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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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October 08, 2020 list Print (PDF)

"Trauma-informed strategies for supporting children and youth in the child welfare system during COVID-19." By Rebecca Vivrette and Jessica Dym Bartlett. Child Trends, September 2020, pp. 1-6
Provides guidance on increasing the resilience among children and youth in the child welfare system in light of the effects of COVID-19. Includes links to related research studies.
See: https://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/202 ...
"Trauma-informed strategies for supporting youth in the juvenile justice system during COVID-19." By Rebecca Vivrette, Allison Hebert, and Akiva Liberman. Child Trends, September 2020, pp. 1-6
Provides guidance on increasing the resilience of youth in the juvenile justice system affected by COVID-19. Includes links to related research studies.
See: https://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/202 ...
"Texas unemployment still high: Job effects linger months into pandemic." By David Green and Peggy Fikac. Fiscal Notes, September 2020, pp. 9-10
Charts trends in unemployment claims, unemployment insurance [UI] benefits, and unemployment rates in Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic.
See: https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/fiscal-notes ...
"Lessons from tracking coronavirus in juvenile facilities." By John Kelly. Imprint, September 30, 2020, p. 1
Highlights a new report by The Sentencing Project on how to control COVID-19 in the juvenile justice system. Notes Texas tested all juvenile detention facilities and found about fifteen percent of staff and youth were COVID-19 positive.
Report at: https://www.sentencingproject.org/wp-content/uploa ...
"Employee contributions to public pension plans." NASRA Issue Brief (National Association of State Retirement Administrators), September 2020, pp. 1-13
Examines employee contribution plan designs, policies, and recent trends across states. Provides a table of employee contribution rates by plan that includes the Employees Retirement System of Texas and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
See: https://www.nasra.org/files/Issue%20Briefs/NASRACo ...
"What types of economic policies do Americans support to help close the racial wealth gap?" By Guillermo Cantor and Simone Robbennolt. Policy Brief (Prosperity Now), September 2020, pp. 1-9
Reports the results of a survey gauging the level of support for different economic policy options that could be implemented to address racial wealth inequalities.
See: https://prosperitynow.org/sites/default/files/Repo ...
"2020 public plan investment update and COVID-19 market volatility." By Jean-Pierre Aubry. State and Local Pension Plans (Center for Retirement Research at Boston College), September 2020, pp. 1-7
Analyzes the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent financial market downturn on public pension investments. Finds that state and local pension plans outperformed their assumed return in fiscal year 2019 but will fall short of expectations in fiscal year 2020. Offers ideas for public plans to protect themselves in market downturns.
See: https://crr.bc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/SLP7 ...
"Voting by mail dates back to America’s earliest years." By Olivia B. Waxman. Time, September 28, 2020, pp. 1-3
Examines how voting by mail, or absentee voting, conducted on a large scale has changed since the Civil War. Includes a link to the current state laws on mail-in voting.
Related information at: https://time.com/5889969/how-to-vote-by-mail/
See: https://time.com/5892357/voting-by-mail-history/
"Zoom trials: The idea exceeds the technology." By Jennifer Lapinski, Robert Hirschhorn, and Lisa Blue. Voice for the Defense, October 2020, pp. 20-26
Examines the drawbacks of holding jury trials remotely through videoconferencing software, including inequality of access to technology in potential jury pools, privacy issues, and risk of technological error. Discusses the nation's first virtual jury trial held via Zoom in Travis County in August 2020.
See: https://www.voiceforthedefenseonline.com/zoom-tria ...