New & Noteworthy List for March 2024

A bibliography of books, reports, and other documents recently added to the Legislative Reference Library collection.

1. Border Policing: A History of Enforcement and Evasion in North America
By Edited by Holly M. Karibo and George T. Díaz.
Compiles a collection of essays that examines the history of North American nations’ attempts and failures to police their changing international borders from the War of 1812 to the 21st Century. Examines case studies of various state and federal policies used to regulate borders and the response of local border residents and regions to them. Includes discussion of Native Americans, state-sponsored vigilantism, policing through Prohibition, Border Patrol, and current day immigration enforcement.
University of Texas Press, 2024. 288 pages.
363.28 K18 2024
2. Getting Education Right: A Conservative Vision for Improving Early Childhood, K-12, and College
By Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane.
Presents an ideologically conservative perspective on education reform. Explores conservative views and values and how those values could be applied to education. Provides an overview of the historical foundations of American education. Emphasizes family-first educational policies and offers recommendations for how to approach educational reform for early childhood, K-12, and higher education.
Teachers College Press, 2024. 166 pages.
370.11 H586 2024
3. Liquid Asset: How Business and Government Can Partner to Solve the Freshwater Crisis
By Barton H. Thompson, Jr.
Addresses the growing freshwater supply challenges throughout the world with a focus on the United States. Discusses the traditional role of government in providing and maintaining public water infrastructure. Highlights the increased role of the private sector, including the privatization of municipal water systems and markets, and the unique ways private involvement can improve water management. Considers the benefits and issues with technological innovations like reclamation and desalination. Argues that water is neither fully a public nor a private commodity.
Stanford University Press, 2024. 302 pages.
333.9100973 T468 2024
4. Power: How the Electric Co-op Movement Energized the Lone Star State
By Joe Holley
Chronicles the birth and development of the electric cooperative movement and the electrification of rural Texas. Highlights the Texas Legislature’s involvement along with relevant state legislation, including HB 819, 64th Legislature, R.S., known as the Public Utility Regulatory Act, which created the Public Utility Commission in 1975. Concludes with discussion of the effect of Winter Storm Uri, climate resilience, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) on rural electric cooperatives.
Texas A&M University Press, 2024. 290 pages.
333.793 H738 2024
5. Who Rules the Texas House?: How Constituent Sovereignty Has Been Usurped Over Time
By Kent Grusendorf
Studies the changes to the parliamentary rules for the Texas House of Representatives and the effect these changes had on representative government in Texas. Profiles recent Speakers of the House and comments on the increase in political power of the speakership has gained over the last half-century. Includes House Rules from the 1st R.S. and 15th R.S. Legislatures and a legislative timeline of changes made to the House Rules. Written by former Representative Kent Grusendorf, who served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1987 to 2007.
Includes former Speakers Bill Wayne 'Billy' Clayton, Gibson Donald 'Gib' Lewis, James E. 'Pete' Laney, Thomas R. 'Tom' Craddick, Joe Straus, III, Dennis H. Bonnen, and Speaker Dade Phelan.
The Justice Foundation, 2024. 159 pages.
328.1 G892 2024
6. Why Does Everything Have to Be About Race?: 25 Arguments That Won't Go Away
By Keith Boykin
Discusses 25 common arguments used to distort racial history and racism in the United States. Explains and debunks each argument using the author's extensive research and reporting, as well as personal experience. Examines race-related topics, including the Civil War, Critical Race Theory, and affirmative action, along with the most common flawed reasoning associated with each. Offers strategies that can be used to counter the myths and disinformation regarding racism and Black history.
Bold Type Books, 2024. 270 pages.
305.800973 B791 2024
7. Migrating to Prison: America's Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants
By César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
Examines the immigration prison system and the developments from the origins to recent operations, from the mid-1980s to 2023, of using incarceration in immigration law enforcement. Discusses various state and federal rules, legislation, and lobbying efforts on both sides of the issue. Documents the presence of private prisons in immigration imprisonment. Argues for abolishing immigration imprisonment.
The New Press, 2023. 201 pages.
325.73 H557 2023
8. Lane Denton & "The Dirty Thirty:" The Real Texas Revolution: An Inspiring Story of Thirty Courageous Texas Legislators
By Lane Denton and Frederick Williams
Explores the life and work of former Representative Lane Denton. Written by Denton, he discusses his inspiration for and movement into the political arena. Chronicles Denton’s tenure in the Texas House, detailing his efforts with the “Dirty Thirty” who voted not to table a measure calling for a House investigation of then Speaker Gus Mutscher over the Sharpstown scandal. Includes historical documents and photographs related to Denton’s life and political career.
Pairee Publications, 2022. 266 pages.
328.764092 D415L 2022