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The Legislative Reference Library produces a weekly list of current journal articles for members of the legislative community. Each week, librarians select and abstract articles of interest to the legislature from the latest issues of over 300 journals, newsletters, state documents, and trade publications. Electronic copies of the Current Articles list are distributed to legislative offices each Friday.

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"The demographic and economic impacts of DACA recipients: Fall 2021 edition." By Nicole Prchal Svajlenka and Trinh Truong. Center for American Progress, November 24, 2021, pp. 1-5
Provides national and state data on recipients in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, including demographics and fiscal and economic contributions. Notes 343,000 DACA recipients were employed in essential jobs according to recent surveys.
See: https://americanprogress.org/article/the-demograph ...
"County jail telemental health care." By Eric Hensley. County Progress, November 2021, pp. 18, 51
Describes the mental health services Washington County Jail provides to inmates. Discusses the telehealth counseling services arranged with Texas A&M University.
See: https://dashboard.mazsystems.com/webreader/75988?p ...
"Utilizing American Rescue Plan funds." CSG Capitol Ideas, Issue 4 2021, pp. 6-7
Outlines provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support persons with disabilities, including home-and community-based services for students with disabilities, home and food security, and employment opportunities. Highlights innovative and inclusive workforce approaches in Colorado and Nevada.
See: https://issuu.com/csg.publications/docs/ci_issue_4 ...
Related information at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house ...
"Diagnosing dementia: Knowing the worst." Economist, November 13th-19th, 2021, pp. 79-80
Discusses recent developments that make it easier and less expensive to diagnose dementia. Expresses concern about the ability of the world's health care systems to cope as the number of people with dementia increases.
See: https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/i ...
"Government spending: The great embiggening." Economist, November 20th-26th, 2021, pp. 23-24, 26
Explains the driving forces behind the growth in government spending.
See: https://www.economist.com/briefing/2021/11/20/gove ...
"Is censuring a 'rogue' school board member a free speech violation? High court to decide." By Mark Walsh. Education Week, October 27, 2021, p. 6
Provides background information on U.S. Supreme Court case Houston Community College System v. Wilson, which addresses whether the First Amendment free speech clause can be used to limit the authority of a community college board to censure its own members.
Related information at: https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/houst ...
"Federal report: Foster care, adoptions dropped in 2020." By John Kelly. Imprint, November 17, 2021, pp. 1-2
Presents recent federal child welfare data on foster care, family reunifications, and adoptions, according to the latest annual report of the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System [AFCARS], published by the Children's Bureau, an office of the Administration for Children and Families. Includes state-level statistics found within state data tables in the Children's Bureau's related report and data visualization.
See: https://imprintnews.org/youth-services-insider/fed ...
Related information at: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/trends-in-fost ...
Report at: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/docume ...
"Good enough for government work?" By Clifford Winston. Milken Institute Review, Fourth Quarter 2021, pp. 24-35
Considers the efficiency of government policies and why they are rarely improved or reformed. Discusses the political economy models of government, comprised of both "demanders" of policy, who try to purchase influence through lobbying and campaign contributions, and "suppliers" of policy, including elected officials and government employees.
See: https://www.milkenreview.org/articles/good-enough- ...
"Impact of hospital strain on excess deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic — United States, July 2020–July 2021." By Geoffrey French, et al. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), November 19, 2021, pp. 1613-1616
Examines the relationship between hospital strain and excess deaths from July 2020 to July 2021 in the United States, assessing the impact of COVID-19 surges on hospital system operations. Notes a number of factors stressing the health care system. Argues state leaders could evaluate ways to reduce strain on public health and health care infrastructures.
See: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/pdfs/mm7046 ...
"The high cost to Texas of Census 2020 undercounts." By M. Ray Perryman. Perryman Report and Texas Letter, Vol. 38, No. 9, pp. 1-7
Estimates the potential direct costs of a Census 2020 undercount in Texas, as well as the total economic and downstream costs of a significant undercount.
"We need FERC transmission incentive policies that exist today: How to drive capital investment." By Nina Plaushin. Public Utilities Fortnightly, October 1, 2021, pp. 24-26
Argues the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC] should continue its incentive policies for transmission investment and development in order to meet clean-powered energy needs. Refers to FERC's proposed reforms from 2020 and 2021.
Related information at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/ ...
Related information at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/04/ ...
See: https://www.fortnightly.com/fortnightly/2021/10/we ...
"Is the pandemic housing frenzy over?" By Luis B. Torres. Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, November 11, 2021, pp. 1-6
Reviews several recent housing market indicators of single-family home sales, inventory, and mortgages, and concludes that exuberant home price-growth in Texas could be coming to an end. Notes single-family home sales peaked in Texas, Houston, and San Antonio at the beginning of 2021, and Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth peaked in fourth quarter 2020.
See: https://assets.recenter.tamu.edu/Documents/Article ...
"Speaking out: Texas Legislature passes sweeping reform: Bryan Hughes, Texas Senate, District 1." Texas Builder, November/December 2021, pp. 20-21
Interviews Senator Bryan Hughes about recent energy code legislation affecting home builders (HB 3215, 87th Legislature, R.S.) and property tax reform. Includes a biographical sketch of Senator Hughes.
See: https://www.texasbuilders.org/site/publisher/files ...
"Making the right call." By Sean Price. Texas Medicine, November 2021, pp. 26-28, 30
Highlights the Texas Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN) program, created by the Texas Legislature in 2019, that provides pediatricians and family physicians with telephone consultations and training on community psychiatry.
See: https://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=58071
"Locked up and left to die." By Michael Barajas and Sophie Novack. Texas Observer, November 1, 2021, pp. 1-12
Details the results of an investigation into over 1,100 county jail deaths in Texas since 2010. Reports that despite significant evidence of misconduct, medical neglect, unsafe conditions, and abuse by jail staff, few investigations led by the Texas Rangers have resulted in criminal charges. Addresses the failure of jails to meet minimum state standards and attempts by the Texas Legislature to regulate and improve jail conditions, including the creation of the Commission on Jail Standards (HB 272, 64th Legislature) in 1975 and enactment of the Sandra Bland Act (SB 1849, 85th Legislature, R.S.) in 2017.
See: https://www.texasobserver.org/locked-up-and-left-t ...
"Out of thin air: Pros and cons in the search for water." By Harold D. Hunt. Tierra Grande, Fall 2021, pp. 2-4
Discusses three methods of securing potable water that could aid regions of Texas where water is in short supply. Examines the benefits and drawbacks of rainwater harvesting, reverse osmosis, and atmospheric water generation.
See: https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/articles/tierra-gran ...