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Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Campus carry | Eminent domain | Employees Retirement System of Texas | Ethics Commission, Texas | Ethics complaints | Freedom of religion | Government ethics | Guardianship | Guns | Judges' salaries | Judicial selection | Military personnel | Open carry | Organized labor | Police chiefs | Public Integrity Unit | Public retirement systems | Religious conservatives (Politics) | Religious discrimination | Religious Freedom Restoration Act | Straight party voting | Teacher Retirement System of Texas | Texas Rangers (Law enforcement) | Voting systems | Weapons |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 St29a
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [70 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Religious Liberty: Examine measures to affirm 1st Amendment religious liberty protections in Texas, along with the relationship between local ordinances and state and federal law. Make recommendations to ensure that the government does not force individuals, organizations or businesses to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
2. Union Dues: Examine the practice of using public funds and employees for the payment processing of union dues. Make recommendations on whether Texas should end this practice.
3. Chief Law Enforcement Officers: Examine whether there are chief law enforcement officers within the state who deny NFA applications without any cause. Examine the application and certification process and recommend ways to eliminate no-cause denials.
4. Judicial Matters: Examine the need to adjust Texas judicial salaries to attract, maintain, and support a qualified judiciary capable of meeting the current and future needs of Texas and its citizens. Study and recommend whether Texas should delink legislators' standard service retirement annuities from district judge salaries. Examine the effect of eliminating straight-party voting for candidates for judicial office and make recommendations to ensure candidates are given individual consideration by voters.
5. Eminent Domain: Gather and review data on the compensation provided to private property owners for property purchased or taken by entities with eminent domain authority. Examine the variance, if any, between the offers and the fair market values of properties taken through eminent domain. Make recommendations to ensure property owners are fairly compensated.
6. Ethics: Review current ethics laws governing public officials and employees and recommend changes necessary to inspire the public’s confidence in a transparent and ethically principled government. Review public officials’ reporting requirements to the Texas Ethics Commission. Examine the categorization of ethics reporting violations and make recommendations to encourage accurate reporting and timely correction to inadvertent clerical errors.
7. Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on State Affairs 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) Implementation of open and campus carry legislation and determine if the current laws regulating the places that handguns can be carried are easily understood or if clarification is needed to ensure the average citizen understands when, where, and under what circumstances it is lawful to carry a weapon, versus when it is a criminal offense for which there may be a defense; 2) Requirements for guardianships; 3) The electronic voting program for certain military members serving overseas; 4) Changes made to the Employment Retirement System regarding member contributions and proposed reforms to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas; and 5) The establishment of a public integrity unit under the authority of Texas Rangers.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Banks and banking | Economy | Electric meters | Electric utility rates and charges | Electronic security | Emergency management | Fetal rights | Medical ethics | Natural disasters | Organ and tissue donations | Organized labor | Public Utility Commission of Texas | State employees | State government contracts | State purchasing | Telephone service | Undocumented immigrants | Universal Service Fund | Utility service | Water and sewer utilities |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 St29h
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [78 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study if the state's infrastructure is adequately prepared for disasters, whether man-made or natural. Include preparedness assessments of the maintenance and recovery of vital infrastructure such as transportation and utility systems.
2. Examine procedures regarding contract monitoring, compliance, performance evaluation and notification requirements for state contracting procedures. Include recommendations to determine a "best value" for the state and prevent conflicts of interests. Evaluate guidelines regarding the state's participation in contracts funded by grants and suggest methods to ensure the best use of taxpayer funds.
3. Determine if the state has sufficient authority and the tools to ensure continued operation of the state's government and economy under existing budgetary and statutory authority. Make contingency recommendations to prevent collapse in the event of an economic disaster.
4. Study the policies used by research and medical entities to adhere to the highest ethical standards for acquiring human fetal tissue for medical and scientific purposes. Specifically, review compliance to ensure informed consent and that all state and federal laws sufficiently respect the dignity of the human body. Study criteria for which persons have standing when giving consent for the use of fetal remains and to investigate potential violations of state laws regulating organ/tissue donation. Determine whether additional disclosure and reporting requirements are necessary to ensure moral and ethical research practices. Review practices and statutes in other states regarding fetal tissue harvesting.
5. Study support mechanisms for the Small and Rural Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier - Universal Service Fund. Consider alternative funding mechanisms as well as necessary statutory changes to ensure reasonable cost of basic local phone service in high cost, rural areas without expanding the size of the Texas Universal Service Fund.
6. Evaluate the administrative process used to determine utility rates. Consider if sufficient opportunities exist to ensure customer representation. Also determine if additional legislative guidance is needed to ensure public notification and participation.
7. Examine how the Public Utility Commission of Texas, when applicable, and utility providers, whether vertically integrated, privately owned, or municipally owned, can ensure consumer protection regarding metering devices for water, gas, and electricity service. Review recent examples of inaccurate or confusing billings and offer recommendations on appropriate consumer recourse and appeal. In addition, assess utility procedures regarding meter installation.
8. Examine state and local laws applicable to undocumented immigrants throughout the State of Texas and analyze the effects of those laws in conjunction with federal immigration laws and the policies and practices followed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
9. Examine payroll deductions from state or political subdivision employees for the purpose of labor organization membership dues or fees as well as charitable organization and nonprofit contributions. Determine if this process is an appropriate use of public funds.
10. Monitor the impact of major State Affairs legislation passed by the 84th Legislature, including updates regarding recent contracting reforms. 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. 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 Urban Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Urban Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Affordable housing | Colonias | Fire Protection, Texas Commission on | Home equity loans | Home ownership | Housing and Community Affairs, Texas Department of | Mortgages | Municipal employees | Organized labor | Welfare-to-work |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 ur1
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [134 pages  File size: 4,431 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the roles of the state and of local public housing authorities in increasing access to housing assistance for the state's poorest families and in supporting families making the transition from welfare to work.
2. Examine the definition and roles of community housing development organizations (CHDOs) and non-profit housing entities. Assess standards they should meet in order to qualify for set-asides, tax exemptions and other forms of special consideration.
3. Study the potential for improving the performance of public institutions by fostering cooperative efforts among employees and employers, including the long-standing controversies related to various forms of bargaining by groups that do not advocate the right to strike.
4. Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction, including implementation of sunset legislation, and specifically including requirements to target single family mortgage loans to underserved geographic and economic populations and new Section 8 home ownership initiatives.
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)
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: House Lobbying Activities, Investigation, Special
Title: Preliminary report
Library Catalog Title: Preliminary report of the House committee operating under authorization of House Simple Resolution 153, Forty-ninth Legislature.
Subjects: Lobbyists | Organized labor |
Library Call Number: L1836.49 R449R / H.J. of Tex., 49th Leg. R.S. 959 (1945)
Session: 49th R.S. (1945)
Online version: View report [9 pages  File size: 431 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Investigate lobbying activities related to HB 12, 49th Legislature, Regular Session and HJR 1, 49th Legislature, Regular Session. *
Supporting documents
Committee: House Lobbying Activities, Investigation, Special
Title: Supporting documents & exhibits: Un-American Activities report, Christian American, Southern Patriot, Western Union telegrams, letter to Chairman W.A. Williamson, Hon. W. Lee O'Daniel speech 9/25/1942 in Cong. Record, etc.
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 IN8 48E
Session: 49th R.S. (1945)
Online version: View document [384 pages  File size: 465,624 kb]
Committee: House Lobbying Activities, Investigation, Special
Title: Transcripts of testimony, March 15, 20, 22, and 23, 1945; text of HSR 153
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 IN8 49t
Session: 49th R.S. (1945)
Online version: View document [305 pages  File size: 174,788 kb]
Committee: House Penitentiaries Subcommittee to Visit Penitentiaries
Title: Minority Report
Library Catalog Title: Minority reports
Subjects: Huntsville State Prison | Organized labor | Prison labor | Prison officials | Rusk State Penitentiary |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 34th Leg., R.S. 447 (1915)
Session: 34th R.S. (1915)
Online version: View report [2 pages]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Visit penitentiaries at Huntsville and Rusk to investigate and provide information prior to considering a pending bill to create a new penitentiary system. *
Committee: House Penitentiaries Subcommittee to Visit Penitentiaries
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of Committee to Visit Penitentiaries.
Subjects: Huntsville State Prison | Organized labor | Prison labor | Prison officials | Rusk State Penitentiary |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 34th Leg., R.S. 439 (1915)
Session: 34th R.S. (1915)
Online version: View report [9 pages]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Visit penitentiaries at Huntsville and Rusk to investigate and provide information prior to considering a pending bill to create a new penitentiary system. *

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

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