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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 Business and Industry
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Business & Industry, Texas House of Representatives interim report, December 2010 : a report to the House of Representatives, 82nd Texas Legislature
Subjects: Employment | Homeowners' associations | Liability | Manufacturing | Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund | Unemployment taxes | Workers' compensation | Workplace safety |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 B964
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [83 pages  File size: 10,965 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine Title 11 of the Texas Property Code to determine if the various independent statutes are sufficient to protect the interest of homeowners and homeowners associations. Consider whether Title 11 should be consolidated with other laws.
2. Study and report on third-party liability issues involving workers' compensation, including the frequency and success rates of third party litigation, the relationship, if any, between third-party litigation and jobsite safety, the adequacy of compensation and reimbursement to workers, and the economic costs of third-party litigation and equitable and contractual subrogation in construction activities. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
3. Review the Unemployment Compensation Fund and its impact on business taxpayers to determine whether changes may be made to stabilize the fund in times of economic contraction without imposing an undue economic burden on businesses. Determine whether modernizations should be implemented to make the fund more efficient and effective. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Technology, Economic Development, and Workforce
4. Examine ways to increase the creation of jobs in the Texas manufacturing industry.
5. Monitor the agencies and programs 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, 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, 2004 : a report to the House of Representatives, 79th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Job training programs | Ports | Rural economic development | Skills Development/Smart Jobs Fund | Tourism | Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund | Workers' compensation |
Library Call Number: L1836/78 Ec74h
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [56 pages  File size: 308 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate job training programs offered by the state and whether the state's efforts have been negatively impacted by the loss of the Smart Jobs program. Study the role of career and technology job training programs and their effectiveness in adult education programs, job retraining programs, post-secondary education and high school programs. Recommend legislative changes to enhance job training programs or provide incentives for business recruitment and retention.
2. Review the state's role in tourism and the effects of moving tourism functions within the Governor's office under SB 275, 78th Legislature, Regular Session. Examine how the state can assist rural communities in the promotion of tourism.
3. Actively monitor the status of the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. Review the impact of legislative changes enacted by SB 280, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, on funding of the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund.
4. Study how businesses currently view the Texas Workers' Compensation System and whether it deters business growth or expansion into Texas. Study any reforms that could be used as an incentive for economic development, business recruitment or business retention.
5. Study the role that Texas ports have in the economic growth of the state and how the state can partner with ports in developing trade, business recruitment and relocation and the transportation of goods and services both in domestic and foreign markets.
6. Evaluate the state's role in serving economic development interests in rural Texas after the passage of SB 275, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, and other economic development legislation from the 78th Legislature.
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, with special attention paid to the agencies' implementation of sunset legislation.
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.

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