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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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"Why relocate?" By Kathryn Hardison. Austin Business Journal, January 15, 2021, pp. 11-13
Discusses the driving factors that motivate California companies to relocate in Central Texas. Examines the cost differences between the two states and how Austin can manage its fast-paced growth.
"A controversial communication." By Emma Pettit. Chronicle of Higher Education, December 11, 2020, p. 7
Recounts a controversy over the disclosure of the COVID-19 death of a faculty member at Collin College, a community college district in Collin County, Texas.
"Texas must scrutinize potential charter schools before issuing approvals for growth." By Chloe Latham Sikes. IDRA Newsletter (Intercultural Development Research Association), November-December 2020, pp. 1-2, 7
Presents evidence that charter schools account for fourteen percent of state education funding, despite data showing they do not outperform public schools. Suggests that the Texas Education Agency and lawmakers should evaluate new charter schools' potential financial impact and possible segregating effects on local school systems.
See: https://www.idra.org/resource-center/texas-must-sc ...
"Bill would raise age of criminal responsibility to 18 in Texas." Imprint, January 8, 2021, pp. 1-2
Discusses HB 967, 87th Legislature, by Representative Harold Dutton, to raise the age of criminal responsibility to eighteen, and HB 890, 87th Legislature, by Representative Gary VanDeaver, to allow juvenile court judges to conduct depositions and hearings permanently via videoconference.
See: https://imprintnews.org/justice/bill-raise-age-cri ...
"States look to lower speed limits." By Douglas Shinkle and Jonathon Bates. NCSL Legisbrief, January 2021, pp. 1-2
Highlights state legislative action over the past decade giving state and local governments more flexibility to lower speed limits.
See: https://www.ncsl.org/Portals/1/Documents/legisbrie ...
"Making sense of the Facebook menace: Can the largest media platform in the world ever be made safe for democracy?" By Siva Vaidhyanathan. New Republic, January/February 2021, pp. 22-27
Examines the largely bipartisan critique of Facebook's effects on policy and elections. Discusses how the platform influences the way citizens consume and interact with information.
"Mass incarceration, COVID-19, and community spread." By Gregory Hooks and Wendy Sawyer. Prison Policy Initiative, December 2020, pp. 1-18
Measures the impact of incarceration on the spread of COVID-19, noting that inmate turnover and the connection between correctional facilities and their surrounding communities contributed to the virus's rate of spread. States that Texas experienced a net 55,017 additional coronavirus cases due to mass incarceration practices and calculates area-level impacts for Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, Dallas-Fort Worth, and McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr.
See: https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/covidspread.h ...
"Education-related funding in the December 2020 federal COVID relief bill." Southern Regional Education Board, January 14, 2021, pp. 1-6
Discusses the recent passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and the allocation of education funds and their acceptable uses for GEER (Governors Emergency Education Relief fund), HEER (Higher Education Emergency Relief fund), and ESSER (Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief fund).
Related information at: https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hr133/BILLS-116 ...
See: https://www.sreb.org/sites/main/files/file-attachm ...
"COVID-19 fuels sudden, surging demand for suburban housing." By Laila Assanie and Yichen Su. Southwest Economy (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), Fourth Quarter 2020, pp. 3-7, 16
Explores a recent Texas housing demand shift from renting to homeownership in the suburbs and larger home purchases due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses how business interruption and social distancing mandates have disrupted sustained growth in city centers.
See: https://www.dallasfed.org/research/swe/2020/swe200 ...
"A different kind of patient." By Joey Berlin. Texas Medicine, January 2021, pp. 39-40
Highlights the Texas Medical Association's (TMA) revision of their continuing medical education (CME) related to recognizing and helping victims of human trafficking. Notes the revised CME meets the requirements of HB 2059, 86th Legislature, which mandated a human trafficking prevention course for physician license renewal.
See: https://cdn.coverstand.com/55178/686744/733312ea75 ...