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Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Broadband technology | Cable telecommunications providers | Comptroller of Public Accounts campaigns and elections | Computer networks | Computers | Council on Competitive Government | Electric Reliability Council of Texas | Electric utilities | Electricity supplies | Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. | Health and Human Services Commission, Texas | Information Resources, Texas Department of | Mercury | Occupational licenses | Privatization | Public Utility Commission of Texas | Railroad Commission of Texas | Rules and regulations | State agencies | State government contracts | State land | State purchasing | Texas Facilities Commission | Transboundary pollution |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 St29h
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [78 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the issue of resource adequacy in the Texas electricity market, federal and state interventions in the marketplace that may be negatively impacting future adequacy, and the best way to maintain resource adequacy.
2. Examine whether current law ensures broadband provider access to an electric cooperative's utility poles and facilities pursuant to reasonable, cost-based, and nondiscriminatory rates, terms, and conditions. Study methods for improving access to electric cooperative utility poles to reduce unnecessary costs and delays for the delivery of broadband service to Texas consumers.
3. Examine areas of potential privatization of state services in an effort to achieve a higher level of service and greater efficiency for Texas taxpayers. (Joint with the House Committee on Government Efficiency & Reform)
4. Identify inefficiencies in the regulation of public utilities in order to minimize the cost of regulation to consumers.
5. Examine methods of cloud computing technology to streamline agency operations and generate greater efficiencies for more cost-effective operations. (Joint with the House Committee on Technology)
6. Examine state agency rulemaking and consider ways to improve procedural efficiencies and public transparency, and to better inform policymakers as to their use, purpose, and cost-effectiveness, including an examination of the financial and other impacts such regulations have on both the license holder and the public. (Joint with the House Committee on Government Efficiency & Reform)
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including the implementation of SB 1048 regarding public-private partnerships on state-owned property.
8. Study how businesses seeking to provide goods or services to the state interact with state agencies. Consider whether additional procedures are needed to ensure that goods and services obtained by the state are the best value. Determine whether additional disclosure and reporting requirements are necessary to ensure transparency, accountability, and to promote ethical business practices.
Committee: House Ways and Means
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Ways & Means, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2010 : a report to the House of Representatives, 82nd Texas Legislature
Subjects: Administrative Hearings, State Office of | Appraisal review boards | Business taxes | Cable telecommunications providers | Comptroller of Public Accounts campaigns and elections | Margins tax | Property tax exemptions | Sales tax exemptions | Sales taxes | Satellite communications | State administrative hearings | Tax appraisals |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 W368
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [128 pages  File size: 1,365 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the revised franchise tax and identify changes to simplify the tax and improve compliance and fairness.
2. Examine the state's major tax exemptions to determine how the current costs and benefits compare with the original legislative objectives. Make recommendations for adjustments as needed.
3. Study methods for improving the quality and uniformity of, and communications to taxpayers about, property tax appraisals.
4. Evaluate the impact of the transfer of administrative law judges from the Comptroller's Office to the State Office of Administrative Hearings on the dispute resolution process.
5. Study the tax structure as applied to cable versus satellite service to determine if any unfair competition results from state tax policies.
6. Monitor the implementation of property tax appraisal and alternative valuation appeal reforms enacted by the 81st Legislature.
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Regulated Industries
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Regulated Industries, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2006 : a report to the House of Representatives, 80th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Alternative energy | Cable telecommunications providers | Coal-fired power plants | Electric Reliability Council of Texas | Electric utility deregulation | Energy policy | Nuclear power plants | Providers of last resort | Public Utility Commission of Texas | Rights of way | Telecommunications deregulation | Underground utility lines |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 R265
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [29 pages  File size: 7,157 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Gather and review information on the generation capacity and fuel diversity of the Texas electric market. Recommend changes to Texas law that would encourage new investment and technological innovation in emerging energy fields, such as clean coal and next generation nuclear technologies.
2. Examine the effects of retail competition on the Texas electric market including provider of last resort options for residential customers. Recommend changes to Texas law, including incentives for market participants and residential customers.
3. Monitor the implementation of the state-issued cable and video franchise system. Recommend updates that would further encourage competition and economic investment in the Texas broadband cable and video market.
4. Research and report on the transition to competition of incumbent telecommunications providers in Texas, and examine the effects of deregulation on local level competition, pricing and service offerings. Recommend changes to Texas law that would support further deregulation of the Texas telecommunications market.
5. Study the current repayment mechanism to the county or municipality for utility relocations in the public rights-of-way. Report on the number of relocations statewide each year, total estimated costs for relocations, associated impacts with relocations, and possible alternative systems for funding utility relocations and associated impacts.
6. Review current industry mechanisms used to provide compensation to municipalities for use of the public rights-of-way, specifically whether all inter-modal communications providers receive equal treatment under the current system, and whether all providers of communications services pay for use of the public rights-of-way. Recommend possible alternative compensation systems.
7. Examine the feasibility of additional nuclear generated power in Texas, focusing on supply and demand issues, current state nuclear projects, and possible federal government assistance. (Joint interim charge with energy resources)
8. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
9. Examine issues related to the creation and purchase of out-of-state renewable energy credits by non-ERCOT Texas utilities and determine possible alternatives for establishing a regional approach that does not allow the double-counting of renewable energy credits for non-ERCOT utilities to meet their renewable goals.
Committee: House Business and Commerce
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Business climate | Cable telecommunications providers | Corporate governance | Deafness and hearing impairments | Job training programs | Municipalities | Privatization | Telephone service |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 B964
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View report [39 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the problems associated with the business climate of Texas inner cities and identify potential solutions.
2. Study trade practices and competition involving the transmission of cable television programming in Texas.
3. Study the implementation of HB 174 relating to the regulation of certain telephone services.
4. Study the Job Training Partnership Act.
5. Study competition practices between government entities and private enterprise.
6. Study the effect and feasibility of state legislation governing hostile corporate takeovers of domestic corporations.
Committee:  
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 72nd Texas Legislature / Committee on Business & Commerce.
Subjects: Business loans | Cable telecommunications providers | Job training programs | Mergers and acquisitions | Minority-owned/women-owned businesses | Persons with disabilities | Privatization | Small businesses |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 b964
Session: ()
Online version: View report [38 pages  File size: 1,908 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To monitor all activities and to have budget oversight responsibilities for the agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 3.
2. To study problems associated with the business climate of Texas' inner cities and identify potential solutions.
3. To study trade practices and competition involving the transmission of cable television programming in Texas.
4. To study the Job Training Partnership Act program (joint with the Government Organization Committee).
5. To study competition practices between government entities and private enterprise.
6. To study the implementation of HB 174, 71st Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the regulation of certain telephone services.
7. To study the effect and feasibility of state legislation governing hostile corporate takeovers of domestic corporations.

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