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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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October 22, 2020 list Print (PDF)

"Bailout bonanza." By Matt Purple. American Conservative, September/October 2020, pp. 9-10
Discusses how commercial banking clients benefitted from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Explains that while many of the funds went to small businesses, larger corporations also took loans unnecessarily.
Related information at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house ...
Related information at: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronav ...
See: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/h ...
"One system, (un)equal access." By Matthew Kish and Malia Spencer. Austin Business Journal, October 16, 2020, pp. 6-9
Reports on the unequal access to capital for Black-owned businesses. Notes the annual number of Small Business Administration loans to Black businesses decreased 84 percent since peaking before the 2008 financial crisis.
"Making the world glow: The plot against Gretchen Whitmer." Economist, October 17th-23rd, 2020, pp. 1-4
Discusses the growing threat from right-wing domestic terrorist groups and a U.S. Department of Homeland Security report that confirms this threat. Mentions the plan to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Report at: https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publicatio ...
"Voter suppression: A battleground in Texas." Economist, October 10th-16th, 2020, p. 25
Comments on Governor Greg Abbott's order limiting the number of mail-in ballot drop-off sites within each county.
"Education and the Supreme Court: What to watch for in the new term." By Mark Walsh. Education Week, September 29, 2020, pp. 1-2
Highlights cases relevant to education that are on the 2020-21 U.S. Supreme Court docket.
"Texans' views on the COVID-19 pandemic: Findings from the Episcopal Health Foundation 2020 Texas COVID-19 survey." By Shao-Chee Sim, et al. Episcopal Health Foundation, October 2020, pp. 1-29 (Note Length)
Presents the results of a statewide survey asking Texans about their level of healthcare coverage, mental health, household financial stability, and related subjects during the COVID-19 pandemic.
See: https://www.episcopalhealth.org/wp-content/uploads ...
"A people-powered plan for the Texas legislative session." By Ana Ramón. IDRA Newsletter (Intercultural Development Research Association), September 2020, p. 4
Discusses specific barriers to legislative advocacy in Texas that might arise in the 87th legislative session due to COVID-19-related safety precautions. Offers examples of direct digital advocacy efforts and other tools that might overcome those barriers.
See: https://www.idra.org/resource-center/a-people-powe ...
"Health care coverage's free fall." By Bryce Covert. Nation, November 2-9, 2020, pp. 26-30
Investigates the increasing number of people losing health insurance coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic and the mitigating role of Medicaid expansion. Discusses the medically uninsured rate and loss of health insurance in Texas.
"This is not a test, this is an emergency: Special considerations for assessing and advancing equity in school-year 2020-21." National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, Inc., October 2020, pp. 1-7
Discusses the need for state policymakers to understand and respond to the challenges students are experiencing and address equity gaps. Recommends collecting opportunity-to-learn data and directing resources where they are most needed. Provides suggestions for state standardized testing this year.
See: https://assets.aspeninstitute.org/content/uploads/ ...
"Narrowing the rural digital divide with consumer vouchers." By Brent Skorup and Michael Kotrous. Policy Brief (Mercatus Center, George Mason University), October 2020, pp. 1-14
Offers an alternative to directly subsidizing telecommunications and broadband providers in high-cost rural areas under the Universal Service Fund (USF). Proposes a broadband voucher program for rural households.
See: https://www.mercatus.org/system/files/skorup_and_k ...
"Managing the growing cost of wildfire." By Marshall Burke, Sam Heft-Neal, and Michael Wara. Policy Brief (Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research), October 2020, pp. 1-8
Reviews recent trends in wildfire activity and quantifies how wildfire smoke affects air quality and health across the United States. Discusses what policymakers can do to help reduce wildfire risk.
See: https://siepr.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/pub ...
"Facilitating interstate telemedicine." By Shirley V. Svorny. Regulation (CATO Institute), Fall 2020, pp. 6-7
Discusses the long-term potential of interstate telemedicine. Points out state-level restrictions that impede innovation, competition, and efficiency in the health care sector.
See: https://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/2020-09/ ...
"The other epidemic: Fatal police shootings in the time of COVID-19." By Ezekiel Edwards, et al. Research Report (American Civil Liberties Union), 2020, pp. 1-21
Analyzes The Washington Post’s "Fatal Force" database to provide national and state-level data on fatal shootings by police since 2015, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. Finds no difference in the number of fatal shootings in the first six months of 2020 relative to years past.
See: https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/field_doc ...
Related information at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/investigat ...
"Spike in allegations against judges is causing Texas courts to rack up fees for outside counsel." By Raychel Lean. Texas Lawyer, October 19, 2020, pp. 1-2
Discusses the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct's (SCJC) Legislative Appropriations Request for fiscal years 2022-2023. Notes the costs to defend the SCJC in pending cases and possible related appeals will continue to accrue throughout the next two years.
Related information at: http://docs.lbb.state.tx.us/display.aspx?DocType=L ...
See: https://www.law.com/texaslawyer/2020/10/19/spike-i ...