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Committee: Senate Business and Commerce
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Delinquent taxes | Elder abuse | Electronic security | Employment eligibility verification | Hailstorms | Health insurance | Liens | Medical bill balance billing | Occupational licenses | Prompt payment of insurance claims | Property insurance | Public information | State employees | Texas Windstorm Insurance Association | Undocumented immigrants |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 B963
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [72 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Occupational Licensing: Review all occupations licensed under Texas law to determine the extent to which continued state regulation and licensure is required to protect public health and safety. Examine methods to ensure greater legislative oversight of new regulations, scope, and necessity of certain licenses and make recommendations for state licenses that should be repealed or transitioned to private-sector enforcement.
2. Hail Storm: Monitor the number of lawsuits related to property claims filed as a result of multiple hail storms and weather related events across Texas. Examine negative consumer trends that may result in market disruption such as higher premiums and deductibles, less coverage, non-renewals, and inability to secure coverage due to insurance carrier withdrawal from the state and make recommendations on legislative action needed.
3. Texas Prompt Pay Law: Study the impact of the penalty calculations under the current prompt payment of health care claim laws and regulations, including comparing penalties in other states and late payment penalties in Texas for other lines of insurance. Evaluate whether unregulated billed charges is the appropriate basis for determining penalty amounts and make recommendations for statutory changes, if needed.
4. Cyber-security/Storage: Examine cyber-security efforts undertaken by state entities and study the legal, policy, and privacy implications of the trend toward storage of personal, private, and business confidential information in network attached storage, cloud storage, and other developing data storage options rather than on local devices. Make recommendations on how to best protect Texans’ financial and personal information.
5. Elder Financial Abuse: Study elder financial abuse and determine what steps the State of Texas should take to help protect older Texans from financial exploitation.
6. Property Tax Liens: Examine and make recommendations for necessary changes regarding the collection process of delinquent ad valorem property taxes, including an inquiry into the role that tax lien transfers play in forestalling foreclosure.
7. Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce 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) State agency participation in the federal electronic verification of employment authorization program; 2) Implementation of legislation intended to further protect consumers from the balance billing process; 3) Changes made to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association; 4) The regulation of public insurance adjusters; and 5) The current consent policy for state disclosure of personal data.
Committee: House Insurance
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Assisted living facilities | Fraud | Health care provider networks | Health insurance | Insurance industry | Insurance, Texas Department of | Medical bill balance billing | Prompt payment of insurance claims | Property insurance | Texas Mutual Insurance | Texas Windstorm Insurance Association | Windstorm insurance | Workers Compensation Commission, Texas | Workers' compensation |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 In7
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [87 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine available data on the cost of weather-related property insurance claims and the incidence of litigation of these claims. Study whether these data reveal trends or patterns over time and what the drivers of these trends might be. Identify impacts on the property insurance market and on consumers from claims litigation.
2. Examine the effectiveness of previous legislative efforts to encourage transparency and adequacy of health care networks, and of legislation to protect consumers from the negative impacts of disputes over out-of-network services. Study whether enhancements in transparency or regulation are necessary.
3. Evaluate the statutory penalty calculations under Texas's prompt payment laws regarding health care claims. Include an analysis of whether the proper benchmarks are used to establish penalties commensurate with an improper payment and the effect of the abolition of the Texas Health Insurance Pool on the use of funds collected under the statute.
4. Study the Texas credit for reinsurance statutes and how they affect market capacity, the cost of regulatory compliance, and the prospect of federal preemption of the state's ability to regulate reinsurance. Examine how alternative credit for reinsurance statutes in other jurisdictions function, including in the regulatory and legal systems of those jurisdictions.
5. Monitor the implementation of SB 900 (84R), including the rulemaking process by the Texas Department of Insurance and the adoption of an updated plan of operation by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.
6. Examine the effectiveness of residual market programs in the insurance industry in Texas, as well as approaches used in other states.
7. Review the implementation of HB 2929 (83R). Examine the bill's impact and compliance among affected health plans. Examine the costs incurred by the Employees Retirement System, Teacher Retirement System, and any other affected state health plans as a result of the legislation.
8. Review current statutory provisions regarding the prosecution of workers' compensation insurance fraud. Examine ways to maintain or enhance fraud prosecution while ensuring a fair process for all parties involved.
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.
Committee: Senate State Real Property Data Collection, Reporting, and Assessment, Select
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: General Land Office | Legislative Budget Board, Texas | Property insurance | Public colleges and universities | Risk Management, State Office of | State agencies | State buildings | State land | Texas State Capitol complex |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 R229
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [10 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the potential benefits of maintaining a comprehensive database of all real property owned by the state.
2. Study the potential financial loss to the state that could result from the state owning uninsured and underinsured real property.
3. Study any efficiencies or cost savings potentially achieved by requiring the General Land Office to submit the annual report required under Section 31.157, Natural Resources Code, to the Texas Department of Transportation, the Employees Retirement System of Texas, and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
4. Study the potential benefits or burdens, including administrative burdens, of requiring each state agency and institution of higher education to report information on the real property it possesses, at the same time and in a uniform manner, to a single entity, and how often the information should be reported.
5. Study which state agency is best suited to collect information on all real property owned by the state and the appropriate method for collecting this information.
6. Study the information that is currently reported by state agencies and institutions of higher education regarding real property of which agencies and institutions have charge and control.
7. Study the distinction between state agencies and institutions of higher education that report information on real property owned by the state as compared to state agencies and institutions of higher education that collect information for a report on real property owned by the state.
8. Study information determined by the Legislative Budget Board as necessary for the State Office of Risk Management to conduct an insurable state asset study to develop a statewide strategy that will ensure all real property owned by the state is adequately insured.
9. Study how often the State Office of Risk Management should submit an insurable state asset study to the legislature.
10. Study the results of the appraisal required by Subsection (e) of this section, and the potential loss to the state by inadequately insuring the Capitol Complex, as defined by Section 443.0071, Government Code.
11. Study other potential ways to ensure that the state is able to identify, track, and maintain a database of the location, condition, and replacement value of all real property owned by the state.
Committee: House Insurance
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Insurance Committee, Texas House of Representatives, 69th Legislature.
Subjects: Automobile insurance | Birth defects | Children's health insurance | Environmental cleanup | Hazardous substances | Health insurance | Liability insurance | Preferred provider organizations | Property insurance | Texas Catastrophic Property Insurance Association |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 in7
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [55 pages  File size: 1,308 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor all activities and have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 17.
2. Study the advantages and disadvantages of the preferred provider organization (PPO) health insurance plan, with particular emphasis on consideration of quality of services, access to services, cost of care rendered, the effect on existing physician-patient relationships, and a proposed legislative/regulatory structure for such medical care delivery and financing arrangements; in conjunction with Human Services and Public Health Committees.
3. Study the need in Texas to make available to newborn infants accident and sickness insurance benefits covering sickness or illness including congenital benefits.
4. Study possible reforms in the State's mandatory liability insurance laws.
5. Study the problems and financial soundness of the CAT (catastrophic) insurance pool and the potential liability to the State of maintaining the present system.
6. Study the feasibility of mandatory extended care coverage for head injury victims after that victim has left the initial care facility of a licensed hospital.
7. Study the availability of and rising costs of liability insurance in Texas.
8. Study liability and insurability problems being faced by the engineering and construction companies who seek to participate in the cleanup of hazardous waste disposal sites in Texas.
Committee: House Insurance
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Insurance Committee, Texas House of Representatives, 68th Legislature.
Subjects: Automobile insurance | Consumer protection | Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act | Fire prevention | Firefighters | Health insurance | Insurance industry | Insurance rates | Property insurance | Rural issues | State buildings | State mandates | Texas Catastrophic Property Insurance Association | Tropical storms |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 in7
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [255 pages  File size: 7,620 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 16.
2. To monitor the study being conducted by the State Board of insurance pursuant to HCR 213, 68th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the advantages and disadvantages of the various forms of property/casualty rate making and policy form implementation.
3. To study mandated coverages in the health insurance field and recommend a coherent policy of state mandated coverages. Examine effects of mandated coverages on rates and premiums as well as the impact of utilization and adverse selection when coverages are mandated.
4. To study advantages and disadvantages of alternative methods of marketing and underwriting uninsured and underinsured motorists coverage currently found in other states and their possible application in Texas, including proposals by which underinsured motorists coverage could be offered without the requirement that benefits be reduced by the amount of the other party's liability coverage.
5. To study the fire record credit system as it currently affects the costs of every fire and commercial multiperil insurance policy in this state; to determine whether the provision of debits or credits based on fire loss experience has had its desired effect of enhancing fire prevention and protection; and to determine whether these desired goals could be achieved in a more equitable or less administratively burdensome manner.
6. To conduct a study to determine if current Texas law regulating unfair and deceptive trade practices in the business of insurance achieves its desired goals of enhancing consumer protection and full disclosure of insurance information without unfairly punishing persons involved in the business of insurance for innocent acts, and to conduct a survey of other state laws to ascertain the advantages and disadvantages of other states' attempts to provide fair and effective consumer protection in the business of insurance.
7. To study advantages and disadvantages of support for volunteer fire departments through a surcharge on insurance premiums in rural areas.
8. To study advantages and disadvantages of a state self-insurance program to provide funds to replace state property and buildings in case of fire or other disasters.
9. To study the impact of Hurricane Alicia on the insurance industry in Texas. Consider the issues of solvency, prices, and availability of windstorm insurance in the storm area. Also study the effectiveness of operation of the Texas Catastrophe Property Insurance Association.
Committee: House Appropriations
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, Sixty-eighth Legislature : report of the Committee on Appropriations, Texas House of Representatives, Sixty-seventh Legislature.
Subjects: Federal funds | Government travel costs | Property insurance | State agencies | State budgets | University finance |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 ap65
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [42 pages  File size: 1,452 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the implementation of federal budgetary changes and their impact on state agency programs, with emphasis on block grants versus categorical grants.
2. Coordinate, cooperate and assist the House Standing Committee with oversight functions for all agencies; review the method by which the new travel provisions dealing with increased per diem in high-cost areas are being implemented and review out-of-state travel expenses by those agencies which are authorized to have a higher per diem when traveling out of state; review the state policy in relation to the use of state vehicles, including aircraft, to determine what operations are the most efficient and practical.
3. Examine the state policy of funding to reimburse colleges and universities for uninsured losses to property; review the appropriate subcommittee process to determine what, if any, adjustments could be made to make the process work more efficiently; review and recommend any necessary changes in the current process and format through which agencies develop and submit operating budgets to the Executive and Legislative Budget Office.
4. Develop a suggested approach for implementation of the General Appropriations Act which allows the Legislature to set per diem of board members; Determine the feasibility of developing a way to divert fund balances that remain in special funds over and above the needs of the current biennium without the necessity for statutory change; review the method by which a capital projects budget could be developed for the General Appropriations Act.
Committee: House Insurance
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report, Sixty-fifth legislative session.
Subjects: Automobile insurance | Fire prevention | Insurance agents | Insurance deregulation | Insurance rates | Insurance, Texas State Board of | Property insurance | Uninsured motorists |
Library Call Number: L1836.64 in7
Session: 64th R.S. (1975)
Online version: View report [173 pages  File size: 7,009 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study the viability and necessity of a use and file rating system for automobile and fire insurance, determining if the present rating system or another more open system would best serve the needs of Texas citizens.
2. The study of the proposed federal no-fault automobile insurance legislation (S.354) and its ramifications in Texas.
3. A study of mandatory liability insurance as a prerequisite to automobile operation, as 26% of Texas motorists are uninsured and involved in 68% of the accidents in Texas.
4. A study of the key rating system for fire insurance as well as the rating and territorial classifications, as the statutes have not been updated.
5. A study of the educational and licensing standards for all insurance agents.
Committee: Senate Investigating
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: [Report of committee to investigate application of the fee system in Texas]
Subjects: Insurance industry | Insurance, Texas Department of | Insurance, Texas State Board of | Jurisdiction (Legal) | Life insurance | Natural gas industry | Oil industry | Property insurance | Texas State Capitol | Travis County |
Library Call Number: L1836.44 F32/S.J. of Tex. (Supp.), 45th Leg., R.S. 1 (1937)
Session: 44th R.S. (1935)
Online version: View report [38 pages  File size: 2,391 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Continue the inquiries heretofore begun relative to the application of the fee system in Texas, and relative to the operation of the apportionment of the available school fund, and to inquire into tax delinquencies and collections and any and all other matters pertaining to or affecting the revenue of the State government and the expenditures of said taxes, fees and assessments, and to inquire into other affairs and activities of governmental departments and institutions of whatever kind and character, as such activities affect the financial or other welfare of the citizens of Texas.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Investigating
Title: Fee System Testimony of Mr. R.L. Wheelock before the Senate Investigating Committee (transcript)
Library Catalog Title: Minutes.
Library Call Number: L1803.9 IN86 44T
Session: 44th R.S. (1935)
Online version: View document [35 pages  File size: 35,731 kb]

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