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10 Document(s) [ Subject: Unemployment insurance ]

Committee: Senate Business and Commerce
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 82nd Legislature
Subjects: Alternative energy | Career preparedness | Electric Reliability Council of Texas | Electric utilities | Electric utility rates and charges | Electricity transmission and distribution | Energy conservation | Homeowners insurance | Job training programs | Liens | Mortgages | Municipally-owned utilities | Natural disasters | Texas Windstorm Insurance Association | Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund | Unemployment insurance | Wind power | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 B963
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [84 pages  File size: 2,897 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the implementation of H.B. 4409 enacted by the 81st Legislature pertaining to the financing of insured losses in excess of premium and other revenue of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). Assess the coverage and affordability of TWIA policies. Review the claims and payments processes and make recommendations to improve the stability of TWIA while enhancing services to clients.
2. Study options for reducing demand for electricity, including innovative pricing options relating to the use of smart meters, programmable thermostats, and other demand side management and behavioral response strategies. Review current consumer education programs to reduce demand, decrease energy prices, and improve air quality. Consider benefits and costs of alternative energy sources such as geothermal and solar, and current incentives for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The study should include recommendations on improving consumer knowledge and usage of these strategies in lowering overall electric usage, promoting energy efficiency, and improving the reliability of the ERCOT grid.
3. Study and make recommendations relating to the development and implementation of wind energy. Assess the total impact of wind energy, including additional costs to consumers, if any, buy-back provisions and pricing, the need for alternative energy sources at times when wind does not generate electricity, impact on the ERCOT grid, development of battery storage and other storage methods, and economic development impacts.
4. Study the generation costs of municipally owned electric utilities' planned generation portfolios. Consider the impact of planned generation costs on electric rates for residential and commercial customers. Solicit input on the impact of future electric rates on charitable and non-profit organizations, and the impact on such organizations' cash assistance programs to indigent customers. Consider the merits of a justifiable planned generation cost standard, and whether a deviation above the standard should be subject to approval by a vote of all customers of a municipally owned utility's service area.
5. Study and make recommendations relating to the Texas Unemployment Compensation Insurance system, including, but not limited to, the following:
  • The capacity and efficiency of the claims filing and benefits delivery system as well as the ability of the agency to meet the needs of the clients it serves given the transition to call centers and web based filing;
  • The current financing scheme for the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, and any options to improve the long term financial health and stability of the Fund;
  • The use of debit cards for delivery of UI benefits, including ways to limit user fees to access payments; and
  • Improving public access to local and statewide data on current and historical UI claims.
6. Study and make recommendations regarding career-focused education and workforce training programs in Texas to insure that such programs meet business and worker needs. Specifically, study whether such programs: meet the current and future workforce needs of health care, skilled trades, construction, manufacturing, aerospace, information technology and green jobs; help retain workers in such trades and fields; retrain and update the skills and education of workers in such trades and fields; and foster and encourage collaboration between the State, education, labor and business to provide education and training.
7. Study the effectiveness of Chapter 557 of the Insurance Code, relating to insured property subject to a security interest, in setting forth the obligations of a lender and a residential real property insured resulting from an insurer's payment of a claim for damage to the residential real property caused by a natural disaster. Consider the legislation's requirements for release of the insurance proceeds, lienholder's approval of payment of the insurance proceeds, accrual and payment of interest on such proceeds and penalties provided by the statute. Make recommendations for any needed refinements of the legislation.
8. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Business & Commerce, 81st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
Committee: House Economic Development
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Economic Development, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2006 : a report to the House of Representatives, 80th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Economic development | Higher education | Job training programs | Skills Development/Smart Jobs Fund | Texas Enterprise Fund | Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund | Unemployment insurance |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 Ec74h
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [45 pages  File size: 9,261 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the application of the Development Corporation Act of 1979 (Article 5109.6 VTCS) to determine the appropriateness of including limited liability funding ability for higher education projects supporting the development or expansion of specialized educational facilities at institutions of higher education.
2. Study the use of the Skills Development Fund and the adequacy of the alternative funding mechanism created in HB 2421, 79th Legislature, Regular Session.
3. Study the effectiveness of the Texas Enterprise Zone program and its contributions in creating economic development in this state.
4. Study the utilization of the Unemployed Insurance Fund.
5. Study the use of the Texas Economic Development Act since its enactment as HB 1200, 77th Legislature, Regular Session. Examine how successful the program has been in the promotion of economic development in this state, and its use by local government entities. Make recommendations for any statutory changes needed to the program, and consider whether the December 31, 2007, Sunset date should be extended.
6. Study the use of the Texas Enterprise Fund and other economic development tools created by SB 275, 78th Legislature, Regular Session. Examine how successful the new programs have been in the promotion of economic development in this state, and recommend any statutory enhancements that could be made.
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Business and Commerce
Title: Interim Report - Unemployment Compensation Insurance Program
Library Catalog Title: Texas Unemployment Compensation Insurance Program : interim report to the 79th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund | Unemployment insurance | Workforce Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 B963uc
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [44 pages  File size: 596 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study and make recommendations relating to the Texas unemployment compensation insurance program, including, but not limited, the following: trends in benefit fraud and claim overpayments; effectiveness of Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) management and operational practices; development and implementation of innovative unemployment fraud detection and collection strategies by the TWC; other governmental research on misclassification of workers resulting in underpayments to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund; options for leveraging federal funds; and the feasibility of targeted audits to detect fraud. Include recommendations to improve the transition of individuals off unemployment insurance, such as enhancing claimant job search programs and placement strategies.
Committee: House Economic Development
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Economic Development, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Economic development | Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund | Unemployment insurance | Unemployment taxes |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 ec74h
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [45 pages  File size: 1,866 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate the attractiveness of Texas for business expansions and relocations, including consideration of the state's history of job creation. Determine which areas of the state have been more successful and which have been less successful, and whether additional programs or incentives are needed for some or all areas of the state. If new incentives are recommended, suggest funding sources.
2. Review the Development Corporation Act of 1979, including the 4A and 4B economic development tax. Conduct a thorough analysis of the historical use of this tax, and determine success and failure rates in promoting job creation and business development.
3. Actively monitor the status of the unemployment compensation trust fund. Study the mechanisms in current law designed to keep the fund balance in the desired range. Review practices in other states to assess whether the effectiveness and fairness of the system might be improved.
4. Actively monitor the agencies under the committee's oversight jurisdiction.
Committee: House Economic Development
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Economic Development, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Aerospace Commission, Texas | Economic Development, Texas Department of | Job training programs | Local Workforce Development Boards | Skills Development/Smart Jobs Fund | Spaceports | State government contracts | Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund | Unemployment insurance | Unemployment taxes | Welfare | Welfare-to-work | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 ec74h
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [96 pages  File size: 4,086 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of local workforce development boards and their capacity to provide effective training and job services. Include a review of the boards' monitoring and verification of contractor performance and reports. Assess the workforce development system's effectiveness in the areas of (a) the TANF population, (b) dislocated workers, (c) persons with disabilities and (d) the high-technology workforce.
2. Actively monitor the status of the unemployment insurance compensation trust fund. Study the mechanisms in current law designed to keep the fund in the desired range.
3. Review current programs and examine other options for preparing students who do not seek advanced degrees for jobs in today's economy.
4. Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction.
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 Economic Development, Interim
Title: Interim report - Employee leasing practices
Library Catalog Title: Interim report, 72nd Legislature, employee leasing practices / Senate Interim Committee on Economic Development.
Subjects: Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 | Health insurance | Staff leasing | Unemployment insurance | Workers' compensation |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 em73
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [41 pages  File size: 1,553 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The Committee shall study employee leasing practices.
Committee: House Employment Practices
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee on Employment Practices, Texas House of Representatives, 66th Legislature.
Subjects: Crime victims | Crime Victims' Compensation Fund | Public retirement systems | Social Security | Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program | Unemployment | Unemployment insurance | Welfare | Workers' compensation |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 em74
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [46 pages  File size: 1,563 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review all aspects of the worker's compensation law including: coverage, weekly payments for temporary total disability. benefits for permanent disability, administrative rules, penalties to insure that the responsibilities of the law are fulfilled, the feasibility of self-insurance, and other related matters. These efforts should be coordinated with the Committee on Insurance.
2. Monitor the organizational activities of the State Pension Review Board.
3. Review the administration of the Crime Victims Compensation Act. Study fine collection and claims processing and make recommendations for improvement. Summarize federal legislation on crime victims compensation. *
4. Oversight activities shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 66th Regular Session of the Legislature. Procedures suggested for this purpose during the last interim are recommended. The agencies include: Texas Employment Commission, Merit System Council, Texas Department of Labor and Standards, Industrial Accident Board, State Pension Review Board, and Office of the Attorney General - Worker's Compensation.
5. Study the relationship between the numbers of Social Security and worker's compensation beneficiaries to determine if a formula could be devised to use both programs in providing benefits.
6. Study the relationship between the numbers of unemployed, Unemployment Insurance recipients, and recipients of A.F.D.C. and Food Stamps.
7. Monitor the activities of the Industrial Accident Board with regard to the implementation of the Crime Victims Compensation Act.
Committee: House Labor
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee on Labor, Texas House of Representatives, 64th Legislature to the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 65th Legislature.
Subjects: Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 | Employment agencies | Employment Commission, Texas | Organized labor | Public retirement systems | Unemployment insurance | Wages |
Library Call Number: L1836.64 l113
Session: 64th R.S. (1975)
Online version: View report [118 pages  File size: 4,317 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review all laws affecting the Department of Labor and Standards to effectuate consistent, complementary statutory provisions.
2. Study and appraise the unemployment and placement services and the employment compensation services available to workers in Texas.
3. Survey the retirement benefits and pension plans of employers in the State of Texas.
Committee: Senate Unemployment Compensation and Workmen's Compensation Laws, Interim
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report. Texas. Legislature. Senate. Interim Committee to Study Texas Unemployment Compensation and Workmens Compensation Laws.
Subjects: Unemployment insurance | Workers' compensation |
Library Call Number: L1836.62 un2
Session: 62nd R.S. (1971)
Online version: View report [168 pages  File size: 8,564 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Make inquiry as to the need for an increase in benefits for workmen's compensation and for unemployment compensation, and shall determine an adequate formula for these benefits, based on a percentage of average weekly wage.

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

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