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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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July 21, 2022 list Print (PDF)

"More than more than: Measuring progress in Texas special education post-Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District." By Elizabeth Rose Allen. Baylor Law Review, Spring 2022, pp. 472-490
Discusses special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including how past courts have interpreted the law and the requirements for an Individualized Education Program (IED) and a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Examines the current standard resulting from Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, subsequent rulings by the Fifth Circuit Court, and the status of special education under the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
Related information at: https://sites.ed.gov/idea/about-idea/#:~:text=The ...
See: https://www.baylor.edu/law/review/doc.php/396696.p ...
Related information at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/15-827 ...
"The NSA hacks summer camp." By Katrina Manson. Bloomberg Businessweek, June 27, 2022, pp. 18-22
Discusses the National Security Agency (NSA)'s method of encouraging young people to pursue cybersecurity careers via educational summer camp programs.
"Failure to close coverage gap would leave millions uninsured and facing worse health outcomes." By Allison Orris, Laura Harker, and Gideon Lukens. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 12, 2022, pp. 1-6
Advocates for Congress to address the Medicaid coverage gap in negotiations over an economic reconciliation package. Describes benefits of closing the Medicaid coverage gap for racial health equity, maternal and infant mortality rates, and the health care of uninsured women of reproductive age after the overturn of Roe v. Wade.
See: https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/7-12-22he ...
"Fetal personhood: Votes for zygotes?" Economist, July 9th-15th, 2022, pp. 22-23
Considers the impact of abortion bans based on fetal personhood grounds on women's rights and women's treatment in pregnancy.
See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/07/07 ...
"Latino voters: No, no se puede." Economist, July 9th-15th, 2022, p. 25
Discusses the recent success of Hispanic Republican candidates, such as Mayra Flores, and the Democratic erosion along the Texas border and in Southern Florida.
See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/07/07 ...
"Permian drilling permits hit all-time monthly high in March." Oil and Gas Journal, May 2, 2022, p. 21
Provides data on the increased number of horizontal drilling permits for new wells in the Permian Basin during March. Considers the implications on the oil and gas industry.
"Off the grid." By Chris Mathews. San Antonio Business Journal, July 14, 2022, pp. 13-14
Reviews the increasing strain on the power grid facing the Electric and Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) this summer.
"Fundamentals of carbon capture and sequestration." By Thomas M. Weber and Paul R. Tough. State Bar of Texas: Oil, Gas and Energy Resources, June 2022, pp. 50-73
Discusses 2021 changes to federal tax regulations related to carbon capture and sequestration [CCS]. Explains current federal and state regulations for corresponding well programs. Mentions HB 1284, 87th Legislature, R.S. Highlights potential issues with developing CCS projects in Texas.
"$27 billion treasury balance projected by Texas Comptroller for 2023, $13.6 billion projected for Rainy Day Fund." By Brad Johnson. Texan, July 14, 2022, p. 1
Analyzes the updated revenue estimate issued by Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar. Discusses inflation, record sales tax collections, severance taxes, and the potential buydown-to-elimination of the school district Maintenance & Operations (M&O) rate.
See: https://thetexan.news/27-billion-treasury-balance- ...
"15 local Texas pensions are less than 50% funded, total $2.9 billion in unfunded liabilities." By Brad Johnson. Texan, July 13, 2022, p. 1
Surveys the unfunded liabilities and amortization rates of fifteen local public pensions in Texas, including fire and police pension systems. Discusses the potential to move future pension operations into the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS).
See: https://thetexan.news/15-local-texas-pensions-are- ...
"Building a new highway from Texas to Mars." By Victor A. Flores. Texas Bar Journal, July/August 2022, pp. 506-508
Discusses unique challenges presented by the changing legal landscape surrounding the aerospace industry. Mentions the Texas Aerospace Legislative Caucus.
"Pay now or pay later?" By Joey Berlin. Texas Medicine, July 2022, pp. 34-35
Highlights the recent Texas Supreme Court ruling in Columbia Valley v. A.M.A. and Ramirez, related to how payments may be structured in negligence cases. Notes the ruling clarifies how lower courts should handle requests that awards be paid in installments in consideration of Texas' 2003 tort reforms, HB 4, 78th Legislature, R.S.
Related information at: https://search.txcourts.gov/Case.aspx?cn=20-0681&c ...
See: https://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=59949
"A new use for okra." By Will Bostwick. Texas Monthly, July 2022, pp. 81-82, 84
Profiles researchers at Tarleton State University and their development of plant-based treatments for microplastics contamination, including treatments using extracts of okra. Discusses the potential health effects of microplastics and issues with scaling up the method to serve municipal water operations.
"Those who favor fire: An odyssey of flaring in Texas." By Caleb A. Fielder. Texas Tech Law Review, Winter 2022, pp. 231-253
Discusses flaring, the process of burning off natural gas during oil and gas production, and provides a history of the practice and its regulation in Texas. Highlights a 2019 suit filed by Williams Partners, LP against the Railroad Commission of Texas over the agency's decision to allow an oil company to flare gas. Examines the case within the wider controversy surrounding flaring.
Related information at: https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/6566801/Wil ...
"Compromised state." By Abigail Abrams and Vera Bergengruen. Time, July 4/July 11, 2022, pp. 39-43
Reports on concerns about personal data collected by crisis pregnancy centers about their patients, especially after the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Mentions that bills like SB 8, 87th Legislature R.S., make the collection and distribution of patient data more valuable.
See: https://time.com/6189528/anti-abortion-pregnancy-c ...
"The AMA's dark secret." By Merrill Goozner. Washington Monthly, July/August 2022, pp. 43-45
Describes the secretive and inefficient system of the American Medical Association (AMA) to set physician service prices. Recommends remedies to improve the system, lower healthcare costs, and encourage more medical school graduates to pursue primary care.
See: https://washingtonmonthly.com/2022/06/20/the-amas- ...