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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 14, 2022 list Print (PDF)

"How the repeal of Roe v. Wade will affect training in abortion and reproductive health." By Stacy Weiner. Association of American Medical Colleges, June 24, 2022, pp. 1-6
Analyzes how the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision and subsequent state level abortion laws may affect the training of medical students and OB-GYN residents. Discusses abortion-adjacent training requirements for medical students, such as miscarriage management. Explains how lack of abortion training can threaten the accreditation of medical programs and residents, mentions the struggles of several Texas programs to stay accredited.
See: https://www.aamc.org/news-insights/how-repeal-roe- ...
"Homebuilders cut boomtown prices." By Prashant Gopal. Bloomberg Businessweek, June 27, 2022, pp. 24-26
Observes that quickly rising mortgage rates have cooled the hot housing market and led many homebuilders to offer price cuts.
"How to pick a president: A guide to Electoral Count Act reform." By Andy Craig. CATO Policy Report, June 28, 2022, pp. 1-24
Presents a model template detailing how to reform the Electoral Count Act of 1887, the federal statute that governs how electoral votes are cast, certified, and counted.
See: https://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/2022-06/ ...
"Alignment between early childhood and child welfare systems benefits children and families." By Elizabeth Jordan, Sharon Vandivere, and Esther Gross. Child Trends, June 2022, pp. 1-18
Discusses the potential for increased collaboration between the child welfare and early childhood systems, focused around three main areas of opportunity: preventing child abuse and neglect, supporting children and families with open child welfare cases, and creating stronger functionality and supports in both systems.
See: https://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/202 ...
"Election integrity: Questions of trust." Economist, July 2nd-8th, 2022, pp. 24-25
Discusses recent developments that have transformed election administration into a partisan battleground.
See: https://www.economist.com/united-states/2022/06/28 ...
"One Texas judge wants children and families better served by a state too often leaving them behind." By Sandy West. The Imprint: Youth & Family News, June 23, 2022, pp. 1-6
Profiles Judge Aurora Martinez Jones of the Travis County 126th District Court, and her work to find solutions in the Texas child welfare system. Discusses federal court oversight of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in the foster care lawsuit.
See: https://imprintnews.org/child-welfare-2/texas-judg ...
"Dispute resolution outcomes for surprise bills in Texas." By Erin L. Duffy, et al. JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), June 21, 2022, pp. 2350-2351
Studies the independent dispute resolution (IDR) process in Texas related to surprise medical billing after the passage of SB 1264, 86th Legislature. Assesses the IDR payment outcomes for clinicians and compares them with the arbitration benchmarks used by the Texas Department of Insurance.
"No place for a child." By Julia Preston and Anna Flagg. Marshall Project, June 16, 2022, pp. 1-9
Reports that, since early 2017, one of every three people held in a Border Patrol facility was a minor. Discusses the effects of lifting Title 42 and other policy decisions on the handling of child migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and describes the experiences of minors in federal detention along the border, including at facilities in Texas.
See: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2022/06/16/no-p ...
"Motor vehicle crash deaths — United States and 28 other high-income countries, 2015 and 2019." By Merissa A. Yellman and Erin K. Sauber-Schatz. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), July 1, 2022, pp. 837-843
Finds the United States had the highest population-based motor vehicle crash death rate among 29 high-income countries in 2015 and 2019. Argues the Safe System approach can help reduce motor vehicle crash deaths and injuries and provides examples of specific policies.
See: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/wr/pdfs/mm7126 ...
"Cost-of-living adjustments (2022)." National Association of State Retirement Administrators, June 2022, pp. 1-17
Discusses periodic cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) in state and local government pensions, common COLA types and features, COLA costs, and recent changes. Features an appendix of COLA provisions by state, including the Texas County and District Retirement System, Employees Retirement System of Texas, Texas Municipal Retirement System, and Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
See: https://www.nasra.org/files/Issue%20Briefs/NASRACO ...
"Learning from state regulatory streamlining efforts." National Governors Association, July 1, 2022, pp. 1-15
Highlights specific state strategies that can be utilized to streamline regulatory systems and processes, including inventorying rules, committing to transparency, practicing outreach, and enacting oversight. Concludes that more effective government policies can ensure rules and regulations are easier for businesses and citizens to follow and are less burdensome to comply with.
See: https://www.nga.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Sta ...
"Will Merrick Garland defend democracy?" By Mark Hosenball. New Republic, July/August 2022, pp. 12-19
Questions if U.S. Attorney General Garland, in his ongoing mission to "depoliticize" the U.S. Department of Justice, will pursue charges against former President Trump for his role in the events of January 6, 2021.
"How manufactured homes can build housing stability." By Cameron Rifkin and Maddie Davis. State Legislatures News, June 28, 2022, pp. 1-5
Points out legal and regulatory hurdles associated with expanding use of manufactured homes as a source of affordable housing. Notes legislative reforms relating to financing, zoning, and landlord-tenant rights are gaining traction.
See: https://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/how-m ...
"After mass shootings, lawmakers weigh body armor bans." By Caitlin Dewey. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), June 30, 2022, pp. 1-5
Highlights concerns with state attempts to criminalize the sale or possession of civilian body armor and tactical gear.
See: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis ...
"Now that Roe is overturned, here's what's covered in Texas' abortion bans." By Isaiah Mitchell. Texan, June 27, 2022, pp. 1-2
Provides a brief overview of the unrepealed abortion ban codified as Chapter 6 1/2 under Title 71 of the Revised Civil Statutes and HB 1280, 87th Legislature, R.S.
See: https://thetexan.news/now-that-roe-is-overturned-h ...
"Senate committee holds 10-hour hearing on 'lessons to learn' from Texas' $10.8 billion COVID-19 response." By Kim Roberts. Texan, July 1, 2022, pp. 1-4
Describes testimony on public health data collection and the COVID-19 pandemic response at the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services hearing on June 27.
See: https://thetexan.news/senate-committee-holds-10-ho ...