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June 24, 2021 list Print (PDF)
By Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi.
ABA Journal: The Lawyer's Magazine, June/July 2021, pp. 53-59
Questions whether inconsistent and vague definitions of race allow abuse of government minority contract programs or programs designed to promote diversity in hiring.
See: https://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/do-var ...
"Closing Medicaid coverage gap would help diverse group and narrow racial disparities."
By Gideon Lukens and Breanna Sharer.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, June 14, 2021, pp. 1-14
Analyzes the Medicaid "coverage gap" in states that have not adopted Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Includes statistics on this medically uninsured population in Texas by gender, age, race and ethnicity, employment type, family characteristics, and disability.
See: https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/6-10-21he ...
"Never again: How to prevent another major Texas electricity failure."
By Pat Wood III, et al.
Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation, June 3, 2021, pp. 1-14
Identifies seven problems with the entire energy system in Texas, focusing on electricity, and provides twenty recommendations for further action by the Legislature and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). Mentions SB 7, 76th Legislature, and focuses on SB 3, 87th Legislature. R.S.
See: https://www.cgmf.org/blog-entry/435/REPORT-%7C-Nev ...
"Cybersecurity: Over there in the shadows."
Economist, June 19th-25th, 2021, pp. 22-24
Discusses the challenges governments face as they try to defend against cyberattacks. Describes the huge economic costs related to ransomware hacks.
See: https://www.economist.com/briefing/2021/06/19/rans ...
"History as end: 1619, 1776, and the politics of the past."
By Matthew Karp.
Harper's Magazine, July 2021, pp. 23-30
Examines the dramatic rethinking of U.S. history and its place in public life, including the history of slavery and the Confederacy, the recent 1776 Commission report, and the 1619 Project. Mentions proposals of state Republican legislators to bar the 1619 Project from classrooms.
See: https://harpers.org/archive/2021/07/history-as-end ...
Report at: https://trumpwhitehouse.archives.gov/wp-content/up ...
Related information at: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/mag ...
"Enlisting mental health workers, not cops, in mobile crisis response."
By Rob Waters.
Health Affairs, June 2021, pp. 864-869
Highlights Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets (CAHOOTS), a service in Eugene, Oregon, that sends a mental health crisis worker and an emergency medical technician (EMT) to assist individuals experiencing mental health distress. Estimates the program has saved the Eugene Police Department around $1.23 million. Discusses recent federal grants to start similar mobile crisis intervention programs.
See: https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/10.1377/hlthaff. ...
"Visions and provisions – planning for K-12 ethnic studies implementation."
By Irene Gómez.
IDRA Newsletter (Intercultural Development Research Association), May 2021, pp. 5-6
Examines successes and challenges in the implementation of ethnic studies programs in K-12 education in many states, including Texas. Discusses research into the benefits of ethnic studies classes. Mentions HB 1504 and HB 3979, 87th Legislature, R.S.
See: https://www.idra.org/resource-center/visions-and-p ...
"Biennial juvenile incarceration census data released."
By John Kelly.
Imprint, June 17, 2021, pp. 1-2
Analyzes the latest federal juvenile incarceration statistics published by the National Center for Juvenile Justice in the Easy Access to the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement: 1997-2019 data set. Finds an increase in "person offenses" committed directly against another person, such as assaults, robberies, and homicides. Notes little change in the racial demographics of the juvenile justice system, with Black youth comprising 14 percent of the population but 41 percent of all incarcerated youth.
See: https://imprintnews.org/youth-services-insider/bie ...
Related information at: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezacjrp/
"Legislation to criminalize gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth."
By Jack L. Turban, Katherine L. Kraschel, and I. Glenn Cohen.
JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), June 8, 2021, pp. 2251-2252
Discusses recent state legislation that seeks to criminalize or prevent gender-affirming care for transgender adolescents. Examines the legality of the bills and potential legal challenges that may arise. Provides a supplemental table with proposed legislation by state, including Texas' HB 68 and HB 1399, 87th Legislature, R.S.
See: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/ ...
"Reforming Michigan vehicle direct sales laws."
By Daniel A. Crane.
Regulation (CATO Institute), Summer 2021, pp. 34-40
Proposes a 21st century business model that allows greater flexibility and freedom in how electric vehicles are sold and serviced. Discusses Tesla's challenge of the Michigan law prohibiting direct sales of electric vehicles.
Related information at: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2020-HB-6233
See: https://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/2021-06/ ...
"Demise of Ch. 313 program seeds worries."
By Kathryn Hardison.
San Antonio Business Journal, June 4-10, 2021, pp. 14-15
Outlines business concerns arising from the failure to extend the Texas Economic Development Act, Chapter 313 of the Texas Tax Code. Discusses HB 4242, 87th Legislature, R.S.
"2021 update: Public plan funding improves as workforce declines."
By Jean-Pierre Aubry and Kevin Wandrei.
State and Local Pension Plans (Center for Retirement Research at Boston College), June 2021, pp. 1-11
Analyzes the reported funded status of 200 public pension plans as of fiscal year 2020 and estimates current funded status for 2021. Discusses the effect of the pandemic-related decline in state and local government employment on pension funding levels and contribution rates.
See: https://crr.bc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/SLP7 ...