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Interim Hearings - Week of September 12, 2016

Interim Hearings - Week of September 12

Today's Committee Meetings on the LRL website is a calendar of interim committee hearings with links to agendas. Below are resources related to upcoming Interim Hearings.

September 12 Top

Senate Committee on Higher Education

Charge: Regional workforce needs in the state, baccalaureate degrees at public community colleges

Charge: Implementation of legislation, specifically:

  1. Initiatives designed to create effective, clear transfer pathways for students, including the newly enacted multidisciplinary studies associate degree
  2. Implementation and progress of the Math and Science Scholars Loan Repayment Program
  3. Progress of pilot program enacted by the 83rd Legislature relating to improving student loan default rates and financial aid literacy among postsecondary students


September 13 Top

House Committees on Defense & Veterans' Affairs and Higher Education (Joint Hearing) 

Joint charge: Hazlewood Act


House Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility

Charge 1: Extent to which state regulation and policy are influenced by mandates attached to federal funding

Charge 2: Resolutions approved by the Legislature during recent legislative sessions calling on the federal government to take certain actions, and actions taken


Charge 3: Texas statutes prohibiting or restricting investment in foreign nations


Topic: Article V

Senate Committee on Education

Charge: Digital learning, school broadband access

Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation, specifically legislation to establish criteria for alternative measures of assessments to meet high school graduation requirements


Senate Committee on Health & Human Services

Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation and riders, including but not limited to:

  • The impact of changes made by the Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Protective Services on child safety, workforce retention, prevention, and permanency;
  • Initiatives to reduce Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse, and other cost containment strategies, including examining the processes and procedures used by managed care organizations to address Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse; and
  • The consolidation and expansion of women's health programs at the Health and Human Services Commission.

Charge: Impact of the Section 1115 Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program Waiver; other mechanisms to control costs and increase quality and efficiency in the Medicaid program, including the pursuit of a block grant or a Section 1332 Medicaid State Innovation Waiver

September 14 Top

Joint Legislative Committee on Health & Human Services Transition, Oversight

Charge: Short-term lending industry in Texas, consumer access to credit, consumer protections

Charge 2: Family law and parent-child relationship statutes and application of foreign law

Charge 3: Self-represented litigants

Charge 5: Implementation of expedited action provisions of HB 274, 82nd Legislature, R.S.

Senate Committee on Education

Charge: School choice, education savings account and tax credit scholarship programs

Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation, specifically:

Senate Committee on State Affairs  

Charge: Guardianships 

Charge: Public integrity unit under authority of Texas Rangers 


Charge: Practice of using public funds and employees for the payment processing of union dues 

Senate Committee on Transportation

Topic: Overview and update from the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Texas Department of Public Safety

Charge: New and anticipated revenue appropriated to the Texas Department of Transportation and recommendations that address project prioritization and selection, effectiveness of staffing levels and project delivery methods

Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation, specifically:

1.      Progress of the Texas Department of Transportation's efforts to propose a plan to eliminate toll roads

2.      Removing eminent domain authority from private toll corporations

3.      Ending the issuing of any new debt from the Texas Mobility Fund (TMF) and prohibiting future use of the TMF on toll projects


September 15 Top

Senate Committee on Finance                 

Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation, specifically:

  1. Tax relief provided to property owners
  2. Gradual phase out of the franchise tax
  3. Support for and the enhancement of graduate medical education
  4. Efforts of the Department of Information Resources (DIR) to modernize the technology of state agencies
  5. Implementation of required changes to state agency contracting, purchasing, and accounting procedures
  6. Monitor the implementation of Health and Human Services Commission Rider 50


Senate Select Committee on Texas Ports

Topic: Economic impact that inland waterways, coastal ports and inland ports have on the state economy

Topic: Future impact that the Panama Canal expansion will have on Texas ports