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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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"Adolescent medical decisionmaking rights: Reconciling medicine and law." By Doriane Lambelet Coleman and Philip M. Rosoff. American Journal of Law & Medicine, 2021, pp. 386-426 (Note Length)
Examines medical decision-making in pediatric settings, focusing on the mature minor rule, which may give children aged fourteen years and older medical decision-making rights. Describes current federal constitutional law, in which parents make their children's medical decisions, and jurisdictions that have adopted the mature minor rule. Discusses the "law on the ground" and the trend of allowing adolescents decision-making rights. Provides legal and medical recommendations.
See: https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambri ...
"Making do with less fertilizer." By Elizabeth Elkin, Samuel Gebre, and Matthew Boesler. Bloomberg Businessweek, April 18, 2022, pp. 10-11
Notes the rapidly climbing price of synthetic fertilizers, the inflationary effect on agriculture and commerce, and the potential benefits of an unavoidable reduction in dependence on fertilizer.
"States can center equity to strengthen their economic relief and recovery spending." By Ed Lazere and Maya El Jawhari. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, April 25, 2022, pp. 1-6
Provides examples of states using Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) from the American Rescue Plan for economic development purposes, including business assistance, workforce development, and premium pay for workers in critical roles. Advocates for states to prioritize racial and economic equity in using FRF to support low-wage workers, communities of color, and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
See: https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/4-25-22sf ...
"Is Texas Hill Country in danger of being 'loved to death'?" By Henry Gass. Christian Science Monitor, May 9, 2022, pp. 8-11
Details the effects of recent population growth on the Hill Country, including increased traffic and strain on the local aquifer and wastewater treatment facilities. Reflects on a recent report that the population in unincorporated areas of the Hill Country has more than doubled in the past 30 years.
Report at: https://hillcountryalliance.org/wp-content/uploads ...
See: https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2022/0325/Is ...
"Good cause to resign?" Classroom Teacher (Texas Classroom Teachers Association), Spring 2022, pp. 12-15
Describes the issues HB 2519, 87th Legislature, R.S. was intended to resolve regarding teacher contract abandonment and the State Board for Educator Certification proposed rules to implement HB 2519.
See: https://www.tcta.org/legal-updates/good-cause-to-r ...
"Climate lawsuits: Habeas carbon." Economist, April 23rd-29th, 2022, pp. 53-54, 56
Reports on the increase in lawsuits aimed at carbon emissions and climate policy. Explains why financial regulators deem climate litigation a growing source of risk for fossil-fuel companies and for public companies' share prices.
See: https://www.economist.com/international/2022/04/23 ...
"Migration: The United States of Mexico." Economist, April 23rd-29th, 2022, pp. 27-28
Discusses the patterns of Mexican migration. Attributes the mass movement north to the closure of the bracero seasonal work program in 1964.
Related information at: https://guides.loc.gov/latinx-civil-rights/bracero ...
See: https://www.economist.com/the-americas/2022/04/23/ ...
"Trends in outpatient mental health services use before and during the COVID-19 pandemic." By Jane M. Zhu, et al. Health Affairs, April 2022, pp. 573-580
Compares outpatient mental health services use from March to December 2016 through 2018 to the same period in 2020. Finds declines in the use of in-person mental health services during the initial phase of the pandemic followed by a rapid uptake of telehealth appointments. Expects the demand for telehealth services will be sustained even after the pandemic subsides.
"Texas legislature digs into problems at child protective agency." By Sara Tiano. The Imprint: Youth & Family News, April 27, 2022, pp. 1-3
Discusses the interim charges of the Senate Special Committee on Child Protective Services and other related committees on foster care and child welfare issues. Quotes Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Senator Lois Kolkhorst.
See: https://imprintnews.org/child-welfare-2/texas-legi ...
"The effect of ethnic and racial diversity on school funding across the urban-rural divide." By Kattalina M. Berriochoa. Journal of Education Finance, Winter 2022, pp. 275-295
Examines school bond elections in Texas for the public's willingness to invest relative to increasing diversity. Argues that the location, whether rural or urban, makes a difference in the outcome.
"When free markets fail . . . and maybe you die: The case for government intervention in antibiotics." By Lawrence M. Fisher. Milken Institute Review, Second Quarter 2022, pp. 35-43
Describes the challenge of growing resistance to antibiotics and the potential for the next "public health tsunami" to be bacterial. Outlines previous public and private initiatives to fight drug-resistant infections with more effective antibiotics development, and the future role of government in the absence of market-based solutions.
See: https://www.milkenreview.org/articles/when-free-ma ...
"Offshore headwinds." By Jonathan A. Lesser. National Review, May 2, 2022, pp. 16-18
Explains the difficulties and expenses involved in offshore wind energy production.
See: https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2022/05/02 ...
"Bright lights, big pity." By Joshua Sokol. Science, April 22, 2022, pp. 340-343
Explores ways to minimize the negative effects artificial lighting has on migrating birds.
"Looking back: Shale oil boom gave Permian Basin a second life." By Jesse Thompson. Southwest Economy (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), First Quarter 2022, p. 7
Recalls an article in Southwest Economy on the Permian Basin from a decade ago, and provides updates on oil production and shale development since.
See: https://www.dallasfed.org/research/swe/2022/swe220 ...
"Wind severances – It's time for Texas to make a decision." By Laura Falco. State Bar of Texas: Oil, Gas and Energy Resources, March 2022, pp. 58-64
Considers how Texas should address the ownership of wind rights. Discusses court cases in California and New Mexico and new laws in other states. Explains different theories of ownership in Texas. Presents arguments for and against allowing surface owners to sever wind rights.
"Autism Awareness Month: Texas seeks to serve residents via therapeutic services, workforce training, driving options." By Kim Roberts. Texan, April 25, 2022, pp. 1-2
Provides an overview of the state's services to residents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Discusses legislation enacted in 2019 to help drivers with ASD (SB 976, 86th Legislature) and the Children's Autism Program established by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Quotes Representative Briscoe Cain.
See: https://thetexan.news/autism-awareness-month-texas ...
Related information at: https://www.hhs.texas.gov/services/disability/auti ...
"Over 150 companies sent inquiries about fossil fuel-boycotting investment funds, Comptroller says." By Brad Johnson. Texan, April 26, 2022, pp. 1-10
Lists nearly 160 financial companies identified by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, including BlackRock, Fidelity, and Goldman Sachs, that appear to boycott fossil fuels or energy companies and would be prohibited from state investment under SB 13, 87th Legislature, R.S. Includes a sample Comptroller verification request letter to the companies.
See: https://thetexan.news/over-150-companies-sent-inqu ...
Related information at: https://www.scribd.com/document/571715687/2022-04- ...