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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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May 12, 2022 list Print (PDF)

"We can't beat Covid with faulty data." By Drew Armstrong. Bloomberg Businessweek, May 2, 2022, pp. 6-9
Stresses the importance of improving and standardizing data collection procedures related to COVID-19 to better understand and stave off the virus.
"Who's going to regulate crypto?" By Robert Schmidt and Allyson Versprille. Bloomberg Businessweek, April 4, 2022, pp. 26-27
Speculates on which U.S. agency or agencies will regulate the quickly developing cryptocurrency industry. Briefly discusses some of the potential regulators, such as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Securities and Exchanges Commission, and Office of the Comptroller of Currency.
"Congress should welcome cryptocurrency competition." By Nicholas Anthony. CATO Briefing Paper, May 2, 2022, pp. 1-6
Recommends Congress update antiquated laws that discourage currency competition. Suggests a free, open, and fair financial market creates a stronger dollar and preserves its status as the world’s reserve currency.
See: https://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/2022-04/ ...
"Title IX ensures protections for transgender students." Classroom Teacher (Texas Classroom Teachers Association), Spring 2022, pp. 8-9
Examines Governor Greg Abbott's directive and Attorney General Ken Paxton's opinion regarding transgender children undergoing medical treatment. Discusses Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court's 2020 ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, and other federal protections on sexual harassment. Mentions HB 25, 87th Legislature, 3rd C.S.
Related information at: https://lrl.texas.gov/scanned/govdocs/Greg Abbott/ ...
Related information at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/17-161 ...
See: https://www.tcta.org/legal-updates/title-ix-ensure ...
Related information at: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/sites/default ...
Related information at: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ti ...
"Mission critical: The vital role of rare earth elements to 21st century economies." By Nick Bowman. CSG South, April 2022, pp. 1-25 (Note Length)
Outlines the mining and usage of critical and rare earth minerals, such as nickel, lithium, titanium, and uranium, crucial components of many high-tech devices like smartphones. Examines federal actions to support and diversify the critical mineral supply chain, as well as state legislation related to mineral extraction and recycling.
See: https://csgsouth.org/wp-content/uploads/CriticalMi ...
"Technology profits: The secrets of big tech." Economist, April 30th-May 6th, 2022, pp. 51-53
Reports new details about the finances and inner workings of technology giants Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft.
See: https://www.economist.com/business/the-finance-sec ...
"State sales tax breadth and reliance, fiscal year 2021." By Jared Walczak. Fiscal Fact (Tax Foundation), May 2022, pp. 1-9
Finds that sales taxes account for 29.5 percent of all state tax revenue across the states, but reliance on sales taxes varies dramatically. Identifies Texas at a 62.35 percent reliance on sales taxes and 37.02 percent breadth of sales taxes and includes 50-state charts. Addresses the need for sales tax modernization amid narrowing state sales tax bases.
See: https://files.taxfoundation.org/20220503165756/Sta ...
"Blast off! Texas surges ahead in the new space race." By M. Ray Perryman. Perryman Report and Texas Letter, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 1-6
Summarizes current and potential future economic benefits of space-related industries for the U.S. and Texas.
"This is the school choice moment. Will the GOP screw it up?" By Robby Soave. Reason, June 2022, pp. 25-27
Proposes that pandemic-era struggles in the public education system could lead to a wave of public support for school choice initiatives.
See: https://reason.com/2022/06/01/this-is-the-school-c ...
"Relief from rising values: 2019 property tax reforms cutting tax rates at a record pace." Research Report (Texas Taxpayers and Research Association), April 2022, pp. 1-5
Describes the effect of the 2019 school finance and property tax reform legislation, HB 3 and SB 2, 86th Legislature, on tax appraisals and school property tax rates.
See: https://ttara.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/TTARA ...
"Restaurants push Senate for more Covid-19 relief funding." By Andy Medici. San Antonio Business Journal, April 28, 2022, p. 4
Recaps a recent survey showing that one quarter of restaurants that did not receive grants from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund in 2021 are in danger of closing within three months. Notes that many restaurants in financial straits are in danger of defaulting on their business loans.
"From outbreaks to endemic disease." By Michael F. Antolin. Science, April 29, 2022, pp. 453-454
Explains the path from disease outbreaks and epidemics to endemism. Uses rabies in dogs in Tanzania and plague in prairie dogs in the U.S. as examples. Concludes that COVID-19 could be nearing endemic persistence on a localized basis.
See: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abo742 ...
"Turbulent economy tests Texans who lack financial knowledge." By Emma Marshall, Pia Orrenius, and Michael Weiss. Southwest Economy (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), First Quarter 2022, pp. 10-13
Finds Texas ranks 43rd in financial literacy, as measured by The State of U.S. Financial Capability: The 2018 National Financial Capability Study, published by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. Discusses the efforts of the Legislature to enhance personal finance instruction.
See: https://www.dallasfed.org/research/swe/2022/swe220 ...
Report at: https://www.usfinancialcapability.org/downloads/NF ...
"The Railroad Commission's new duties to keep Texans warm: Winter Storm Uri forces change." By Jacqueline L. Weaver. State Bar of Texas: Oil, Gas and Energy Resources, March 2022, pp. 15-27
Describes changes to the Railroad Commission's regulation of natural gas enacted by the 87th Texas Legislature. Includes information about SB 3, 87th R.S., and the Railroad Commission's adoption of 16 Texas Administrative Code § 3.65, Critical Designation of Natural Gas Infrastructure.
Related information at: https://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext. ...
"Private lands are the next battleground in state conservation policy." By Alex Brown. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), April 26, 2022, pp. 1-4
Highlights the debate over the increased use of conservation easements to protect private land from development. Points out several states see the growing interest in conservation easements as a threat to property rights.
See: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis ...
"Ranking unemployment insurance taxes on our 2022 State Business Tax Climate Index." By Janelle Cammenga. Tax Foundation, April 26, 2022, pp. 1-5
Reviews the unemployment insurance (UI) tax component of the 2022 State Business Tax Climate Index and the overall the importance UI taxes to a state's business climate. Ranks Texas 14th in the list of best-scoring UI tax systems.
Report at: https://files.taxfoundation.org/20220104110127/202 ...
See: https://taxfoundation.org/ranking-unemployment-ins ...
"Anti-Blackness: A cornerstone of US immigration." By Henry Ibe. Texas Lawyer, May/June 2022, pp. 30, 32
Highlights the disparity of the treatment Black immigrants experience in the U.S. immigration system, including racial profiling, harassment, arrests by police, and bias in immigration courts. Discusses the intersection of the immigration and criminal justice systems for Black immigrants, leading to a "prison to deportation pipeline."
"Dialing in on disparities." By Joey Berlin. Texas Medicine, May 2022, pp. 46-47
Highlights how a $45.2 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be used by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to address health disparities across the state, especially in communities that were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
See: https://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=59478
"Reporting child abuse and neglect: One size does not fit all." By Andrew C. Brown and Parker Stathatos. Texas Public Policy Foundation, April 2022, pp. 1-16
Summarizes child abuse reporting and investigation in Texas, including issues surrounding mandatory and anonymous reporting. Notes 40 to 50 percent of reports to Texas' abuse hotline are screened out, and makes recommendations for reforms.
See: https://www.texaspolicy.com/wp-content/uploads/202 ...