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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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"Testing the effects of a prosecutor policy recommending no-money release for nonviolent misdemeanor defendants." By Alisa Smith, et al. American Journal of Criminal Law, Fall 2020, pp. 43-79 (Note Length)
Examines the results of a program instituted by the Florida State Attorney which recommended no-money release for defendants charged with nonviolent misdemeanor crimes. Mentions a study on the consequences of pretrial detention on misdemeanor defendants and their cases in Harris County, Texas.
"Renter protections remain in place in Austin as federal eviction moratorium ends." By Michelle Pitcher. Austin Business Journal, July 29, 2021, pp. 1-2
Points out several renter protection programs that will prevent a wave of evictions for Austin renters when the federal eviction moratorium expires on July 31, 2021.
See: https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2021/07/29 ...
"US saw biggest spike in gun violence in 50 years. Don't panic yet." By Noah Robertson. Christian Science Monitor, August 2, 2021, pp. 16-17
Provides historical context for gun violence rates, and examines the possible effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 defund the police movement on gun violence. Discusses effective policies to reduce gun violence.
See: https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2021/0609/US ...
"The culture war has come for higher ed." By Brendan Cantwell. Chronicle of Higher Education, July 23, 2021, pp. 32-33
Presents several recent conflicts at public universities involving issues of race and gender, including the recent controversy surrounding the song "The Eyes of Texas" at the University of Texas at Austin. Argues that attempts by college administrators to stay neutral in political fights weakens higher education.
See: https://www.chronicle.com/article/the-culture-war- ...
"Backing bias." By Liz Hayes. Church & State, July/August 2021, pp. 10-11
Considers whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, creates an across-the-board license for foster care agencies and social-service providers to discriminate in the name of religion.
See: https://www.au.org/church-state/july-august-2021-c ...
Related information at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/19-123 ...
"Attitudes to the vaccine: Hesitancy in numbers." Economist, July 31st-August 6th, 2021, p. 18
Presents a statistical model that estimates the biggest causes of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy to help policymakers decide where to target their efforts.
See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2021/07/31 ...
"Free exchange: Establishing the cause of death." Economist, July 31st-August 6th, 2021, p. 62
Discusses research that points to income inequality as the factor that does the most to explain variance in COVID-19 deaths. Suggests governments need to tailor their pandemic response to take account of inequalities.
See: https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/20 ...
"Medical debt in the US, 2009-2020." By Raymond Kluender, et al. JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), July 20, 2021, pp. 250-256
Estimates the amount of medical debt nationally and by geographic region based on consumer credit reports from January 2009 to June 2020. Examines the association between Medicaid expansion and medical debt. Finds the amount of debt was highest among individuals living in the South and in lower-income communities.
"Businesses performed 60% of their U.S. R&D in 10 metropolitan areas in 2018." By Brandon Shackelford and Raymond M. Wolfe. National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, June 16, 2021, pp. 1-7
Reports the findings on a 2018 survey of research and development (R&D) in businesses across the U.S. Lists Texas as one of the top ten states with statistics included for Austin, Dallas, and Houston.
See: https://ncses.nsf.gov/pubs/nsf21331
"Supreme Court hears arguments over refiner exemptions on renewable fuels." Oil and Gas Journal, May 3, 2021, pp. 18, 20
Provides contextual information for HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining LLC v. Renewable Fuels Association, a recent U. S. Supreme Court case addressing exemptions from the renewable fuel standard (RFS).
Related information at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename= ...
"The economic forecast for Texas metropolitan areas." By M. Ray Perryman. Perryman Report and Texas Letter, Vol. 38, No. 5, pp. 1-3, 6-7
Expects Texas metropolitan areas to surpass prior peak employment and to see notable expansion over the next five years.
"Top three EV rate trends: Encouraging transportation electrification." By Patricia Taylor. Public Utilities Fortnightly, May 2021, pp. 48-49, 69
Highlights three developing electric vehicle (EV) trends among public power utilities: incentivizing off-peak charging, offering non-traditional rate structures, and embracing commercial and industrial customer electrification.
"Recent Texas oil and gas cases." By Peter E. Hosey, Reagan M. Marble, and Robert M. Biedrzycki. State Bar of Texas: Oil, Gas and Energy Resources, June 2021, pp. 4-17
Reviews nine recent Texas court cases related to oil and gas, including three cases before the Texas Supreme Court: Broadway National Bank v. Yates Energy Corp, Sundown Energy LP v. HJSA No. 3, Limited Partnership, and Bluestone Natural Resources II, LLC v. Randle.
"Gas stations can be sued for selling to drunken drivers." By Jenni Bergal. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), August 2, 2021, pp. 1-3
Highlights a New Mexico Supreme Court decision that ruled gas station retailers can be held civilly liable for selling gas to intoxicated drivers.
Related information at: https://nmonesource.com/nmos/nmsc/en/item/500359/i ...
See: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis ...