privacy issues presented by these new technologies.
3. Evaluate the role and potential of disease management in public health programs that serve chronically ill populations.
4. Study issues arising from hospital system sales, conversions, partnerships and mergers, including the impact on health care in medically underserved and rural communities and on the level of charity care provided.
5. Examine the requirements imposed on emergency medical services providers in rural areas. Determine whether individual requirements encourage or hinder the provision of services.
6. Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including the Children's Health Insurance Program, the restructuring of health and humans service agencies under HB 2641, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, and the Medicaid managed care program.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the Texas House of Representatives, 77th Legislature / Committee on State Affairs.
Subjects: Aircraft Pooling Board | Broadband technology | e-commerce | Ethics Commission, Texas | General Services Commission, Texas | Human Rights, Texas Commission on | Incentive and Productivity Commission, Texas | Information Resources, Texas Department of | Internet | Lobbyists | Privacy | Public Utility Counsel, Office of | Revolving door policies | Social Security numbers | Telephone deregulation | Telephone service | Television stations | Veterans Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 st29h
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [250 pages  File size: 1,105 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the authority of state and local governments to require cable television companies to provide access to competitors and to affect the rates, terms and conditions under which access is provided. Consider the speed of change in the telecommunications industry and the implications of the state assuming new regulatory responsibilities in this industry, including the question of whether any or all providers of broadband service should be required to provide access to competitors.
2. Review the current state of privacy laws in Texas as they relate to businesses' or government's ability to disseminate personal information without prior written permission.
3. Study the nature and extent of lobby influence on the legislative process.
4. Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including monitoring the implementation of SB 560, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, and changes in telecommunications markets resulting from the legislation.
Committee: House Ways and Means
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Ways and Means, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: e-commerce | Internet | Natural gas industry | Oil industry | Sales tax exemptions | Sales taxes | Severance taxes | Tax credits | Tax holidays | Tax incentives | Tax revenue | Tax system | Use taxes | Wages |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 w368
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [64 pages  File size: 3,235 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the economic impact of Internet commerce on state and local tax revenues. Monitor the activities and recommendations of the federal Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce.
2. Identify and list the specific changes to the tax structure that would: (1) produce the most positive effect on gross state product; (2) produce the most positive effect on the creation and retention of jobs that pay a living wage; (3) most benefit troubled or declining industries, such as agriculture or oil production; (4) promote enhanced tax equity, including mitigation of the regressivity of the current tax structure; and (5) address loopholes that permit certain classes of taxpayers to avoid equitable taxation. Each list should be a separate list, and any tax changes recommended should take into account the revenue needs of the state.
3. Review the tax exemptions and credits approved by the 76th Legislature, including SB 441, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, and the emergency severance tax measures, and evaluate their success in achieving legislative goals.
Committee: House Business and Industry
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Business and Industry, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1998 : a report to the House of Representatives, 76th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Consumer protection | e-commerce | Employees | Employers | Employment | Internet | Mergers and acquisitions | Telemarketers | Texas Workers' Compensation Insurance Fund | Workers Compensation Commission, Texas | Workers' compensation |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 b964
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [67 pages  File size: 3,139 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the development of commerce on the internet to determine whether existing consumer protection laws are adequate to deal with the present and future issues that may arise.
2. Review consumer protection issues as they pertain to telemarketing. Determine whether the registration of telemarketers may be necessary to provide adequate protection of the public.
3. Study the issues surrounding "truth-in-hiring" legislation. Investigate the possibility of protecting both employees and employers when prospective employers request job references.
4. Review the Texas Free Enterprise and Antitrust Act of 1983. Assess its adequacy in protecting the public interest when mergers and acquisitions occur.
5. Review workers' compensation insurance carriers' payments and denials of medical benefits and supplemental income benefits. Determine whether carries' actions are reasonable and consistent with the overall design of the law.

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