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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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"The new college playbook: Pay to players." By Matthew Kish, Eric Jackson, and Holden Wilen. Dallas Business Journal, September 17-23, 2021, pp. 13-15
Notes college athletes are able to benefit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL) as of July 1, 2021. Examines how the new era of collegiate sponsorships will play out and what it means for athletes, companies, and schools.
See: https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/digital-edition ...
"Container shipping: Perfect storm." Economist, September 18th-24th, 2021, pp. 62-63
Reports that despite disruptions caused by COVID-19, trade wars, and geopolitics, global supply chains are making the necessary investments and using technology to minimize shipping costs and delays.
See: https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/a- ...
"Reducing poverty: When policy works." Economist, September 18th-24th, 2021, pp. 23-24
Attributes a significant decline in the child poverty rate in the U.S. to COVID-19 relief policies and an overhaul of the child tax credit.
See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/america-is ...
"Face masks and kids: Separating fact from fiction." By Arianna Prothero and Sarah D. Sparks. Education Week, September 1, 2021, pp. 6-7
Discusses implementing universal masking in schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Addresses concerns related to the use of face masks by children.
See: https://www.edweek.org/leadership/face-masks-and-k ...
"Unpacking data use in state TANF agencies." By Robert M. Goerge, Emily R. Wiegand, and Leah Gjertson. MDRC, August 2021, pp. 1-16
Summarizes the results of study on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs in 54 U.S. states and territories and their ability to analyze data used for the purposes of program improvement, monitoring, and evidence-building. Highlights strengths and successes in how agencies use data and suggestions for growth within state TANF agencies.
See: https://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/TDI_Needs ...
"Redistricting and the Supreme Court: The most significant cases." National Conference of State Legislatures, September 14, 2021, pp. 1-11
Provides an overview of the most significant U.S. Supreme Court decisions on redistricting from the last five decades. Groups the cases into four categories: cases relating to population, a case relating to using a redistricting commission, cases relating to race, and cases relating to partisanship.
See: https://www.ncsl.org/research/redistricting/redist ...
"State laws provide new pathways for environmental justice claims." By Andrea Wortzel and Viktoriia De Las Casas. Natural Resources & Environment, Summer 2021, pp. 18-22
Provides a historical overview of environmental justice litigation, noting the struggle to make claims under federal law. Examines the recent shift in which plaintiffs have focused on making claims under state law, highlighting cases in Virginia (Friends of Buckingham v. State Air Pollution Control Board), Massachusetts (Town of Weymouth v. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection), and Louisiana (Rise St. James v. Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality).
Related information at: http://climatecasechart.com/climate-change-litigat ...
Related information at: https://cases.justia.com/federal/appellate-courts/ ...
Related information at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/USCOURTS-ca1-1 ...
"Everything you need to know about critical race theory." By John Fund. Newsmax, September 2021, pp. 54-63
Provides background information on critical race theory (CRT) and offers examples of how states and school boards are addressing the topic.
"'Anti-critical race theory' laws and the assault on pedagogy." By Robert Kim. Phi Delta Kappan, September 2021, pp. 64-65
Discusses state legislation passed during 2021 that bans or limits the teaching of principles attributed to critical race theory (CRT) in public schools. Examines case law which may be applied to the legality of such legislation and discusses the larger impact of the new laws.
See: https://kappanonline.org/anti-critical-race-theory ...
"How to modernize the electric grid: Rethinking our vision." By Mark A. Gabriel. Public Utilities Fortnightly, August 2021, pp. 71, 73
Suggests various projects that can be undertaken across the country in the short- and medium-term to help upgrade the electric grid.
"More food, less waste." By Chad Frischmann and Mamta Mehra. Scientific American, October 2021, pp. 74-81
Explores the global impact of food waste and ways to reduce the amount of food left unconsumed. Argues that reducing food waste leads to reducing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.
See: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/massive ...
"A look back at the Texas redistricting litigation over the past decade." By Daniel Friend. Texan, September 15, 2021, pp. 1-3
Reviews the redistricting litigation that occurred after lawmakers drew new state legislative districts and congressional districts during the 82nd Legislature in 2011. References the detailed timeline of 2010s redistricting by the Texas Legislative Council.
Related information at: https://redistricting.capitol.texas.gov/docs/histo ...
"Session overview." By Don Allen. Texas Builder, September/October 2021, pp. 30-33
Summarizes the 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, from the perspective of the Texas Association of Builders and the home building industry. Discusses legislation on broadband infrastructure, building and energy codes, municipal regulations, developers and special purpose districts, the workforce, and business issues.
See: https://www.texasbuilders.org/site/publisher/files ...
"Stuck between growing up and grown up: Delaying the sentencing phase for young adults facing capital punishment in Texas." By Bonnie Serrano. Texas Tech Law Review, Summer 2021, pp. 843-870 (Note Length)
Argues young adults, defendants aged 18 to 25, should be treated differently than both juveniles and adults when they commit a capital crime. Asserts punishment trials should be postponed until the offender reaches 25 years of age. Provides specific language for amending Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 37.071, Procedure in Capital Case.
Related information at: https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/CR/htm/CR. ...
"Free college if you serve." By Paul Glastris. Washington Monthly, September/October 2021, pp. 1-8
Explores the possibility of combining college financial aid with voluntary national service for organizations like AmeriCorps. Argues every American could afford to seek a bachelor's degree with the expansion of national service, increased Pell Grants, and free community college.
See: https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/september-o ...