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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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"Economic impacts of health disparities in Texas 2020—An update in the time of COVID-19." By Ani Turner, et al. Altarum, January 12, 2021, pp. 1-18
Discusses how disparities in health impose a substantial human cost and a significant economic burden to the Texas economy. Provides cost estimates for 2020 and 2030 related to excess medical care spending, lost productivity, and the value of life years lost due to premature deaths. Examines the additional economic impacts created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
See: https://altarum.org/sites/default/files/uploaded-p ...
"Kids, families and COVID-19: Pandemic pain points and the urgent need to respond." Annie E. Casey Foundation, December 14, 2020, pp. 1-19
Examines the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on child well-being, households, and families in the areas of health care, economic stability, and education. Discusses federal and state policy responses to support families and children.
See: https://www.aecf.org/resources/kids-families-and-c ...
"Occidental goes green to produce more oil." By Kevin Crowley, Alix Steel, and Akshat Rathi. Bloomberg Businessweek, January 18, 2021, pp. 10-11
Highlights Occidental Petroleum Corporation's plans to build the first large-scale direct air capture (DAC) plant in Texas' Permian Basin. Asserts that the DAC process can possibly make oil production carbon-neutral by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and using it to free underground oil.
"Twenty Under Forty: Joe Moody, Representative, Speaker Pro Tempore | TX." Capitol Ideas, Issue 5 2020, pp. 16-17, 22
Profiles Representative Joe Moody, one of the recipients of the inaugural 20 Under 40 Leadership Award from the Council of State Governments.
"For schools chief Pedro Martinez, college readiness is poverty-proofing." By Henry Gass. Christian Science Monitor, December 28, 2020, pp. 16-17
Profiles the tenure of San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) superintendent Pedro Martinez. Emphasizes the district's increase in college readiness, as well as criticisms of Martinez's reforms.
"Where teachers are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine." Education Week, February 2, 2021, pp. 1-8
Examines states' plans for vaccinating K-12 teachers. Reports some or all teachers are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in 25 states.
See: https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/where-teac ...
"Weathering the pandemic: Texas industries and COVID-19." By Olga Garza, et al. Fiscal Notes, December 2020 - January 2021, pp. 1, 3-14
Examines the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Texas industries by sector: leisure and hospitality providers, restaurants and bars, retailers, passenger airlines, and hospitals.
See: https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/fiscal-notes ...
"Three interventions to address the other pandemic—firearm injury and death." By Frederick P. Rivara, Fredrick E. Vars, and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar. JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), January 26, 2021, pp. 343-344
Describes three interventions that may reduce gun violence and that have been supported by individuals across the political spectrum: mapping locations to temporarily store firearms during crises, voluntary do-not-sell lists, and extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs).
See: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/ ...
"Supporting social-emotional and mental health needs of young children through Part C Early Intervention: Results of a 50-state survey." By Sheila Smith, et al. National Center for Children in Poverty, November 2020, pp. 1-25
Examines early intervention (EI) programs developed under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to serve young children with social-emotional delays and mental health conditions. Evaluates EI programs in all 50 states and DC within six major areas: promotion, screening, referral, and evaluation; referral, screening, and evaluation of infants and toddlers involved in child welfare; services for children not eligible for Part C; services and supports for enrolled children (including maternal depression); Medicaid and Part C early intervention; and professional development to address needs in the social-emotional domain.
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See: https://www.nccp.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Pa ...
"Cooperative federalism: A path to proactive managed retreat." By Manisha Patel and Allie Reilly. Natural Resources & Environment, Winter 2021, pp. 20-24
Discusses cooperation between state and federal governments to solve the crisis of rising sea levels and extreme weather events through managed retreat — the purposeful, coordinated movement of people and assets out of harm's way. Highlights the current patchwork of regulations and policies governing coastal land use and the argument for a new federal approach.
"Price transparency and variation in U.S. health services." By Nisha Kurani, et al. Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker, January 13, 2021, pp. 1-10
Summarizes the key requirements for hospitals, insurers, and self-funded employer plans under new federal price transparency rules. Finds that certain common services may be better suited for transparency efforts as their prices vary widely even within a given geographical region. Notes transparency may not lower costs but could inform future policy.
See: https://www.healthsystemtracker.org/brief/price-tr ...
"Enhancing accountability: Collective bargaining and police reform." By Daniel DiSalvo. Report (Manhattan Institute), January 2021, pp. 1-12
Assesses the role of police unions in creating job protections for officers. Identifies areas in which policymakers should concentrate in future rounds of collective bargaining in order to improve the performance of police departments and enhance public trust in them.
See: https://media4.manhattan-institute.org/sites/defau ...
"Constitutional carry, 2nd Amendment sanctuary, and anti-red flag laws: A look at pro-gun bills in Texas." By Daniel Friend. Texan, January 29, 2021, pp. 1-3
Details pro-gun legislation filed in the 87th Legislature, including constitutional carry, expansions of where weapons can be carried, and state protection against federal policy.
"2021 outlook." By M. Ray Perryman. Texas Banking, January 2021, pp. 8-11
Reviews recent employment indicators in Texas and key factors affecting recovery from the pandemic. Suggests that while COVID-19 will continue to cause economic fallout, Texas is positioned for economic growth in the "new normal." Includes a table of wage and salary employment by industry sector.