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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 27, 2022 list Print (PDF)

"The Far Right's new 'education' plan is plain old censorship." Church & State, January 2022, p. 15
Discusses recent censorship attempts and challenges to curriculum in public schools. Mentions Governor Greg Abbott and Representative Matt Krause.
See: https://www.au.org/church-state/january-2022-churc ...
"Law enforcement: Refunding the police." Economist, January 15th-21st, 2022, pp. 19-20
Examines why cities have backed away from defunding police budgets and how the increase in violent crime will impact criminal justice reform efforts.
See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/01/15 ...
"The oil industry: The new great game." Economist, January 15th-21st, 2022, pp. 54-56
Examines how international and American oil companies are addressing issues related to green power generation, decarbonization, as well as increasing pressure to apply green filters to their investments.
See: https://www.economist.com/business/can-big-oils-bo ...
"Cybersecurity and Texas." By Spencer Grubbs. Fiscal Notes, December 2021-January 2022, pp. 8-10
Discusses the recent rise in cyberattacks, particularly those targeting supply chains, as well as government entities and small businesses reliant on interconnected digital technologies. Estimates 2020 cybercrime financial losses at $313.6 million in Texas and $4.2 billion in the U.S. Highlights recent Texas cybersecurity initiatives established by SB 475, 87th Legislature, R.S.
See: https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/fiscal-notes ...
See: https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/fiscal-notes ...
"The Good for Texas tour: Supply chains." By David Green, et al. Fiscal Notes, December 2021-January 2022, pp. 1, 3-7
Discusses the risks and resilience of global supply chains and their relationship to Texas supply chains. Describes Comptroller Glenn Hegar's recent tour of Texas businesses with strong trade relations and supply chains representing their respective industries, including Texas Instruments (semiconductors), General Motors (automobiles), Dow Chemical (chemical manufacturing), Sysco (food), and USA Rare Earth LLC (mineral resources), and one port of entry for international trade, the Anzalduas International Bridge.
See: https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/fiscal-notes ...
"New state consumer protections against medical debt." By Christopher T. Robertson, Mark Rukavina, and Erin C. Fuse Brown. JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), January 11, 2022, pp. 121-122
Highlights 2021 legislation from Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, and New Mexico that created or strengthened consumer financial protections in health care. Argues these laws are some of the strongest to date and may serve as a model for other states and federal policy. Includes a supplemental table comparing the bills.
See: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/ ...
"Firearm homicides and suicides in major metropolitan areas — United States, 2015–2016 and 2018–2019." By Scott R. Kegler, et al. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), January 7, 2022, pp. 14-18
Provides firearm homicide and suicide rates in large metropolitan areas, including Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Discusses rates specific to youths and young adults, factors affecting the rates, and the need for comprehensive prevention efforts.
See: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/wr/pdfs/mm7101 ...
"Decline in perinatal mortality in the United States, 2017–2019." By Claudia P. Valenzuela, Elizabeth C.W. Gregory, and Joyce A. Martin. NCHS (National Center for Health Statistics) Data Brief, January 2022, pp. 1-8
Notes perinatal mortality — late fetal deaths and early neonatal deaths — can be an indicator of health care quality. Finds the U.S. perinatal mortality rate declined by four percent from 2017 to 2019, while the rate in Texas declined by eleven percent during the same period.
See: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db429.pdf
"New data: The changes in prisons, jails, probation, and parole in the first year of the pandemic." By Wendy Sawyer. Prison Policy Initiative, January 11, 2022, pp. 1-11
Analyzes and contextualizes recent reports released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics on incarceration and parole levels in the U.S. through 2020 and 2021. Reports that decreases in jail populations during the COVID-19 pandemic appear to be reversing and prison deaths increased by 46 percent nationwide.
Report at: https://bjs.ojp.gov/content/pub/pdf/p20st.pdf
Report at: https://bjs.ojp.gov/content/pub/pdf/ppus20.pdf
See: https://www.prisonpolicy.org/blog/2022/01/11/bjs_u ...
"The Safe System Approach: How states and cities are saving lives." By Chimai Ngo and et. al. Public Roads, Winter 2022, pp. 30-35
Describes how two states (California and Washington) and two cities (Philadelphia and Portland, Oregon), committed to the goal of zero traffic deaths, are employing the Safe System Approach to address safety for all road users.
See: https://cms8.fhwa.dot.gov/sites/fhwa.dot.gov/files ...
"How effective are cloth face masks?" By Ian T.T. Liu, Vinay Prasad, and Jonathan J. Darrow. Regulation (CATO Institute), January 10, 2022, pp. 32-36
Summarizes scientific literature on the effectiveness of cloth masking, both against COVID-19 and respiratory infection generally.
See: https://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/2022-01/ ...
"County dependence on monetary sanctions: Implications for women's incarceration." By Kate K. O'Neill, Tyler Smith, and Ian Kennedy. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, January 2022, pp. 157-172
Notes that although incarceration rates in the U.S. are trending downward, nationally, women's incarceration rates are rising. Proposes this can be partially explained by county dependence on monetary sanctions as a source of revenue, especially for low-level offenses. Studies these trends using data from counties in Washington state.
See: https://www.rsfjournal.org/content/rsfjss/8/2/157. ...
"Texas joblessness persists above U.S. rate, weighing on Black, Hispanic workers." By Anil Kumar. Southwest Economy (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), Fourth Quarter 2021, pp. 8-11, 16
Analyzes the Texas unemployment rate before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the evolving gender gap, and the disproportionate effect of unemployment on both Black and Hispanic workers.
See: https://www.dallasfed.org/~/media/documents/resear ...
"Solar, wind, and other split estate issues: An oil and gas perspective." By Robert M. Park and Ryan M. Lammert. State Bar of Texas: Oil, Gas and Energy Resources, November 2021, pp. 27-38
Describes common conflicts among owners of severed or split estates on the same piece of private property. Considers how this applies to surface, mineral, and groundwater estates. Discusses how courts have tried to balance competing uses among owners. Cites relevant Texas court cases, statutes, and rules.
"Cities and states find new ways to tax streaming services." By Elaine S. Povich. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), January 18, 2022, pp. 1-3
Discusses new taxing strategies of cities and states to replace revenue from cable franchise fees by folding streaming services into existing sales tax structures. Mentions lawsuits filed by several Texas cities against streaming companies like Netflix and Hulu to ensure right of way compensation.
See: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis ...
"Speaking out: Landmark legislation and reform: Dustin Burrows, Texas Representative, House District 83." Texas Builder, January/February 2022, pp. 28-29
Interviews Representative Dustin Burrows about the political climate of the 87th Legislature, the residential construction industry, and recent reform of Texas lien laws in HB 2237, 87th Legislature, R.S., and the property tax system in SB 2, 86th Legislature.
See: https://www.texasbuilders.org/site/publisher/files ...
"Wild ride: Lyft belatedly releases troubling sexual assault report." By Quentin Brogdon. Texas Lawyer, January/February 2022, pp. 45-46
Discusses how Uber and Lyft disclose data on reported sexual assaults by ride-hailing drivers. Notes the Lyft report was released well after Uber reported its data on sexual assaults.
Report at: https://assets.ctfassets.net/q8mvene1wzq4/4jxkFTH5 ...