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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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July 28, 2022 list Print (PDF)

"Expensive oil is here to stay." By Will Kennedy. Bloomberg Businessweek, July 18, 2022, pp. 30-32
Posits that rising demand for oil will have profound effects on the global landscapes of economics and politics as production fails to meet demand.
"Farm labor shortages." By Nick Bowman. CSG South, July 22, 2022, pp. 1-7
Highlights the aging and shrinking agricultural workforce in the United States, noting the dependence on migrant labor. Argues state lawmakers should take the lead on this issue and provides examples of several state actions to increase the number of farmworkers and develop the agricultural workforce.
See: https://csgsouth.org/wp-content/uploads/FarmLaborS ...
"The culture war in education: Schools for scandal." Economist, July 16th-22nd, 2022, pp. 23-25
Discusses the origins of critical race theory (CRT) and how the controversy around CRT is expanding beyond race to matters of sex and gender.
See: https://www.economist.com/interactive/united-state ...
"The Democratic Party: Peak progressive." Economist, July 16th-22nd, 2022, pp. 20-22
Discusses the emerging backlash against progressive slogans and radical ideas, and suggests Democrats move towards a more moderate agenda.
See: https://www.economist.com/briefing/2022/07/14/demo ...
"The Supreme Court and education: Key rulings that impact schools." By Mark Walsh. Education Week, July 13, 2022, p. 10
Summarizes six U.S. Supreme Court decisions from the 2021-22 term that affect schools and educators. Includes cases on religion and free speech rights, censure of school board members, federal civil rights laws, gun rights, and abortion rights.
"What would make schools safer? Here's what educators say." By Evie Blad. Education Week, July 13, 2022, pp. 6-7
Discusses the results of a national survey that asked educators what they believe should be in included in school safety laws and what measures educators can take to make their schools safer. Notes the survey was conducted after the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
"The fight to choose: The politics of abortion after Roe v. Wade." By Andrew Cockburn. Harper's Magazine, August 2022, pp. 23-28
Analyzes the political debate over abortion and the role of state legislatures since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Discusses the 2022 Democratic primary runoff between U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar and Jessica Cisneros.
See: https://harpers.org/archive/2022/08/the-fight-to-c ...
"A new way to support frequent emergency department visitors." By David Tuller. Health Affairs, July 2022, pp. 934-938
Profiles a program treating patients who repeatedly utilize emergency departments (EDs) at Harris Health System in Houston, Texas. Estimates the system has seen a fifteen percent reduction in ED visits across all multivisit patients (MVPs).
See: https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlt ...
"Phantom networks: Discrepancies between reported and realized mental health care access in Oregon Medicaid." By Jane M. Zhu, et al. Health Affairs, July 2022, pp. 1013-1022
Discusses the issue of "phantom networks," lists of health care providers provided by health insurance plans that include participating providers that do not see patients. Studies provider directories within the Oregon Medicaid program, finding 58.2 percent of all providers did not see Medicaid patients. Notes issues with network adequacy in accessing mental health care.
See: https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/full/10.1377/hlt ...
"Semiconductors: Encouraging innovation through manufacturing and tax incentives." By Joyce Beebe. Issue Brief (Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy), July 20, 2022, pp. 1-7
Reviews the semiconductor industry’s global supply chain issues and their impact on the U.S. economy. Discusses federal proposals to stimulate semiconductor manufacturing and innovation, with a focus on tax provisions.
See: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/8 ...
"School massacre drives push to arm teachers." By Marisa Herman. Newsmax, August 2022, pp. 18-19
Discusses whether arming teachers in the wake of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting would make schools safer.
"The new race to the moon." By Rebecca Boyle. Scientific American, August 2022, pp. 72-77
Provides details about private spacecraft that are slated for lunar landings in the near future. Explores how the private companies developing space-faring crafts and lunar landers are hopeful the lunar marketplace will be lucrative and that NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) will continue to offer subsidies.
See: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-new-p ...
"Railroad Commission update — June 2022." By Robert G. Hargrove. State Bar of Texas: Oil, Gas and Energy Resources, June 2022, pp. 14-25
Studies contested oil and gas cases before the Railroad Commission from January 1, 2021, through May 3, 2022. Discusses various current issues, including well permits, flaring, and induced seismicity concerns. Summarizes decisions in recent contested cases.
"Taking a second look at juvenile sentencing." By Nikki Pressley and Noelle Collins. Texas Public Policy Foundation, July 2022, pp. 1-12
Argues Texas laws governing juvenile parole eligibility should be updated to reflect the advancement of credible research around adolescent development. Provides a brief summary of recent Texas legislation related to parole eligibility guidelines for juvenile offenders.
See: https://www.texaspolicy.com/wp-content/uploads/202 ...
"A country fractured." By Abigail Abrams, Leslie Dickstein, and Simmone Shah. Time, July 25/August 1, 2022, pp. 36-40, 42
Discusses the political and legal battles over abortion access that have begun unfolding since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Addresses abortion pills, out-of-state abortions, delayed care for miscarriages and pregnancy complications, state anti-abortion laws and bills, and advocacy efforts by anti-abortion and pro-choice groups. Mentions Texas' six-week abortion ban.
"It's the monopoly, stupid." By Phillip Longman. Washington Monthly, July/August 2022, pp. 27-32
Posits that recent inflation can be attributed to deregulation since the Carter administration and the actions of powerful corporations manipulating markets to their own benefit.
See: https://washingtonmonthly.com/2022/06/20/its-the-m ...