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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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"The looming end to affirmative action." By Ellie Gardey. American Spectator, December 12, 2020, pp. 1-4
Discusses affirmative action lawsuits currently pending in the federal courts and potential outcomes in the U.S. Supreme Court. Reviews the Court's 2016 opinion in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.
See: https://spectator.org/affirmative-action-scotus/
Related information at: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/14-981 ...
"Tapping more people's capacity to innovate can help states thrive." By Wesley Tharpe, Michael Leachman, and Matt Saenz. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, December 9, 2020, pp. 1-44 (Note Length)
Examines how innovations in technology, medicine, and industry affect state economic prosperity and discusses gender, racial, and class disparities among U.S. inventors. Details wide-ranging state strategies to support K-12 education, leverage colleges and universities, and bolster economic security to support creative potential and innovation. Mentions Texas.
See: https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/atoms/fil ...
"Early evidence of Medicaid's important role in school-based health services." By Andra Wilkinson, et al. Child Trends, December 14, 2020, pp. 1-13
Explores the relationship between state Medicaid policy and school-based health services. Includes detailed study methods and state tables.
See: https://www.childtrends.org/publications/early-evi ...
Related information at: https://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/202 ...
Related information at: https://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/202 ...
"CDC: Here’s how much it would cost schools to safeguard against COVID-19." By Andrew Ujifusa. Education Week, December 11, 2020, pp. 1-2
Discusses results of a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the cost estimates for protecting K-12 public students from COVID-19. Mentions a school district in Seguin, Texas spent $1.6 million on on preventative measures when they reopened their schools.
Report at: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6950e1.ht ...
See: https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/cdc-heres-h ...
"Mexican consumption and the economic impact of the coronavirus on Texas border counties." By Jose Ivan Rodriguez-Sanchez. Issue Brief (Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy), December 4, 2020, pp. 1-8
Analyzes the impact of coronavirus-related travel restrictions on the tourism industry of U.S. border counties. Focuses on counties in Texas that have a port of entry with Mexico.
See: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/2 ...
"Costs of COVID-19 evictions." By Dan Threet, et al. National Low Income Housing Coalition, November 19, 2020, pp. 1-13
Highlights public costs of eviction-related homelessness if the U.S. does not provide adequate rental assistance and eviction protections during the COVID-19 pandemic, including emergency shelter, medical care, foster care, and juvenile delinquency costs. Includes an appendix of costs by state for assumption of future rent payments, showing Texas with 603,426 households at risk of eviction under the Federal Reserve proportional model, at an estimated public cost of $5.5 million.
See: https://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/costs-of-cov ...
"Pipeline development progressing through challenges." By Mikaila Adams. Oil and Gas Journal, November 2, 2020, pp. 16-17
Provides an update on various pipeline projects in the oil and gas industry, including some located in Texas.
"The long-term economic forecast for Texas metropolitan areas." By M. Ray Perryman. Perryman Report and Texas Letter, Vol. 37, No. 10, pp. 1-3, 6-7
Presents a positive long-term economic forecast for job growth in the state's largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and select smaller MSAs.
"Will cities survive 2020?" By Christian Britschgi. Reason, January 2021, pp. 18-27
Examines developments in public transport, traffic, remote work, and municipal deregulation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights Houston's lack of zoning laws as a policy that allows flexible responses to crises.
See: https://reason.com/2020/12/05/will-cities-survive- ...
"Spreading like wildfire." By Dean Lueck and Jonathan Yoder. Regulation (CATO Institute), Winter 2020-2021, pp. 36-42
Suggests the wildfire management strategies of prevention, detection, and suppression can inform COVID-19 policy.
See: https://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/2020-12/ ...
"Ranking property taxes on the 2021 State Business Tax Climate Index." By Janelle Cammenga. Tax Foundation, December 9, 2020, pp. 1-5
Maps state rankings according to the property tax component of the 2021 State Business Tax Climate Index. Ranks Texas 36th in terms of competitiveness of the property tax structure.
Report at: https://taxfoundation.org/2021-state-business-tax- ...
See: https://taxfoundation.org/best-worst-state-propert ...
"Fraud is now legal in Texas (for some people)." By Val D. Ricks. Texas A&M Law Review, Fall 2020, pp. 1-62 (Note Length)
Examines appellate court interpretations of Business Organizations Code, Section 21.223, Limitation of Liability for Organizations, and argues that corporate actors are immune from personal liability for fraud as long as the fraud relates to or arises from a contractual obligation of the corporation. Discusses TecLogistics, Inc. v. Dresser-Rand Group, Inc. and Hong v. Harvey.
Related information at: http://search.txcourts.gov/Case.aspx?cn=14-16-0094 ...
Related information at: http://www.search.txcourts.gov/Case.aspx?cn=14-16- ...
See: https://scholarship.law.tamu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.c ...
Related information at: https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/BO/htm/BO. ...
"Patient privacy’s new frontier." By Joey Berlin. Texas Medicine, December 2020, pp. 22-23
Discusses digital patient data and the American Medical Association's (AMA) Privacy Principles that aim to protect patient privacy when health information is held by organizations that are not covered by HIPAA. Mentions the Texas Privacy Protection Advisory Council's September report that includes recommendations for improving privacy practices in Texas.
See: https://cdn.coverstand.com/55178/682166/808fc8a197 ...
Related information at: https://senate.texas.gov/cmtes/86/c990/c990.Interi ...
Related information at: https://www.ama-assn.org/system/files/2020-05/priv ...
"Absurd results during COVID-19." By Stan Schwieger. Voice for the Defense, December 2020, pp. 22-24
Explores the history of Texas statutes which increase punishment for offenses committed in an area subject to a state of disaster declaration. Explains how interpretation of the statutes' plain language could lead to increased penalties in cases that do not warrant this punishment, and advises lawyers about how to prove that application of disaster statutes to their cases produces an "absurd result."
See: https://www.voiceforthedefenseonline.com/newslette ...