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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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"Automatic license plate readers: Legal status and policy recommendations for law enforcement use." By Ángel Díaz and Rachel Levinson-Waldman. Brennan Center for Justice, September 10, 2020, pp. 1-24
Discusses the use of automatic license plate readers [ALPRs] by law enforcement agencies and highlights recent related case law. Examines a number of policy concerns, including error rates, personal privacy, data security, and transparency, and provides recommendations for policymakers.
See: https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-re ...
"Management, operating structure, efficiencies, and opportunities and challenges of transferring the driver license program." Center for Transportation Research, The University of Texas at Austin, August 27, 2020, pp. 1-4
Summarizes key findings and recommendations of the study required by SB616, 86th Legislature, and the General Appropriations Act to evaluate the Driver's License Program operated by the Department of Public Safety's [DPS] Driver License Division [DLD].
See: https://ctr.utexas.edu/wp-content/uploads/iac/DPS_ ...
Report at: https://ctr.utexas.edu/wp-content/uploads/iac/DPS_ ...
"Education and skills training may ease transition to adulthood for young people involved in foster care." By Rachel Rosenberg, Maia O'Meara, and Mya' Sanders. Child Trends, September 15, 2020, pp. 1-4
Discusses recent data from the National Youth in Transition Database [NYTD] report to Congress and related research on the importance of education and employment support for young people transitioning out of foster care into adulthood. Highlights young people's connection to education and employment by race or ethnicity, gender, and young parenthood.
See: https://www.childtrends.org/publications/education ...
"The state of the MBA in North Texas." By Bill Hethcock. Dallas Business Journal, September 18, 2020, pp. 8-9
Examines the Master of Business Administration [MBA] landscape nationally and in North Texas. Notes the pandemic has accelerated the movement to online, more flexible, and more customizable MBA programs.
"New Census data shows states beat revenue expectations in FY 2020." By Jared Walczak. Fiscal Fact (Tax Foundation), September 2020, pp. 1-8
Discusses a 5.5 percent decline in state tax collections in fiscal year 2020, but finds a general rebound in sales tax collections after an initial drop during stay-at-home orders.
See: https://files.taxfoundation.org/20200918112704/New ...
"Not enough to eat: COVID-19 deepens America's hunger crisis." By Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach. Food Research & Action Center, September 2020, pp. 1-10
Examines the demographics of hunger during the COVID-19 economic crisis, including hunger rates by state. Discusses the importance of federal nutrition support programs like the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer [P-EBT] program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP], formerly food stamps. Contrasts the concept of "not enough to eat" with the United States Department of Agriculture's food insecurity rate.
See: https://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/Not-Enough-to- ...
"Texas prepares for $26 million hit on residential foster care." By Roxanna Asgarian. Imprint, September 22, 2020, pp. 1-2
Describes the potential effects of residential foster care requirements of the Family First Prevention Services Act [FFPSA] in Texas. Notes the Department of Family and Protective Services [DFPS] strategic plan on FFPSA, released in September, estimates a loss of $26 million in federal funds if Texas does not upgrade congregate care facilities.
Report at: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/About_DFPS/Reports_and ...
See: https://imprintnews.org/foster-care/texas-prepares ...
Related information at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house ...
"Telehealth success spurs a call for greater post–COVID-19 license portability." By Anita Slomski. JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), September 15, 2020, pp. 1021-1022
Discusses the issues some physicians have encountered in obtaining temporary medical licenses in other states for conducting telemedicine visits during the pandemic. Examines the role of state boards in licensing physicians and notes about 152,000 physicians have licenses in 2 states and nearly 65,000 are licensed in 3 or more.
See: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/ ...
"Hurricane evacuation laws in eight southern U.S. coastal states — December 2018." By Judy Kruger, et al. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), September 11, 2020, pp. 1233-1237
Analyzes the evacuation policies in eight southern coastal states, including Texas. Finds that only four have laws that require informing racially and ethnically diverse populations and persons with disabilities and functional needs of emergency evacuation plans.
See: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6936a1.ht ...
"How technology affects instruction for English learners." By Jennifer Altavilla. Phi Delta Kappan, September 2020, pp. 18-23
Raises concerns about the digital divide faced by English learners [ELs] in online and distance education.
See: https://kappanonline.org/how-technology-affects-in ...
"Unemployment during the pandemic: How to avoid going for broke." By Mark Duggan, Audrey Guo, and Andrew C. Johnston. Policy Brief (Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research), September 2020, pp. 1-8
Explains how state unemployment insurance programs are financed and the threats to their solvency. Offers reforms to relieve employers of payroll tax increases and to ensure that state unemployment insurance trusts have enough money for future payouts.
See: https://siepr.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/pub ...
"Rethink crisis response." By Sally Satel. Reason, October 2020, pp. 28-31
Cites a Treatment Advocacy Center report stating that between 25 and 50 percent of all people killed annually by police are in the midst of a mental health crisis, and provides examples of programs which provide alternative approaches to safely deal with individuals in crisis. Mentions San Antonio's "Restoration Center" for psychiatric and substance abuse emergencies.
See: https://reason.com/2020/09/13/rethink-crisis-respo ...
Report at: https://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/storage/do ...
"Traffic safety: 2020 impaired-driving trends to watch." By Samantha Bloch. State Legislatures, September 2, 2020, pp. 1-3
Discusses how state legislatures are addressing impaired driving and monitoring repeat offenders.
See: https://www.ncsl.org/research/transportation/traff ...
"Same old hurdles: Pharmacy-mandated obstacles to filling opioid scrips." By Joey Berlin. Texas Medicine, September 2020, pp. 40-41, 43
Highlights some issues physicians and patients are still having in filling opioid prescriptions with large national pharmacies despite the state law requiring all prescribers to check the state’s prescription monitoring program [PMP]. Argues a partial solution may be found in the Texas Legislature requiring increased regulation of pharmacies.
Related information at: https://txpmp.org/
See: https://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=54515
"A contract for public safety: A model for the 21st century." By Currie Myers. Texas Public Policy Foundation, September 2020, pp. 1-8
Argues trust, transparency, and accountability within the criminal justice system are vital parts of community relations. Recommends a Contract for Public Safety that should include: reaffirming police officers' due process rights, limiting collective bargaining, creating an ombudsman system, conducting meaningful performance reviews of police officers, establishing police boards, and creating a federal database to track complaints against officers.
See: https://files.texaspolicy.com/uploads/2020/09/1514 ...