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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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January 20, 2022 list Print (PDF)

"Strengthening the direct care workforce: Scan of state strategies." By Hannah Ward, et al. Center for Health Care Strategies, December 2021, pp. 1-9
Notes the challenges currently facing direct care workers (DCWs), individuals responsible for the majority of the hands-on care for older adults and people with disabilities. Highlights examples of state strategies aimed at strengthening the direct care workforce. Includes links to state legislation and training programs.
See: https://www.chcs.org/media/Strengthening-the-Direc ...
"To promote equity, states should invest more TANF dollars in basic assistance." By Diana Azevedo-McCaffrey and Ali Safawi. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, January 12, 2022, pp. 1-22
Examines recent state spending trends for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. Finds many states use the flexibility of TANF to divert funds away from basic assistance to other unrelated areas of the state budget. Discusses Texas as one of the states that illustrates many of the issues with TANF spending.
See: https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/atoms/fil ...
"Legal scholars outline problems with court-sponsored prayer in brief to appeals court." Church & State, January 2022, pp. 18-19
Highlights a court brief offered by historians and legal scholars advising a federal appeals court to rule that Texas Judge Wayne Mack's courtroom prayer practice is unconstitutional.
Related information at: https://ffrf.org/uploads/legal/Amicusbriefforschol ...
See: https://www.au.org/church-state/january-2022-churc ...
"The Republican Party: In his image." Economist, January 1st-7th, 2022, pp. 16-18
Reports the Republican Party is well-placed to regain at least one congressional chamber with or without former President Donald Trump at the helm.
See: https://www.economist.com/briefing/2022/01/01/the- ...
"The impact of household health insurance coverage gains on children’s achievement in Iowa: Evidence from the ACA." By George L. Wehby. Health Affairs, January 2022, pp. 35-43
Studies the effect of Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance coverage expansions on the academic achievement of children in low-income households in Iowa. Finds an increase in reading scores after three years. Argues the broader spillover benefits from insurance coverage gains should inform policy debate, particularly for states that have not yet expanded Medicaid.
See: https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/10.1377/hlthaff. ...
"Texas still no. 1 for new turbines." By Emily Burleson. Houston Business Journal, December 31, 2021-January 6, 2022, p. 6
Explains Texas added more clean power installations than any other state in 2021, mostly in the form of wind turbines, and expects to add more battery storage in 2022.
"The porch pirate problem." By Drew McKay. Houston Law Review, Fall 2021, pp. 455-478
Examines the scope of porch piracy, when a package is stolen from a residence after it has been delivered by the carrier. Reviews state laws aimed at deterring this type of theft, highlighting Texas Penal Code, Section 31.20. Argues the private sector should play a larger role in combating porch piracy though civil action.
See: https://houstonlawreview.org/article/30086-the-por ...
Related information at: https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/PE/htm/PE. ...
"Outside experts give Texas roadmap to decrease sky-high rates of foster kids sleeping in offices, hotels." By Sara Tiano. The Imprint: Youth & Family News, January 12, 2022, pp. 1-4
Describes the set of recommendations presented by a panel of independent child welfare experts in the Texas foster care lawsuit, including a reduction in congregate care and increased access to mental health care.
See: https://imprintnews.org/top-stories/texas-to-decre ...
Report at: https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/ ...
"Interior advocates raising royalties and other fees for oil and gas on federal lands." By Alan Kovski. Oil and Gas Journal, December 6, 2021, p. 35
Discusses the U.S. Department of the Interior's Report on the Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Program, required by President Biden's Executive Order 14008 of January 27, 2021.
Report at: https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/report-on- ...
Related information at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-02-01/ ...
"West Texas seismic activity constrains saltwater well injection." By Alex Procyk. Oil and Gas Journal, December 6, 2021, pp. 38-40, 42-43
Reports on recent seismic activity in West Texas. Explains the Railroad Commission of Texas' response, including actions to limit saltwater disposal [SWD] injection activity. Refers to 16 Texas Administrative Code §3.9, Disposal Wells and §3.46, Fluid Injection into Productive Reservoirs.
Related information at: https://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext. ...
Related information at: https://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext. ...
Related information at: https://www.rrc.texas.gov/media/4ryp5kqr/nto-garde ...
"Largest Texas metros lure big-city, coastal migrants during pandemic." By Wenli Li and Yichen Su. Southwest Economy (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), Fourth Quarter 2021, pp. 2-7
Presents a demographic analysis of pandemic-related migration to Texas, including the influx to Texas' four largest cities, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin, often from the nation's largest cities. Discusses the role of remote work and the inflow to suburban areas.
See: https://www.dallasfed.org/~/media/documents/resear ...
"Federal aid is propping up child care. It isn't a long-term fix." By Sophie Quinton. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), January 12, 2022, pp. 1-5
Examines how states propose to use federal child care aid to bolster child care businesses and retain workers.
See: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis ...
"State courts are refining the concept of 'psychological parent.'" By Elisa M. Reiter and Daniel Pollack. Texas Lawyer, January 5, 2022, pp. 1-12
Questions whether Congress and state legislators should take further action to assure that "psychological parents" (non-biological parents) have child custody rights.
See: https://www.law.com/texaslawyer/2022/01/05/state-c ...