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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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"Closing the coverage gap would improve Black maternal health." By Judith Solomon. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 26, 2021, pp. 1-11
Highlights the benefits of Medicaid expansion for improving Black maternal health and pregnancy outcomes. Includes Texas in the statistics of uninsured women of reproductive age in the Medicaid "coverage gap."
See: https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/7-26-21he ...
"Texas's new abortion law: Lubbock or leave it." Economist, July 24th-30th, 2021, p. 23
Discusses Texas' recently passed abortion law (SB 8, 87th Legislature, R.S.), which allows private civil action for certain violations. Mentions Lubbock's "sanctuary city for the unborn" ordinance.
See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2021/07/24 ...
"Appeals court again backs transgender student, but on narrower grounds amid signs of rift." By Mark Walsh. Education Week, July 14, 2021, pp. 1-3
Discusses the revised opinion in Adams v. St. Johns County School Board issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on a Florida school policy barring a transgender student from using the boys' restroom. Reports the court still ruled in favor of the student based on the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment but not on the Title IX claim.
See: https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/appeals-cou ...
"'I just want to play.' Judge halts W. Va. law barring transgender girls from girls' sports." By Mark Walsh. Education Week, July 22, 2021, pp. 1-2
Summarizes the recent federal district court opinion in B.P.J. v. West Virginia State Board of Education, granting a preliminary injunction against the West Virginia law that restricts transgender students in sports. Reports the court ruled that the law likely violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
See: https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/i-just-want ...
"Mandatory SARS-CoV-2 vaccinations in K-12 schools, colleges/universities, and businesses." By Lawrence O. Gostin, Jana Shaw, and Daniel A. Salmon. JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), July 6, 2021, pp. 25-26
Examines the legal and public health considerations for making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and businesses. Mentions that states grant medical, religious, and philosophical exemptions from school immunization requirements, citing the National Conference of State Legislatures list of enacted legislation.
See: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/ ...
Related information at: https://www.ncsl.org/research/health/school-immuni ...
"Infrastructure: How to define it and why the definition matters." By Tracy C. Miller. Policy Brief (Mercatus Center, George Mason University), July 2021, pp. 1-8
Explores how alternative definitions of "infrastructure" affect government policy. Suggests that using nontraditional definitions can lead to an unnecessary expansion of federal government spending.
See: https://www.mercatus.org/system/files/miller_-_pol ...
"Wrap-up for the 87th Legislature: School finance & public education." Research Report (Texas Taxpayers and Research Association), June 2021, pp. 1-6
Details the school finance and public education provisions in HB 1525, 87th Legislature, R.S., by Representative Dan Huberty, "the HB 3 clean-up bill." Discusses tax rates, formula changes in the allotments for gifted and talented programs, career and technology education, and fast growth, the distribution of federal funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and salary increases for school employees.
See: https://ttara.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/87thL ...
"Wrap-up for the 87th Legislature: Tax and fiscal policy." Research Report (Texas Taxpayers and Research Association), June 2021, pp. 1-10
Summarizes tax-related legislation that passed and failed in the 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. Includes discussion of property tax, sales tax, franchise tax, economic development, and tax administration.
See: https://ttara.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/87thL ...
"CPS Energy's uncertain future." By Jessica Corso. San Antonio Business Journal, July 8, 2021, pp. 14-19
Examines CPS Energy, San Antonio's municipally-owned energy utility, and how the winter storm and the transition to renewable energy have left the utility in turmoil.
"Alternative dispute resolution in oil and gas disputes." By Michael C. Sanders. State Bar of Texas: Oil, Gas and Energy Resources, June 2021, pp. 41-54
Examines the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the oil and gas industry. Refers to case law and specific sections of Texas statutes.
"States weigh bans on ransomware payoffs." By Jenni Bergal. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), July 23, 2021, pp. 1-6
Discusses state legislative proposals that seek to prevent cyberattacks by prohibiting state and local government agencies from paying ransom. Notes similar legislation in Texas failed to pass earlier this year (HB 3892, 87th Legislature, R.S.).
See: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis ...
"High-speed rail route may adversely impact low-income and minority property owners, critics say." By Kim Roberts. Texan, July 26, 2021, pp. 1-3
Describes equity concerns with the Texas Central high-speed rail project planned between Dallas and Houston, including the potential disproportionate impact on minority and low-income communities in Dallas County and Waller County.
"Texas charter schools lag in STAAR scores, show more racial parity." By Isaiah Mitchell. Texan, July 26, 2021, pp. 1-4
Compares results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam in charter schools with traditional public independent school districts across all subjects: algebra, biology, English I, English II, and U.S. history. Identifies trends in STAAR racial achievement gaps in charter schools compared with the five largest school districts.