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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"The cost of county government: Results of the 2020 unfunded mandates survey."
County Progress, April 2021, pp. 10-20
Outlines the results of a 2020 survey on unfunded mandates consisting of responses from 136 counties. Highlights 13 of the roughly 34 expenditure categories in the survey with descriptions and graphs that include the combined estimated expenditures for all 254 counties from fiscal year 2015 through fiscal year 2020.
See: https://dashboard.mazsystems.com/webreader/72358?p ...
"Justice department memo could stoke state-federal fights over transgender students’ rights."
By Evie Blad.
Education Week, April 5, 2021, pp. 1-2
Addresses a recent memo sent by the U.S. Department of Justice to federal agencies asserting that Title IX also prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Suggests this directive will likely lead to state-federal legal challenges over the interpretation of Title IX.
See: https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/justice-dep ...
Related information at: https://www.justice.gov/crt/page/file/1383026/down ...
"Supreme Court sympathetic to college athletes’ challenge to NCAA rules on education aid."
By Mark Walsh.
Education Week, March 31, 2021, pp. 1-3
Summarizes recent oral arguments presented in the U.S. Supreme Court case National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Alston relating to the compensation of student-athletes. Suggests the case could also have implications for high school sports.
See: https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/supreme-cou ...
Related information at: https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/nation ...
"Texas' unbanked and underbanked."
By Jackie Benton.
Fiscal Notes, March 2021, pp. 7-10
Describes the growing trend toward online financial transactions and the economic exclusion of Texans without traditional bank accounts who rely on cash. Provides a statistical overview of the unbanked in the U.S. and Texas.
See: https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/fiscal-notes ...
"From accessing health care to work, childcare, and caregiving, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately impact women."
Kaiser Family Foundation, March 22, 2021, pp. 1-2
Highlights two new issue briefs that use data from the 2020 Kaiser Family Foundation Women's Health Survey from November and December 2020. Examines women's experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic with health care and with work and family.
Report at: https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-bri ...
Report at: https://www.kff.org/womens-health-policy/issue-bri ...
See: https://www.kff.org/womens-health-policy/press-rel ...
"Nullification: What state legislatures are doing."
By Peter Rykowski.
New American, March 22, 2021, pp. 31-34
Discusses recent efforts by state legislatures to nullify federal laws and enforce Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, including comprehensive nullification, nullifying federal gun control laws, and challenging Roe v. Wade. Mentions Representative Cecil Bell and the Texas Sovereignty Act (HB 1215, 87th Legislature).
Related information at: https://constitution.congress.gov/constitution/art ...
"No end in sight: America's enduring reliance on life imprisonment."
By Ashley Nellis.
Sentencing Project, February 17, 2021, pp. 1-46 (Note Length)
Analyzes the results of a survey of people currently serving life sentences in American prisons. Focuses on certain problems resulting from the rise in life sentences, including aging and elderly prisoners and youthful offenders. Proposes possible policy reforms.
See: https://www.sentencingproject.org/publications/no- ...
"Eminent domain, rural connectivity focus on TFB virtual conference."
By Jennifer Dorsett.
Texas Agriculture, March 5, 2021, p. 6
Highlights the most recent Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Virtual Leadership Conference on February 9, 2021. Discusses the importance of HB 901, 87th Legislature, regarding eminent domain reform, and SB 152, 87th Legislature, regarding landowners' groundwater interests.
See: https://texasfarmbureau.org/eminent-domain-rural-c ...
"Uninvestigated, uncounted: How justices of the peace miss important clues in death investigations."
By Lise Olson.
Texas Observer, March 15, 2021, pp. 1-6
Asserts Texas counties' reliance on justices of the peace (JPs) to investigate deaths has become problematic. Argues that JPs, who are not required to have medical training, may not track suicides and homicides accurately and may be undercounting COVID-19 deaths.
See: https://www.texasobserver.org/uninvestigated-uncou ...
"Equal and uniform: Constitutional safeguard of fair property taxes."
Texas Taxpayers and Research Association, February 2021, pp. 1-2
Describes the concept of "equal and uniform" taxation in the Texas Constitution, Article VIII, Section 1(a), and the methods taxpayers may use to protest tax appraisals.
Related information at: https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/CN/htm/CN. ...
See: https://ttara.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Equal ...