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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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"Placing a higher value on direct care workers." By Martha Hostetter and Sarah Klein. Commonwealth Fund, July 1, 2021, pp. 1-16
Examines how employers and states are experimenting with ways to recognize and reward direct care workers, those who provide caregiving services to people with chronic conditions or disabilities in homes and residential facilities. Discusses offering advanced training, creating pathways for promotion, and giving workers a greater say in management.
See: https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/2021 ...
"Wait, we're not No. 1?" By Bill Hethcock. Dallas Business Journal, August 20-26, 2021, pp. 12, 14
Examines why Texas is falling in state rankings related to economic development, including business friendliness, corporate relocations, and economic growth. Notes the state ranked 49th in life, health, and inclusion.
See: https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/digital-edition ...
"Legal counsel: A health care partner for immigrant communities." By Rebecca Gale. Health Affairs, August 2021, pp. 1184-1189
Discusses how a now-vacated change to the federal charge rule caused confusion among individuals seeking visas or permanent legal status on whether accepting public benefits could affect their immigration status. Highlights the efforts of the People's Community Clinic, a community health center in Austin, Texas, to correct misinformation and connect patients to lawyers through the clinic's medical-legal partnership.
"The promise and limits of restorative justice for youth." By Julie Reynolds Martinez. Imprint, August 12, 2021, pp. 1-5
Describes the use of restorative justice in juvenile justice systems, an alternative to the traditional justice model used for diversion of low-level youthful offenders. Notes a 2019 analysis published in the Utah Law Review found 45 states have enacted laws supporting restorative justice or similar models. Mentions a 2016 study of Texas youth, showing that those in a "minimal restorative justice educational program" had a lower recidivism rate.
Report at: https://dc.law.utah.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?articl ...
See: https://imprintnews.org/justice/juvenile-justice-2 ...
Report at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/154120401 ...
"Did the TCJA reduce wealth inequality?" By Jorge Barro and Jack Diamond. Issue Brief (Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy), August 19, 2021, pp. 1-5
Explores whether the 2017 tax reform, commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), caused a decline in wealth inequality, particularly within housing.
See: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/0 ...
"'They should have been watching': Suicides rise in Texas prisons during pandemic." By Keri Blakinger. Marshall Project, August 12, 2021, pp. 1-3
Notes an increase in prison suicides in Texas in the year 2020 and examines possible causes, including increased stress and social isolation as well as chronic understaffing of prisons nationwide.
See: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/08/12/they ...
"Why the BID is a big down payment on clean energy." By Ryan Fitzpatrick, et al. Memo (Third Way), August 2, 2021, pp. 1-4
Highlights pivotal provisions in the Biden administration's bipartisan infrastructure deal (BID), known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, that make a significant investment in climate and clean energy programs.
See: https://thirdway.imgix.net/pdfs/why-the-bid-is-a-b ...
"Dual system youth: At the intersection of child maltreatment and delinquency." By Barbara Tatum Kelley and Paul A. Haskins. National Institute of Justice, August 10, 2021, pp. 1-12
Explores the unique needs of dual system youth, individuals who have been both victims of abuse and engaged in delinquent acts. Advocates for the building of strong collaborative data systems between child welfare and juvenile justice providers.
See: https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/dual-system-yo ...
"The great resignation." By Kevin D. Williamson. National Review, August 16, 2021, pp. 12-13
Discusses possible causes for the current labor market's surplus of unfilled jobs, particularly at the lower end of the wage scale. Argues that policy makers should spend their time on other issues and allow the competitive job market to benefit workers.
See: https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2021/08/16 ...
"Supreme Court says PennEast Pipeline can use eminent domain on state property." By Alan Kovski. Oil and Gas Journal, July 5, 2021, pp. 34-36
Summarizes the recent U.S. Supreme Court case PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC v. New Jersey, which focused on the application of federal eminent domain authority by a private company.
Related information at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename= ...
"Here's what's inside the latest version of Texas' GOP election reform bill." By Daniel Friend. Texan, August 23, 2021, pp. 1-4
Describes the election reform provisions in SB 1, 87th Legislature, 2nd C.S., including drive-thru voting, 24-hour voting, unsolicited mail ballot applications, poll watchers, mail ballot application ID, vote harvesting restrictions, and voting assistant regulations.