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Committee: Senate Finance
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report
Subjects: Aging and Disability Services, Texas Department of | Criminal Justice, Texas Department of | Employees Retirement System of Texas | Employers | Financial investments | Frew lawsuits | Health and Human Services Commission, Texas | Health insurance | Health insurance premium subsidies | Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas | Highway finance | Investment of public funds | Iran | Medicaid | Medical reimbursements | Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of | Permanent School Fund, Texas | Permanent University Fund | State agency budgets | State government debt | State Health Services, Texas Department of | State supported living centers | Sudan | Tax incentives | Teacher Retirement System of Texas | Texas Southern University | Transportation, Texas Department of | Youth Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 F49
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [46 pages  File size: 698 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Provide effective budget oversight of state agencies to ensure that monies appropriated are spent wisely. Particular areas of focus will include the Texas Department of Transportation, Department of State Health Services coordination of Mental Health Services, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department revitalization of State Parks, Health and Human Services Commission management of Frew settlement agreement and waiting list slots, Department of Aging and Disability Services improvement of State Schools, Texas Department of Criminal Justice roll out of treatment programs and review of the salary career ladder for employees for retention purposes, Texas Youth Commission achievement of reform, Texas Southern University rehabilitation, Higher Education Coordinating Board implementation of incentive programs and the creation of the Texas Cancer Research and Prevention Institute.
2. Evaluate the effectiveness of existing state tax incentives that encourage employers to provide health coverage to their employees, including tax incentives under the revised state business tax, and make recommendations for additional deductions or credits that increase the number of employees covered by health care insurance.
3. Study the feasibility and the advisability of establishing an investment policy that is consistent across all state trust funds, including the trust funds of the Employees Retirement System, the Teachers Retirement System, the Permanent University Fund, and the Permanent School Fund. Identify best investment policies for state trust funds. Examine recent portfolio diversification strategies and the effect they have on long-term fund performance. The recommendations should consider what is an acceptable rate of return, an acceptable degree of risk, the appropriateness of certain investments. (Joint charge with Senate State Affairs Committee)
4. Review Medicaid provider reimbursement rate methodologies, including the impact of factors such as infrastructure concerns, federal minimum wage changes, and cost reports. Study the impact on access to care, quality of care, and value, and make recommendations for legislative changes, taking into account rate increases contained in the current budget. (Joint charge with Senate Health and Human Services Committee)
5. Study and review state and local options for expanding transportation funding and explore options to reduce diversions of Fund 6 revenue. (Joint charge with Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security)
6. Study and make recommendations relating to whether the Texas Department of Transportation is in compliance with Transportation Code §201.109, Revenue Enhancement, and whether the Texas Department of Transportation is using the funding sources provided by the Legislature, including, but not limited to, General Obligation, Fund 6 and Mobility Fund bonds, to build new roads. (Joint charge with Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security)
7. Monitor and provide a brief update on the implementation of legislation addressed by the Finance Committee, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve or enhance and complete implementation.
  • SB 247, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to Sudan divestment, and make recommendations about whether to include Iran in the divestment strategy;
  • SB1332, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, to help improve the state's debt management and oversight, including a more comprehensive review of state debt and improved communication between entities and oversight of state bond issuance;
  • SB 10, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and the Frew settlement to ensure that the initiatives carried out by the Health and Human Services Commission affect meaningful improvement in access to quality care in the Texas Medicaid program; and
  • HB 3732, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to ultra-clean coal technologies, and determine the amount of property tax removed from the tax rolls, as well as the corresponding impact on school finance. Identify any changes needed to strengthen the program and ensure its success.
Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Eight-liners | Election fraud | Employees Retirement System of Texas | Entergy Corporation | Gambling | Health care costs | Health insurance | Health maintenance organizations | Insurance industry | Investment of public funds | Legislative intent | Medical research | Medically uninsured | Mental health services | Mentally ill inmates | Mentally ill persons | Privatization | Public retirement systems | Statutory revision | Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation | Texas Health Insurance Risk Pool | Texas Lottery | Tort reform | Voter identification | Voting systems | Workers' compensation |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 St29a
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [308 pages  File size: 43,740 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the factors that impact the transparency and efficiency of the health insurance market. Make recommendation to result in the use of best practices, lower health care costs, and better health outcomes, including the following:
  • Study factors contributing to the increasing cost of health care;
  • Study insurer and health maintenance organization (HMO) use of tiers, ratings, or classifications to differentiate among credentialed physicians already admitted to the insurer or HMO panel of preferred providers or network;
  • Examine methods to remediate incorrect tiering, ratings, or classifications;
  • Examine how physicians are notified of the standards against which they will be compared and whether they are notified of the standards prior to the evaluation period;
  • Improve transparency with respect to the marketing of prescription drugs; and
  • Study the use of certain nonprofit health corporations - approved under Chapter 162, Occupations Code, in Texas. Examine whether such entities operate on a statewide scale or on a limited scale, whether such entities adhere to the formalities required of corporations, whether the operation of such entities are influenced by owners or members who are not licensed to practice medicine, and whether such entities have ever been decertified or investigated for failure to maintain compliance with Texas law or regulations.
2. Study and make recommendations for reducing the number of uninsured Texans, focusing on the following:
  • Options to increase access to private health insurance, including 3 Share programs, employer sponsored plans and portable, individual insurance;
  • Incentives for encouraging counties and local governments to participate in private health insurance cost sharing for their respective residents;
  • Options to reduce health care premiums, including creation of special plans with increased deductibles and catastrophic coverage;
  • Implementation and possible expansion of health services districts;
  • Other state programs for increasing market-based coverage of the uninsured, including costs and effectiveness;
  • Options that will increase consumer choice and personal responsibility; and
  • Analysis of state and federal regulations that contribute to higher premium costs.
3. Study and make recommendations relating to the Texas Health Insurance Risk Pool, including the current eligibility for coverage requirements, the economic profiles of participants and former participants, the affordability of the insurance products’ premiums and deductibles, and the public's awareness of the Pool.
4. Study the issue of security and accuracy in Texas elections. The study should include the benefits and risks of electronic voting technology, including the necessity of maintaining a paper record of each electronic vote. The study should also include an analysis of fraud in Texas elections, including prosecution rates for voter fraud, the processes for purging ineligible voters from voter lists, and the integrity of the mail-in and provisional ballot systems. Study the effectiveness of electronic voting technology and voter ID laws in other states. Monitor the implementation of the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002, including the implementation of the Texas Election Administration Management system. Recommend statutory and regulatory changes designed to ensure that only eligible voters are allowed to vote in Texas elections and that each vote is accurately counted.
5. Review and make recommendations for requiring insurance coverage of routine medical care for patients with a life-threatening disease or condition who have elected to participate in a clinical trial.
6. Study the economic impact of recent civil justice reform legislation in Texas.
7. Study whether Texas should adopt the Restatement 2nd of Torts Sec. 674 (Wrongful use of Civil Proceedings) and whether a person should be allowed to recover court and attorneys fees when he has been forced to defend a lawsuit filed without probable cause or for intimidation purposes.
8. Monitor the Texas workers' compensation system, and the continued implementation of the reforms of HB 7, 79th Legislature, Regular Session, by the Texas Department of Insurance and other state agencies. Specifically evaluate the recent decision by the Texas Supreme Court in Entergy v. Summers in terms of its impact and the impact of previous legislation on the workers' compensation system.
9. Study and make recommendations to reduce illegal gambling in Texas, including, but not limited to, the illegal use of Eight-Liners.
10. Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of phasing in a defined-contribution pension for future employees versus the existing defined-benefit pension plan. Study options for transition or implementation issues and how the phase-in could be structured. Evaluate the possibility of requiring the state employee contribution rate to meet the annually required contribution for the statewide retirement funds each biennium in order to prevent unfunded liabilities.
11. Study the relationship between the public mental health system and the criminal justice and civil courts systems, including the identification and sharing of information regarding mentally ill offenders, including minors, among criminal justice and mental health agencies, the courts, state hospitals, and the Veterans Administration. Study how current confidentiality laws impact the exchange of information among groups described above. Study the sentencing of mentally ill offenders compared to non-mentally ill offenders, including minors, and the affect that has on statewide prison capacity and on the quality of health care provided to mentally ill offenders. (Joint charge with Senate Criminal Justice Committee)
12. Review and evaluate appropriate state regulation of a private operator of the state lottery should the state receive bids for a lease of the lottery that merit strong consideration. Provide recommendations for ensuring the security and integrity of the lottery and for adequate consumer protections. (Joint charge with Senate Finance Committee)
13. Study the feasibility and the advisability of establishing an investment policy that is consistent across all state trust funds, including the trust funds of the Employees Retirement System, the Teachers Retirement System, the Permanent University Fund, and the Permanent School Fund. Identify best investment policies for state trust funds. Examine recent portfolio diversification strategies and the effect they have on long-term fund performance. The recommendations should consider what is an acceptable rate of return, an acceptable degree of risk, the appropriateness of certain investments. (Joint charge with Senate Finance Committee)
14. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the State Affairs Committee, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. In particular, monitor and report on the effect of HB 2365, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, which allows public entities to report "other post employment benefits" (OPEBs) on a statutory modified accrual basis, including any effect on auditor opinions, bond ratings, or other fiscal issues. Monitor the implementation of SB 1731, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to transparency of health information, and SB 1846, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to TRS.
Committee: Senate Agency Funds Management
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report, Senate of the state of Texas, 68th Legislature / Senate Committee on Agency Funds Management.
Subjects: Fund management | Investment of public funds |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 ag35r
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [43 pages  File size: 3,213 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study overall fund management practices of the state and make appropriate recommendations to improve the manner in which those funds are administered, whether within or without the jurisdiction of the State Treasury. Examine state agency handling of funds held independently from the State Treasury and of funds subject to periodic deposit in the State Treasury to determine whether agency policies are maximizing the interest income received by the state from the investment of such funds; examine, from the viewpoint of financial efficiency, state agency handling of earned federal funds; examine the unexpended balances held by state agencies in excess of biennial expenditures towards the recommendation of suitable policies with respect to the reappropriation of those balances; and examine and undertake a cash management analysis to determine the best methods of developing and coordinating more effective cash management functions and investment decisions for the state.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Agency Funds Management
Title: SR 524
Library Call Number: SR 524
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View document [4 pages  File size: 220 kb]
Committee: House Financial Institutions
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Committee on Financial Institutions, Texas House of Representatives, 68th Legislature, Austin, Texas.
Subjects: Automated teller machines | Banks and banking | Fund management | Investment of public funds | Savings and Loans |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 f49
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [25 pages  File size: 720 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study the effect on the Texas economy of interstate banking and the rise of financial service conglomerates.
2. To study state law regarding electronic fund transfer systems and the effect thereof on the Texas economy.
3. To review the business activities of subsidiary corporations and financial institutions and the laws and regulations relative thereto.
4. To review the feasibility of investment of state funds held by the Treasury in commercial papers.
Committee: House Financial Institutions
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Financial Institutions Committee, Texas House of Representatives, 66th Legislature.
Subjects: Banks and banking | Consumer credit | Credit unions | Interest rates | Investment of public funds | Mortgages |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 f49
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [71 pages  File size: 2,145 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Report on the status of the mortgage loan business in view of the change in usury limits enacted by the 66th Regular Session of the Legislature.
2. Compare the interest rate structures permitted by law for all lending institutions in Texas and compare these structures with those in selected states with similar regional and economic status to determine the impact of Texas usury ceilings and recommend revisions if needed.
3. Review the differences in state-chartered banks, national banks and the bank holding companies as they relate to competition in the money market.
4. Study the status of credit unions in Texas, particularly with respect to their expansion, financial stability and service to consumers.
5. Review the possible effects of the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980 on state chartered and federally chartered financial institutions in Texas.
6. Review the authority of the state and its political subdivisions regarding the receipt, deposit, investment and disposition of public funds in state and federally chartered financial institutions.
Committee: House Cash Management
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Joint Committee on Cash Management Procedures, Texas House of Representatives, 65th Legislature.
Subjects: Counties | Financial investments | Fund management | Investment of public funds | Municipalities | State agency budgets |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 c268
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [27 pages  File size: 296 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Make a study of the cash management procedures of state and local government in Texas, including a review of the management of cash balances held outside the State Treasury by other state agencies and the possibility of consolidating these funds.
2. Make a study of the feasibility of the establishment of a pooling arrangement for funds of local governments in Texas.
3. Conduct an assessment of the relative advantages and disadvantages of providing technical assistance to local governments regarding cash management.
Committee: House Public Pension Plans, House Joint
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: A compilation of interim reports to the sixty-sixth legislative session, Texas House of Representatives.
Subjects: Financial investments | Investment of public funds | Public retirement systems | University of Houston |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 h816 7
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [94 pages  File size: 2,532 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study all local public pension systems with detailed information for Fort Worth, Houston, El Paso, Austin, and Dallas. Include fiscal condition, actuarial soundness, participation requirements, benefit levels, investment policies, and general administrative practices.
2. Study all police and firefighter plans. Include the same information stated above
3. Comment on the definition and importance of actuarial soundness.
4. Comment specifically on the strengths of each state pension system with recommendations for improvements.
5. State the type of information that should be included in actuarial reports and elaborate on the importance of periodic reporting.
6. Touch on the University of Houston investment problems being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Try to discover if such transactions are being made by the pension systems in their investment practices.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Public Pension Plans, House Joint
Title: Joint committee studies.
Library Call Number: LRL
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View document [7 pages]
Committee: Senate Investment Practices of State Funds, Investigation
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Investment practices of the Teacher Retirement System, Employees Retirement System, Permanent School Fund, Permanent University Fund : a report to the 57th Legislature pursuant to Senate Resolution no. 566, 56th Legislature.
Subjects: Employees Retirement System of Texas | Fund management | Investment of public funds | Permanent School Fund, Texas | Permanent University Fund | Teacher Retirement System of Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.56 UN3
Session: 56th R.S. (1959)
Online version: View report [86 pages  File size: 3,431 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The committee shall have full powers to investigate in any manner deemed advisable by said Committee, the investment practices, purchases, and handling of the funds of the Teacher Retirement System, the Permanent School Fund, the Employees Retirement Fund, and the University of Texas Fund.
Committee: House State Departments and Permanent School Fund, Special
Title: Report - Permanent School Fund
Library Catalog Title: Reports
Subjects: Investment of public funds | Permanent School Fund, Texas |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 44th Leg. R.S. 2782 (1935)
Session: 44th R.S. (1935)
Online version: View report [21 pages  File size: 1,314 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Investigate the investment of money from the Permanent School fund in refunding bonds. *
Committee: Joint Central Investigating Committee
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: Report
Subjects: Agriculture, Texas Department of | Attorney General of Texas | Bachelor's degrees | Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas | Courts | Education Agency, Texas | General Land Office | Higher education | Highway Department, Texas State | Investment of public funds | Juvenile detention facilities | Legislative staff | Library & Archives Commission, Texas State | Office of the Governor | Prairie View A&M University | Prison farms | Prison labor | Prisons | Quarantines | Rabies | Railroad Commission of Texas | Sam Houston State University | Secretary of State, Texas | Southwest Texas State University | State agencies | State agency budgets | State land | State purchasing | Tarleton State University | Tax administration | Teacher training | Texas A&M University | Texas A&M University - Commerce | Texas Woman's University | Treasury Department, Texas State | University of North Texas at Denton | University of Texas at Austin | University of Texas at El Paso | University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston | Veterinary Medical Examiners, Texas State Board of | West Texas A&M University |
Library Call Number: L1836.35 In8r / H.J. of Tex., 35th Leg., 4th C.S. 228 (1918)
Session: 35th R.S. (1917)
Online version: View report [58 pages]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. To make a through investigation into the affairs of all departments of the state and every state institution. *
Committee: House First National Bank of Austin, Investigate
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of Special Committee to make certain investigation concerning First National Bank of Austin.
Subjects: Banks and banking | Investment of public funds | Treasury Department, Texas State |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 27th Leg., 1st C.S. 76 (1901)
Session: 27th R.S. (1901)
Online version: View report [2 pages  File size: 69 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Investigate the alleged deposit with the First National Bank of Austin of State public funds by the State Treasurer and Secretary of State. *
Supporting documents
Committee: House First National Bank of Austin, Investigate
Title: Testimony
Library Catalog Title: Report of Special Committee to make certain investigation concerning First National Bank of Austin.
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 27th Leg., 1st C.S. 76 (1901)
Session: 27th R.S. (1901)
Online version: View document [21 pages  File size: 1,348 kb]
Committee: House Comptroller and Treasurer's Offices, Select
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: [Report].
Subjects: Available School Fund, Texas | Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas | Federal funds | Investment of public funds | Military spending | Permanent School Fund, Texas | State employees | Treasury Department, Texas State |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 12th Leg., R.S., 1546 (1871)
Session: 12th 1st C.S. (1870)
Online version: View report [15 pages]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Examine the office of the Comptroller and the Treasurer.

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

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