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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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"A question of neglect?" By Harris Meyer. ABA Journal: The Lawyer's Magazine, October/November 2020, pp. 46, 48-53
Reports on the growing number of lawsuits against nursing homes for coronavirus-related deaths. Indicates these cases will present unprecedented questions for judges, juries, and arbitrators.
See: https://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/corona ...
"Lessons from early implementation of Pandemic-EBT: Opportunities to strengthen rollout for school year 2020-2021." By Zoë Neuberger, et al. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, October 8, 2020, pp. 1-13
Highlights the federal Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer [P-EBT] program that allows states to provide grocery benefits to low-income families with children approved for free or reduced-price school meals. Discusses a new consulting report on the state implementation of P-EBT and offers policy ideas for states to strengthen the program.
Report at: https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/atoms/fil ...
See: https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/atoms/fil ...
"Driverless technology parking in DFW." By Brian Womack. Dallas Business Journal, October 9, 2020, p. 11
Reports key players in the driverless truck industry are investing in the North Texas region. Discusses Dallas–Fort Worth's freight sector.
"When there's a COVID-19 vaccine, school employees could be among the first to get it." By Evie Blad. Education Week, September 30, 2020, p. 10
Discusses the recently released United States Department of Health and Human Services plan for how states should operate their COVID-19 vaccination programs. Discusses how educators and school employees may be in the second wave of vaccinations and the role schools could play in serving as locations for pop-up clinics.
Related information at: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/imz-managers/download ...
"Why online voting will have to wait." By Jeff John Roberts. Fortune, October 2020, pp. 53-54
Highlights the legal and logistical challenges of implementing a national online voting system. Mentions Travis County's online dashboard to check wait times at polling locations.
"Legislative sessions constrained by COVID-19 must not exclude community participation." By Morgan Craven. IDRA Newsletter (Intercultural Development Research Association), September 2020, pp. 1-2, 8
Discusses how necessary safety precautions during the legislative session could exclude stakeholders from the legislative process. Makes suggestions to ensure equitable access during the pandemic, including the creation of user-friendly and multilingual online platforms and the availability of translation services for both in-person and virtual testimony.
See: https://www.idra.org/resource-center/legislative-s ...
"Top scholars expect continued crime declines, despite decreased incarceration." By Michael Fitzgerald. Imprint, October 8, 2020, pp. 1-2
Highlights a new analysis by three prominent criminologists that finds demographic and economic factors play more of a role in decreasing crime rates than imprisonment rates. Discusses the effect of declining juvenile arrests on the crime rate.
Report at: https://hfg.org/past and future crime rates.pdf
See: https://imprintnews.org/justice/juvenile-justice-2 ...
"Lower flu vaccination rates among Black, Hispanic, and low-income seniors suggest challenges for COVID-19 vaccination efforts." By Juliette Cubanski, Tricia Neuman, and Anthony Damico. Issue Brief (Kaiser Family Foundation), October 6, 2020, pp. 1-4
Explores variation in the rate of flu vaccination among adults ages 65 and older covered by Medicare and reasons cited for not getting vaccinated. Argues well-targeted outreach efforts and messaging involving trusted sources will be important to achieve high COVID-19 vaccination rates.
See: https://www.kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/lower-flu ...
"Trends in COVID-19 incidence after implementation of mitigation measures — Arizona, January 22–August 7, 2020." By M. Shayne Gallaway, et al. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), October 9, 2020, pp. 1460-1463
Finds the number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona stabilized and then decreased after sustained implementation and enforcement of statewide and locally enhanced mitigation measures. Includes a chart comparing selected mitigation measures with COVID-19 case counts.
See: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6940e3.ht ...
"Boosting safety on college campuses." By Marilyn Villalobos. NCSL Legisbrief, October 2020, pp. 1-2
Summarizes state and federal action to increase safety on college and university campuses. Includes a link to search the National Conference of State Legislatures' postsecondary bill database for bills addressing campus safety during the 2020 legislative sessions.
See: https://www.ncsl.org/Portals/1/Documents/legisbrie ...
Related information at: https://www.ncsl.org/research/education/postsecond ...
"Born unequal." By Janet Currie. Scientific American, October 2020, pp. 50-57
Explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected minorities in the United States. Discusses how fetal and newborn health can influence income inequality and health disparities. Argues targeted programs related to improving maternal and newborn health can result in positive outcomes, even during a pandemic.
"Will the pandemic change the way we deliver K-12 education?" By Michelle Exstrom. State Legislatures, October 6, 2020, pp. 1-5
Reports the pandemic is exposing inequities and achievement gaps in the current education system. Considers how to redesign and create an educational blueprint that ensures all students leave high school ready for college or a career.
See: https://www.ncsl.org/research/education/will-the-p ...
"The wasteland underwater." By Lise Olsen and David Hasemyer. Texas Observer, September 24, 2020, pp. 1-12
Examines how climate change will effect hazardous-waste sites known as "Superfund sites" in Texas and the United States. Discusses the history of the Alcoa plant site in Lavaca Bay and how Hurricane Harvey may have affected mercury contamination in the area. Includes a map of Superfund sites that are vulnerable to flood, hurricanes, wildfires, and/or sea-level rise.
See: https://www.texasobserver.org/superfund-texas/