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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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"Where literacy rates go, success follows." By Jesus Chavez. ATPE News (Association of Texas Professional Educators), Fall 2021, pp. 25-27, 38
Explores reading academies or literacy academies mandated through HB 3, 86th Legislature, including their implementation and educators' opinions.
See: https://atpe.org/About-ATPE/News-Media/Magazine/AT ...
"The space race runs through Texas." By Brent Wistrom, Chris Mathews, and Kevin Cummings. Austin Business Journal, September 10-16, 2021, pp. 8, 10-11, 31
Provides a detailed look at recent developments in three of Texas' hottest space technology markets.
See: https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/digital-edition ...
"Fast facts: Economic security for women and families in Texas." By Diana Boesch and Carolyn Sabini. Center for American Progress, August 13, 2021, pp. 1-10
Provides economic policy recommendations specific to Texas to ensure all women and families have quality health care, safe workplaces, equal representation in government, and economic security.
See: https://cdn.americanprogress.org/content/uploads/2 ...
"Climate risk: Hot take." Economist, September 4th-10th, 2021, pp. 59-60
Points out three ways climate change could trigger a financial crisis. Mentions a 2020 report published by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission that argued climate change poses serious risks to the U.S. financial system.
Report at: https://www.cftc.gov/sites/default/files/2020-09/9 ...
See: https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/20 ...
"Who decides what history we teach?" By Sarah Schwartz. Education Week, August 25, 2021, pp. 10-11
Discusses how politics and civic values have influenced decisions about how American history is taught in schools. Addresses new state laws and actions that affect the process in several states, including Texas.
"How to regulate critical race theory in schools: A primer and model legislation." By James Copland. Issue Brief (Manhattan Institute), August 2021, pp. 1-19
Suggests basic principles for policymakers to consider when drafting legislation related to how racial issues are approached in social studies curricula in public schools. Discusses HB 3979, 87th Legislature, R.S., and similar legislation in other states.
See: https://media4.manhattan-institute.org/sites/defau ...
"Driven by debt: The failure of the OmniBase program." Texas Appleseed, August 2021, pp. 1-14
Investigates driver's license holds under the Texas Department of Public Safety's OmniBase Failure to Appear Program, which aims to increase court compliance and collections by compelling ticketed drivers to make a court appearance and pay court debt. Notes legislation passed in 2017 and 2019 to expand access to community service and waivers for Class C and other offenses has not had a negative fiscal impact.
See: https://www.texasappleseed.org/sites/default/files ...
"All employees covered by new sexual harassment protection in Texas." By Elsa Ramos. Texas Business Today, Second and Third Quarter 2021, pp. 7-8
Informs employers about recent updates to Texas' sexual harassment law and the statute of limitations for sexual harassment complaints. Notes specific changes to Texas Labor Code, Chapter 21, Employment Discrimination.
See: https://www.twc.texas.gov/files/businesses/tbt-2nd ...
"Obstacles to clear." By Joey Berlin. Texas Medicine, September 2021, pp. 30-33
Examines the barriers to physicians playing a greater role in addressing the social determinants of health, noting a 2019 Journal of the American Medical Association survey on how often physicians and hospitals screen for five social needs. Discusses a related bill that would have required a five-year Medicaid pilot program to address certain social determinants of health, HB 4365, 87th Legislature, R.S. Quotes the bill's author, Representative Tom Oliverson.
Related information at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/f ...
See: https://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=57611
"Trends in state funding and tuition revenue for public higher education: 1980-2020." By Andrew Gillen. Texas Public Policy Foundation, July 2021, pp. 1-20
Uses data collected by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association as part of their annual State Higher Education Finance (SHEF) report to analyze changes in state funding for higher education. Argues inflation-adjusted state funding has increased from 1980 through 2020 and recovered from cuts made during the Great Recession.
See: https://files.texaspolicy.com/uploads/2021/07/2611 ...
Related information at: https://shef.sheeo.org/past-shef-reports/
"Texas groundwater: Balancing individual property rights with a depleting natural resource." By Kathryn Linnartz. Texas Tech Law Review, Summer 2021, pp. 773-807 (Note Length)
Provides an overview of groundwater law in Texas, including discussion of groundwater conservation districts and the similarities and differences with oil and gas law. Argues the Texas Legislature should amend Texas Water Code, Chapter 36, to allow the Texas Water Development Board to centrally regulate groundwater.
Related information at: https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/WA/htm/WA. ...
"Deep questions." By Aryn Baker. Time, September 13-20, 2021, pp. 60-69
Examines the promise and perils of deep-sea mining polymetallic nodules, formations that contain significant amounts of the metals needed to make batteries. Presents opposing views on whether this type of mineral extraction could solve climate change by contributing to the replacement of fossil fuels or irreversibly damage the ocean and the environment.