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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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"Warranted intrusion?" By Wendy Davis. ABA Journal: The Lawyer's Magazine, December/January 2020-21, pp. 16-17
Examines the constitutionality of geofence warrants, also known as reverse location warrants, which permit law enforcement agencies to use location tracking on mobile devices to identify suspects.
See: https://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/law-en ...
"Productive partnerships." Capitol Ideas, Issue 5 2020, pp. 32-35
Explores how occupational licensing reforms can assist military families, unemployed and dislocated workers, and individuals with criminal records. Highlights a recent Council of State Governments report on a multi-year occupational licensing project.
Report at: https://licensing.csg.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/ ...
"Core principles to reframe mental and behavioral health policy." Center for Law and Social Policy, January 2021, pp. 1-9
Examines strategies for policymakers to reimagine key mental and behavioral health supports, and discusses methods to counter long-term structural inequities of race and poverty in mental health services.
See: https://www.clasp.org/sites/default/files/publicat ...
"Court Security Committees: Facility assessments help shape safety recommendations." By Julie Anderson. County Progress, January 2021, pp. 28-35
Examines the effect of SB 42, 85th Legislature, R.S., known as the Judge Julie Kocurek Judicial and Courthouse Security Act of 2017. Details the key mandates and how courthouses are meeting them.
See: https://dashboard.mazsystems.com/webreader/71105?p ...
"Tech and politics." Economist, January 16th-22nd, 2021, pp. 18-19
Examines the role of social networks, payment-processors, and infrastructure providers as a "police force" of the internet, removing objectionable content from online platforms.
"Texas politics: Stars and gripes." Economist, January 16th-22nd, 2021, p. 21
Considers issues Texas legislators will take up in the 2021 legislative session. Mentions House Speaker Dade Phelan.
"Court backs religious-school student’s participation in Vermont dual-enrollment program." By Mark Walsh. Education Week, January 15, 2021, pp. 1-2
Summarizes a federal appeals court ruling that states recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions support a student's claim that she should have access to dual-enrollment classes under the free exercise of religion clause of the First Amendment.
See: https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/court-backs ...
"'It’s just too much': Why students are abandoning community colleges in droves." By Lawrence Lanahan. Hechinger Report, January 15, 2021, pp. 1-5
Explores the pandemic-related decline in community college enrollment across the country, and mentions a recent National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report that finds enrollment declines are higher among students of color. Highlights strategies employed by the Alamo Colleges District in San Antonio and other community colleges to increase student engagement during the pandemic.
See: https://hechingerreport.org/its-just-too-much-why- ...
Report at: https://nscresearchcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/C ...
"Are colleges superspreaders?" By Lilah Burke. Inside Higher Ed, January 13, 2021, pp. 1-4
Discusses a recent study of thirty universities, including the University of Texas at Austin, which found that a peak in campus infections was often followed by rising infections in the surrounding community. Explores related research and notes the positive effects of campus re-openings.
See: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2021/01/13/col ...
Report at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10255 ...
"Vaccination coverage with selected vaccines and exemption rates among children in kindergarten — United States, 2019–20 school year." By Ranee Seither, et al. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), January 22, 2021, pp. 75-82
Provides state-level vaccination and exemption rates for the 2019-20 school year, noting a vaccination rate of approximately 95 percent nationally among children in kindergarten. Points out disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will reduce vaccination coverage and require follow-up by schools and immunization programs.
See: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/pdfs/mm7003 ...
"Five states break down interagency silos to strengthen their health and housing initiatives." By Allie Atkeson, Ariella Levisohn, and Jill Rosenthal. National Academy for State Health Policy, December 2020, pp. 1-32 (Note Length)
Highlights recent efforts to better deploy state resources through an aligned agenda to improve health and housing for those experiencing homelessness, those struggling with behavioral health or substance use disorders (SUDs), and those transitioning out of institutions. Includes discussion of a partnership between the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation.
See: https://www.nashp.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/H ...
"The regressive effects of regulations in Texas." By Dustin Chambers and Colin O'Reilly. Policy Brief (Mercatus Center, George Mason University), December 2020, pp. 1-6
Examines the impact of federal regulations from 1997 to 2015 on the Texas economy.
See: https://www.mercatus.org/system/files/chambers_and ...
"Pandemic unemployment benefits provided much-needed fiscal support." By Anil Kumar. Southwest Economy (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), Fourth Quarter 2020, pp. 10-13
Analyzes the economic impact of unemployment insurance benefits implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Finds that Texas lags behind many states in per-capita Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments, but also notes that Texas has a lower unemployment rate relative to the nation.
See: https://www.dallasfed.org/research/swe/2020/swe200 ...
"Class of COVID-19." By Jamie Ducharme. Time, January 18-25, 2021, pp. 38-43
Examines how medical education is being reshaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. Addresses the challenges of training future doctors during a pandemic and equipping them to take on race-based health disparities, unequal access to care, and treatment costs exacerbated by the pandemic.