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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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"Teacher Retirement System of Texas could move HQ to Mueller." By Parimal M. Rohit. Austin Business Journal, August 11, 2021, pp. 1-5
Details the Teacher Retirement System of Texas' (TRS) proposed move from Austin's Central Business District to the Mueller Business District. Points out the relocation could save TRS millions in lease and real estate tax avoidance and deferred maintenance needs at the current location.
See: https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2021/08/11 ...
"The new kid in class: Delta." By Anna Edney and Nic Querolo. Bloomberg Businessweek, August 2, 2021, pp. 34-36
Evaluates the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the widespread delta variant and the impact on public schools. Discusses various pandemic-related state policies, including school mask mandates in Texas.
"State juvenile justice reforms can boost opportunity, particularly for communities of color." By Cortney Sanders. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 27, 2021, pp. 1-15
Describes juvenile justice policy improvements that can reduce incarceration rates, particularly among young people of color. Mentions the repurposing of the land housing the Al Price Juvenile Correctional Facility in Beaumont, Texas, in 2014.
See: https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/7-27-21sf ...
"South Texas conference report: Highlights from South Padre." By Julie Anderson. County Progress, August 2021, pp. 34-35
Describes the 87th Annual South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association Conference. Quotes Representative Terry Canales on the passage of transportation infrastructure legislation, HB 2223 and HJR 99, 87th Legislature, R.S., and quotes Senator Eddie Lucio.
See: http://dashboard.mazsystems.com/webreader/74525?pa ...
"Texas and COVID-19: Getting schooled." Economist, August 14th-20th, 2021, pp. 23-24
Argues Texas offers an early case study of the struggles the country faces as children return to classrooms amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases. Notes the disconnect between school officials and Republican state officials over mask mandates.
See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2021/08/14 ...
"Facing the pandemic: College presidents' dilemmas." By Gustavo A. Mellander. Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, August 2021, pp. 1-4
Discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic affected college presidents and the university administration challenges of enrollment, teaching and learning, and the mental health of faculty and students. Points out several small liberal arts institutions closed and some presidents lost their jobs and their reputations.
See: https://www.hispanicoutlook.com/articles/facing-pa ...
"Texas lawmaker commits to restricting and tracking hidden foster care." By Sara Tiano. Imprint, August 4, 2021, p. 1
Discusses Texas State Representative Lacey Hull's legislation relating to "hidden foster care," the separation of children from their parents by child welfare agencies outside the courts (HB 2680, 87th Legislature, R.S., and HB 265, 87th Legislature, 1st C.S.).
See: https://imprintnews.org/law-policy/texas-lawmaker- ...
"The growing problem of out-of-pocket costs and affordability in employer-sponsored insurance." By Meredith B. Rosenthal. JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), July 27, 2021, pp. 305-306
Describes the growing affordability problem faced by U.S. residents with employer-sponsored insurance (ESI), noting the average deductible for enrollees increased by 111 percent over the last decade. Discusses underinsurance, increases in health care prices, and proposed policy remedies.
"Climate change: Sheltering from the deluge." By Robert E. Litan and Jonathan J. Fleming. Milken Institute Review, Third Quarter 2021, pp. 11-17
Argues for investment in resilient infrastructure and carbon taxes to minimize the cost of natural disasters. Mentions Winter Storm Uri, from February 2021, to illustrate the consequences that could have been avoided with proper weatherization.
See: https://www.milkenreview.org/articles/climate-chan ...
"Defund-police backlash stuns Democrats." By Clayton B. Reid. Newsmax, August 2021, pp. 10-11
Discusses how recent crime waves in multiple cities are influencing voter preferences. Includes a sidebar about prosecutions of suspects arrested during protests related to the death of George Floyd while he was in police custody.
"Teacher stress and burnout: The high cost of low social and emotional development." By Sabrina Jones and Titilayo Tinubu Ali. Policy Brief (Southern Education Foundation), July 2021, pp. 1-16
Describes the impact of various pressures on teachers and how they create a cycle of stress in the classroom that negatively affects student learning. Offers recommendations for teachers to have increased opportunities for social and emotional development.
See: https://www.southerneducation.org/wp-content/uploa ...
"The what, why and how of election audits." By Amanda Zoch. State Legislatures News, August 5, 2021, pp. 1-5
Provides an overview of election audits. Explains different types of audits can be performed on nearly every part of an election system.
See: https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campai ...
"H.B. No. 2237 changes the Texas statute governing mechanic's liens." By Kent Hofmann. Texas Lawyer, August 13, 2021, pp. 1-3
Describes recent statutory updates related to mechanic's, contractor's, and materialman's liens, enacted by HB 2237, 87th Legislature, R.S.
See: https://www.law.com/texaslawyer/2021/08/13/h-b-no- ...
"New procedures in place: 87th Texas Legislature enacts several special ed laws." By Sarah Orman. Texas Lone Star (Texas Association of School Boards), August 2021, pp. 22-23, 35
Reviews noteworthy aspects of special education-related legislation passed during the 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature (SB 1716 and HB 785). Includes discussion of individualized education programs (IEPs), supplemental services and instructional materials, and special education discipline and restraints.
See: https://www.texaslonestaronline.org/texaslonestar/ ...
"Leading in the Legislature: Physician lawmakers help advance medicine's agenda." By Joey Berlin. Texas Medicine, August 2021, pp. 40-43
Profiles physicians in the Texas Legislature, including Senators Dawn Buckingham, Donna Campbell, and Charles Schwertner, and Representatives Greg Bonnen and Tom Oliverson. Highlights their efforts during the 87th Legislature to advance legislation supported by the Texas Medical Association.
See: https://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=57468