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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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"Medicaid expansion: Frequently asked questions." By Inna Rubin, Jesse Cross-Call, and Gideon Lukens. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, June 16, 2021, pp. 1-13
Answers key questions about expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the effects of Medicaid expansion on state budgets, health insurance coverage rates, health and financial well-being, racial disparities, children, persons with disabilities, employment, and hospitals.
See: https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/6-16-21he ...
"Who should decide how schools teach about history and race?" By Chelsea Sheasley. Christian Science Monitor, June 28, 2021, pp. 12-14
Explores recent state legislation prohibiting or limiting the teaching of certain topics relating to systemic racism, with emphasis on HB 3979, 87th Legislature, R.S. Explains the concepts and history of critical race theory.
See: https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2021/0604/ ...
"Census data: Background noise." Economist, June 26th-July 2nd, 2021, pp. 25-26
Reports on the U.S. Census Bureau's plan to swap actual American Community Survey (ACS) and decennial census data for synthetic responses generated by a statistical model that incorporates privacy protections. Notes critics' concerns that synthetic microdata will impede research.
See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2021/06/24 ...
"Post-pandemic education: Catching up is hard to do." Economist, June 26th-July 2nd, 2021, pp. 19-21
Examines how pandemic-disrupted education is inspiring reforms that will make schools more efficient, flexible, and fair.
See: https://www.economist.com/briefing/2021/06/24/how- ...
"COVID-19 and school meals participation in spring 2020." Food Research & Action Center, June 2021, pp. 1-11
Analyzes the impact of COVID-19 on access to school meals and snacks when schools closed during the pandemic, using data from the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Includes 50-state tables demonstrating the change in free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches served March through May of 2019 compared to March through May of 2020.
See: https://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/COVID-19-and-S ...
"How St. Bernard is 'taking' the causation inquiry in flooding takings litigation too far." By Reagan Lutter. Houston Law Review, Spring 2021, pp. 1195-1219
Discusses the homes flooded during Hurricane Harvey by releases from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Examines the recourse homeowners have under takings law and tort law to recover compensation for government actions that flood private property, including the effect of St. Bernard Parish Government v. United States. Applies the St. Bernard takings analysis to the Addicks and Barker cases, arguing for revising causation requirements in such cases.
Related information at: http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/o ...
See: https://houstonlawreview.org/article/24484-how-_st ...
"NACo cyber security priorities and best practices." National Association of Counties, June 7, 2021, pp. 1-3
Recommends local government actions to increase cybersecurity, along with the cost, cyber defense impact, and workload effort for each.
See: https://www.naco.org/sites/default/files/documents ...
"Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance programs in 2021: Analysis of a national survey." By Andrew Aurand, et al. National Low Income Housing Coalition, June 2021, pp. 1-17
Analyzes the key program design features of Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) programs to provide federal aid to struggling renters during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights the National Low Income Housing Coalition's Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Dashboard, a comprehensive database searchable by state, program design, and implementation features. Mentions very large rental assistance programs in California ($1.6 billion) and Texas ($1.2 billion).
Related information at: https://nlihc.org/era-dashboard
See: https://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/HIP_NLIHC_Fu ...
"What California and Texas have in common." By Peter Asmus. Public Utilities Fortnightly, May 2021, pp. 58-59, 63
Argues microgrids offer longer term solutions to address the challenges of the nation's electric grid. Identifies three themes stakeholders should consider with regard to microgrids.
"States continue to bet on sports." By Ulrik Boesen. Tax Foundation, June 17, 2021, p. 1
Reviews 2021 state legislative trends on sports betting regulation and taxes.
See: https://taxfoundation.org/states-sports-betting-ta ...
"How constitutional carry made its way through the Texas Legislature." By Daniel Friend. Texan, June 28, 2021, pp. 1-6
Details the legislative process of HB 1927, 87th Legislature, R.S., and interviews Representative James White, Representative Matt Schaefer, and Senator Bob Hall. Includes a timeline of constitutional carry in the 87th Legislature, R.S. and also mentions HB 1238, HB 1911, and HB 2900, 87th Legislature, R.S.
"Progress after 87th Texas Legislature convenes." By Jennifer Whitlock. Texas Agriculture, June 4, 2021, p. 6
Discusses HB 2730 and SB 721, 87th Legislature, R.S., that include several eminent domain concepts supported by the Texas Farm Bureau (TFB). Also mentions HB 365, 87th Legislature, R.S.
"Elder care grows up." By Abigail Abrams. Time, June 21-28, 2021, pp. 84-90
Examines the numerous problems with the long-term care system in the U.S., further exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Explores a variety of plans for providing better care, including CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place — Advancing Better Living for Elders) and PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly).
"Past tense." By Olivia B. Waxman. Time, July 5-12, 2021, pp. 76-84
Considers the national and local political debate over critical race theory (CRT) and how to teach the history of race in U.S. schools, focusing on a school district in St. Louis, Missouri. Addresses the movement against CRT and state anti-CRT legislation.
See: https://time.com/6075193/critical-race-theory-deba ...
"Digital vaccine credentials." By Timothy M. Persons, et al. U.S. Government Accountability Office, June 2021, pp. 1-2
Explains the concept behind digital vaccine credentials, also known as vaccine passports. Notes challenges relating to data protection, interoperability, and equity could limit their use and potential public health benefits.
See: https://www.gao.gov/assets/gao-21-534sp.pdf
"Contracting in the child care system: Key steps to support equity and accountability." By Danielle Ewen, Gina Adams, and Grace Leutmer. Urban Institute Brief, June 2021, pp. 1-13
Describes a contract-based financing approach for the child care workforce.
See: https://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publicat ...