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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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December 03, 2020 list Print (PDF)

"Recognition of prior learning in the 21st century: The current state of higher learning policies." By Rosa M. García and Sarah Leibrandt. Center for Law and Social Policy, November 2020, pp. 1-15
Surveys the benefits of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) programs in which college credit is awarded for military service, work training, or other non-classroom experience. Gives examples of how PLA policies could be implemented at the federal, state, and institutional levels to increase equity in higher education for adult learners, low-income students, and students of color.
See: https://www.wiche.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/T ...
"Total state and local business taxes: State-by-state estimates for FY19." Council on State Taxation, October 2020, pp. 1-28 (Note Length)
Compares state and local business taxes paid in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, including business property taxes, sales and excise taxes, gross receipts taxes, corporate income and franchise taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, and pass-through business taxes. Finds Texas' business share of total state and local taxes was 59.6 percent in fiscal year 2019. Notes Texas had the largest dollar increase ($2.3 billion) in business property tax revenue.
See: https://www.cost.org/globalassets/cost/state-tax-r ...
"Cemeteries: Black tombs scatter." Economist, November 21st-27th, 2020, p. 27
Questions whether land developers should be required to preserve African-American cemeteries discovered on construction sites. Mentions proposed federal legislation, the African-American Burial Grounds Network Act.
Related information at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house ...
"Race and health: Far from equal." Economist, November 21st-27th, 2020, pp. 53-55
Discusses how COVID-19 has magnified racial health disparities and examines the complexity of their causes.
"Coronavirus funds for health care providers bring headaches with relief." By Anna Stevens. Houston Business Journal, November 12, 2020, p. 47
Outlines the reporting and auditing requirements for health care providers who received distributions from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). Recommends recipients monitor the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website for information about additional funding and reporting requirements.
Related information at: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider ...
"Young adults have worse outcomes than older adults: Secondary analysis of a medication trial for opioid use disorder." By Marc Fishman, et al. Journal of Adolescent Health, December 2020, pp. 778-785
Examines the disproportionate effect of the opioid crisis on young adults, individuals aged 18-25 years, including higher rates of relapse. Suggests developmentally informed interventions targeting young adults can improve treatment of opioid use disorder.
See: https://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(20)30 ...
"SALT trends in taxing the digital economy." By Jennifer W. Karpchuk and Ilya A. Lipin. Journal of MultiState Taxation and Incentives, November/December 2020, pp. 16-23
Examines state and local tax (SALT) initiatives to tax digital activities such as streaming services, third-party delivery platforms, and digital advertising. Discusses the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), signed into law in 1998, and the evolution of the digital economy.
Related information at: https://www.congress.gov/105/plaws/publ277/PLAW-10 ...
"Characterization of COVID-19 in assisted living facilities — 39 states, October 2020." By Sarah H. Yi, et al. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), November 20, 2020, pp. 1730-1735
Reports on the spread of COVID-19 among residents and staff members in U.S. assisted living facilities (AFLs). Notes 21 percent of residents with COVID-19 died, compared to 3 percent who died among the general population with COVID-19. Includes statistics for Texas.
See: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/pdfs/mm6946 ...
"Supporting state behavioral health systems during COVID-19 response and recovery." National Governors Association, November 17, 2020, pp. 1-13
Identifies the key issues that are currently challenging state behavioral health systems and examines actions that state agencies may consider to support and sustain behavioral health services.
See: https://www.nga.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Sup ...
"Flipping the burb." By Luke Thompson. National Review, November 30, 2020, pp. 31-32
Analyzes recent election data and concludes that American suburbs are generally shifting toward voting for Democratic candidates. Explores possible explanations, including demographic change and the growth of the health care and education sectors. Mentions suburbs in specific Texas counties, including Collins and Hays.
See: https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2020/11/30 ...
"How teachers experienced the COVID-19 transition to remote instruction." By David T. Marshall, David M. Shannon, and Savanna M. Love. Phi Delta Kappan, November 2020, pp. 46-50
Summarizes the results of an anonymous survey of teachers on their experiences related to the sudden transition to remote teaching early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Makes recommendations for future emergency planning and remote learning systems based on survey findings.
See: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0031 ...
"Principles for the relief and recovery phase of rebuilding the U.S. economy." By Josh Bivens. Policy Report (Economic Policy Institute), November 24, 2020, pp. 1-13
Discusses the amount of upfront stimulus and investments required to ensure a return to a high-pressure, low-unemployment U.S. labor market by mid-2022.
See: https://files.epi.org/pdf/215309.pdf
"Bullying in Texas schools." By Ellen G. Patterson. Texas Bar Journal, December 2020, pp. 868-870
Provides an overview of David's Law, SB 179, 85th Legislature, R.S., enacted in 2017 to combat bullying and cyberbullying among school-aged children.
See: https://cdn.coverstand.com/21412/683328/9220899ce9 ...
"Far from over: COVID-19 is worse than it's ever been." By Jamie Ducharme. Time, November 30, 2020, pp. 40-45
Speculates why Americans are risking exposure to COVID-19 despite all the warnings by medical experts that the spread of the virus is getting much worse. Notes the outbreak in El Paso has forced the city to use refrigerated trailers staffed by inmates as temporary morgues.
See: https://time.com/5913620/covid-third-wave/