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.

 

For recent posts on Interim Hearings, see Interim Hearing Resources on the LRL homepage. The "Recent Entries" list on the left provides quick access to interim hearings posts from previous weeks.

September 10

Senate Committee on State Affairs

Charge: Structure of court fees; oversight of fee collection

Charge: Attorney General's efforts related to price-gouging

Charge: Looting crimes during a disaster

 

September 11

Senate Committee on Finance

Charge: Implementation of funding initiative, Health Care Costs Across State Agencies - coordination efforts among state agencies to improve health care and reduce costs pursuant to General Appropriations Act, Article IX, Section 10.06 and Section 10.07

 

Charge: Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery funds

Charge: Long-term impact of Hurricane Harvey on the Texas economy and the gulf coast region

 

September 12

Senate Committee on Criminal Justice

Charge: Identify successful re-entry programs

Charge: State jail review to improve outcomes

Charge: Telemedicine in correctional facilities

Charge: Human trafficking awareness and prevention

Charge: Monitoring

  • SB 12, 85th Legislature, R.S., Relating to the creation of a grant program to assist law enforcement agencies with the purchase of bulletproof vests and body armor;
  • SB 30, 85th Legislature, R.S., Relating to the inclusion of instruction regarding interaction with peace officers in the required curriculum for certain public school students and in driver education courses and to civilian interaction training for peace officers; and
  • SB 1326, 85th Legislature, R.S., Relating to procedures regarding criminal defendants who are or may be persons with a mental illness or an intellectual disability and to certain duties of the Office of Court Administration of the Texas Judicial System related to persons with mental illness

 

Senate Committees on Education and Higher Education (Joint Hearing)

Charge: Dual credit

 

Senate Committee on Health & Human Services

Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, 85th Legislature and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation, including but not limited to:

  • Initiatives to increase capacity and reduce waitlists in the mental health system, including the construction of state hospitals and new community grant programs;
  • Initiatives to better understand the causes of maternal mortality and morbidity, including the impact of legislation passed during the first special session of the 85th Legislature. Recommend ways to improve health outcomes for pregnant women and methods to better collect data related to maternal mortality and morbidity;
  • Initiatives intended to improve child safety, Child Protective Services workforce retention, and development of additional capacity in the foster care system. Make additional recommendations to ensure children with high levels of medical or mental health needs receive timely access to services in the least restrictive setting;
  • Efforts to transfer case management of foster children and families to Single Source Continuum Contractors (SSCCs). Monitor the progress of this transition and make recommendations to ensure the process provides continuity of services for children and families and ongoing community engagement;
  • Initiatives to strengthen oversight of long-term care facilities to ensure safety and improve quality for residents and clients of these entities; and
  • Abortion complications and other reporting legislation that was passed by the 85th Legislature.

Topic: Rural hospitals

 

 

Joint Legislative Committee on Health & Human Services Transition

 

House Committees on Public Health and Urban Affairs (Joint Hearing)   

Charge: Housing instability, homelessness, and mental illness

 

September 13

House Committee on Natural Resources (Del Rio)

Specific issue related to Charge 3: Status of groundwater policy in Texas, g. emerging issues in groundwater and surface water interaction, in particular in areas of increasing competition for scarce resources

Charge 8: Hazards presented by abandoned and deteriorated groundwater wells

 

House Committee on Public Health   

Charge: Women's health services, Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force, pre-term and low birth weight births and use of alcohol and tobacco

Charge: Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature, specifically, implementation of HB 10HB 13, and SB 292, 85th Legislature, R.S.

 

Topic: Implementation update regarding HB 337, 85th Legislature, R.S.