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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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August 12, 2021 list Print (PDF)

"Perspective: The health care jobs recovery stagnates for women in 2021." By Corwin N. Rhyan and Ani Turner. Altarum, August 2, 2021, pp. 1-5
Updates a January 2021 research brief that examined the drop in health care employment in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, comparing the impact on women's and men's jobs in the sector. Finds health care job growth for women in 2021 has turned negative, with 27,000 fewer women employed in health care in May 2021 compared to last December.
See: https://altarum.org/news/health-care-jobs-recovery ...
Report at: https://altarum.org/sites/default/files/uploaded-p ...
"This is the end of affirmative action." By Adam Harris. Atlantic Monthly, September 2021, pp. 16-18
Recounts the history of affirmative action in college admissions and argues for mechanisms beyond race-based admissions initiatives to make college equitable. Argues for greater support for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), including the transfer of endowment money from state flagship universities to HBCUs.
See: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/ ...
"Redistricting will always be contentious. Ask Arizona." By Carrie Levine. Center for Public Integrity, July 15, 2021, pp. 1-8
Examines the public comments received by Arizona's nonpartisan redistricting commission related to selecting a mapping consultant. Suggests the forces sowing doubts about the 2020 election could focus their attention on redistricting to sway future elections.
See: https://publicintegrity.org/politics/nonpartisan-a ...
"What a revolving cast of police chiefs means for reformers." By Henry Gass. Christian Science Monitor, August 9, 2021, pp. 8-9
Investigates the frequency of police chief turnover in American cities, which has increased in the past eighteen months.
See: https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2021/0720/Police-ref ...
"Public finance: House Bill 1869." By Claudia Russel and Gregory Miller. County Progress, August 2021, p. 13
Provides a summary of HB 1869, 87th Legislature, R.S., a bill limiting the definition of "debt" for the purposed of calculating property taxes. Discusses the bill in relation to non-voted debt and debt obligations in the Tax Code.
See: http://dashboard.mazsystems.com/webreader/74525?pa ...
"Ghost guns." Economist, August 7th-13th, 2021, p. 26
Reports various levels of government are beginning to crack down on privately-made firearms that do not have serial numbers, making them difficult to trace when used to commit a crime.
See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2021/08/07 ...
"Arkansas judge pauses ban on school mask mandates after lawmakers fail to act." By Evie Blad. Education Week, August 6, 2021, pp. 1-3
Discusses a preliminary injunction pausing the enforcement of the Arkansas state law that prohibits local officials from setting mask mandates. Addresses the failed efforts by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchison, who signed the bill into law, to reverse it. Mentions other states' policies on mask mandates, including Texas.
See: https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/arkansas-ju ...
"Analysis of the 2020 Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment data for Texas: Key highlights." By Shao-Chee Sim. Episcopal Health Foundation, June 2021, pp. 1-9
Examines data for Texas from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) 2021 open enrollment period (OEP) and compares it to data from the previous seven enrollment periods. Discusses recent enrollment within the context of federal policy changes and the COVID-19 pandemic.
See: https://www.episcopalhealth.org/wp-content/uploads ...
"Making the case for dental coverage for adults in all state Medicaid programs." By Marko Vujicic, et al. Health Policy Institute (American Dental Association), July 2021, pp. 1-17
Discusses financial barriers to dental care and the impact of expanded dental coverage. Notes current state policies and estimates the cost of comprehensive adult dental coverage for those enrolled in Medicaid, including statistics specific to Texas.
See: https://familiesusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07 ...
"Across the energy transition." By Joshua Mann. Houston Business Journal, July 29, 2021, pp. 18-20
Explores the future of the energy industry in Houston, Texas, and how it could adapt to the transition to renewable energy. Explains how this transition may impact both money and jobs in the Texas economy.
"What can employers do to require or encourage workers to get a COVID-19 vaccine?" By Karen Pollitz. Kaiser Family Foundation, August 3, 2021, pp. 1-3
Reviews what employers can and cannot do under current rules to require or encourage vaccination of their workers, highlighting a recent opinion by the U.S. Department of Justice stating that there is no prohibition on vaccination requirements solely due to the vaccines' emergency use authorization (EUA). Mentions state legislation that has been introduced to prohibit or restrict employers from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of work.
Related information at: https://www.justice.gov/olc/file/1415446/download
See: https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/fact-shee ...
Related information at: https://www.nashp.org/state-lawmakers-submit-bills ...
"Chain of command." By Zoƫ Carpenter. Nation, August 9/16, 2021, pp. 22, 24-25, 31
Describes proposed federal legislation on reforming the military justice system. Highlights Vanessa Guillen's murder and the independent commission's report on Fort Hood as factors that brought more support for the legislation.
Report at: https://www.army.mil/e2/downloads/rv7/forthoodrevi ...
"State broadband spending in 2021." By Heather Morton. NCSL Fiscal Brief, August 2, 2021, pp. 1-5
Highlights state laws funding broadband internet access and infrastructure enacted during 2021 legislative sessions. Mentions HB 1505, 87th Legislature, R.S.
See: https://www.ncsl.org/research/fiscal-policy/state- ...
"Accessible transportation state legislative update." By Douglas Shinkle. NCSL LegisBrief, August 2021, pp. 1-2
Highlights state laws and programs that assess accessibility practices and provide mobility options for people with disabilities. Mentions policies related to state transportation accessibility offices, state coordinating councils, and transportation network company accessibility.
See: https://www.ncsl.org/Portals/1/Documents/legisbrie ...
"Laws for prescription drug brokers could soon have teeth." By Michael Ollove. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), August 9, 2021, pp. 1-4
Reports that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, gives states more power to regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).
See: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis ...
Related information at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/18-540 ...