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Interim Hearings – Week of November 23

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.

 

November 23
House Committee on General Investigating (Dallas)

The committee will meet for consideration of, and possible action on, a complaint received by the committee under House Rule 15 and Housekeeping Resolution Article 9.

 

Under Article 9.03(j), Housekeeping Resolution, and Committee Rule 12, all committee proceedings on a complaint are completely confidential.

 

The committee may enter into an executive session to consider any matter authorized to be considered in an executive session under Subchapter B, Chapter 301, Government Code, the Rules of the House of Representatives, the Housekeeping Resolution, and the committee's rules.

 

Senate Committee on Senate Chamber Review
Topic: Invited testimony on the history and procedure related to the placement of art and other decor in the Texas Senate Chamber

 

House Committee Resources: Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence

House Committee Resources: Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence

The committee has requested written submissions on the following topics. Below are resources related to those topics.

 

House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence

Charge 1: Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 86th Legislature. Conduct active oversight of all associated rulemaking and other governmental actions taken to ensure intended legislative outcome of all legislation, including the following:

 

Charge 2: Study opportunities to modernize and improve local and statewide data collection throughout the criminal justice system in Texas, including improving the collection and reporting of court records, to promote transparency and ensure uniform data collection processes. 

 

Charge 3: Study the Rule Against Perpetuities as used by trusts. Examine whether statutory changes are necessary and appropriate to make Texas more competitive and keep trust capital and estate planning businesses in Texas.

 

Charge 4: Monitor the State Auditor's review of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

Current Articles & Research Resources, November 19

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Search for state legislation related to student loans. (National Conference of State Legislators, November 2, 2020)
  • Track state vaccination plans for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. (Council of State Governments, ©2020)
  • Review safe holiday gathering activities as determined by doctors. (Texas Medical Association, November 17, 2020)
  • Keep your pets safe over the winter holidays. (American Veterinary Medical Association, accessed November 19, 2020)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

 

Prefiling Statistics, 87th Regular Session

In Texas, the Rules of the House of Representatives of the State of Texas (Rule 8, Section 7) and the Senate Rules (Rule 7.04(a)) allow legislators to prefile bills "beginning the first Monday after the general election preceding the next regular legislative session."

 

Prefiling for the 87th Texas Legislature began on Monday, November 9, the first Monday after the general election on Tuesday, November 3. On November 9, a total of 541 bills and joint resolutions were filed in the House and Senate.

 

The following are the number of bills and joint resolutions prefiled during the first week of the 87th Regular Session:

87th Regular Session – Prefiled Bills and Joint Resolutions
(11/09/2020–11/13/2020)
HB/HJR 576
SB/SJR 169
Total 745

 

How do these numbers compare to previous sessions? The following are the number of bills and joint resolutions filed during the first week of the last four regular sessions:

86th Regular Session – Prefiled Bills and Joint Resolutions
(11/12/2018–11/16/2018)
HB/HJR 382
SB/SJR 184
Total 566

 

85th Regular Session – Prefiled Bills and Joint Resolutions
(11/14/2016–11/18/2016)
HB/HJR 389
SB/SJR 239
Total 628

 

84th Regular Session – Prefiled Bills and Joint Resolutions
(11/10/2014–11/14/2014)
HB/HJR 282
SB/SJR 172
Total 454

 

83rd Regular Session – Prefiled Bills and Joint Resolutions
(11/12/2012-11/16/2012)
HB/HJR 203
SB/SJR 106
Total 309

Chart comparing the number of bills and joint resolutions filed during the first week of prefiling from the past five legislative sessions.

For a general overview of bill prefiling, see our previous blog post, Bill Prefiling FAQs.

Current Articles & Research Resources, November 12

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Consider how the states and the federal government are trying to revitalize recycling efforts. (National Conference of State Legislatures, November 2020)
  • Explore instances of voter fraud by state. (The Heritage Foundation, ©2020)
  • Track demographic changes in the U.S. electorate. (Pew Research Center, September 23, 2020)
  • Review projects related to easing congestion on Texas roadways. (Texas Department of Transportation, accessed November 10, 2020)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Interim Hearings – Week of November 9

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.

 

November 13

Senate Committee on Education

Charge: Digital Learning: Assess the Texas Virtual School Network and the new Texas Home Learning System to evaluate effectiveness of each and recommend model legislation to improve digital learning options for students, families, and educators.

 

Charge: Special Education: Evaluate ongoing strategies to continuously improve special education services for students in public schools, including methods for educating students in a remote setting, as well as the Texas Education Agency's corrective action plan. 

 

Charge: Monitoring: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Education passed by the 86th Legislature, as well as relevant agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction. Specifically, make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, or complete implementation of the following:

 

Charge: Examine best practices by school districts and charters in providing education during the COVID-19 pandemic, including methods of delivery for education. Highlight the best practice responses to challenges such as a lack of electronic devices and broadband/internet connection, as well as methods utilized to ensure students maintain growth throughout the academic year.

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, November 5

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Review election results from the November 3 general election. (Texas Secretary of State, accessed November 4, 2020)
  • Read the latest Annual Cash Report. (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, November 2, 2020)
  • Track sexual assault crime data by county. (State Auditor's Office, October 2020)
  • Consider whether cloth face masks can reduce the spread of COVID-19. (LLRX, October 30, 2020)
  • Explore the legal landscape of various topics, like presidential authority, elections, and COVID-19. (American Bar Association, accessed November 4, 2020)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Sunset Commission Meeting, November 12

Sunset Commission Meeting

Sunset Advisory Commission, November 12  CANCELED
Staff presentation and invited testimony only:

 

Approval of Sunset across-the-board (ATB) recommendations

 

Consideration and possible action on the recommendations for the following agencies:

Research Minute: Texas Appointment System

Use the Texas Appointment System, under the Legislators & Leaders tab on the LRL's website, to find current information on the membership of state councils, boards, and commissions appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House.

 

 

Search by the name of a person to view a list of an individual's current appointments.

 

Search by group name to find a group's creation date, purpose, legal authority, and a list of current members. The entry for a group may also include links to outside resources, such as the group's website, a history of the group, or a directory listing.

 

House Committee Resources: Defense & Veterans' Affairs

House Committee Resources: Defense & Veterans' Affairs

The committee has requested written submissions on the following topics. Below are resources related to those topics.

 

House Committee on Defense & Veterans' Affairs

Charge 1: Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 86th Legislature. Conduct active oversight of all associated rulemaking and other governmental actions taken to ensure intended legislative outcome of all legislation, including the following: 

  • HB 1326, which is the sunset legislation for the Texas Military Department. Examine the Adjutant General's policy outlining the director of state administration's responsibility for state administrative interests across all programs, including evaluating procedures for oversight of state employees and mitigating compliance risks.

    • Texas Military Department (Sunset Review Documents for the 2018-2019 Review Cycle, 86th Legislative Session), Texas Sunset Advisory Commission

 

Charge 2: Study the mental health treatment options available for all Texas veterans, including efforts to fill gaps left by federal government. Make recommendations for future legislation streamlining mental health treatment coordination among federal, state, and local agencies. 

 

Charge 3: Study the potential impact of eliminating Regional Military Sustainability Commissions as an ineffective tool in assisting Texas military installations and their host defense communities with protecting the missions, operations, readiness, and resiliency of military installations. Identify new and enhanced strategies to replace the Commissions with land use limitations or restrictions, regulatory strategies, annexation powers, contractual agreements, or other tools to preserve military use areas inside and outside municipal boundaries. 

 

Charge 4: Examine gaps in services and assess efforts to connect justice-involved veterans, senior citizens, and homeless populations to services while incarcerated and after release at both the local and state levels. Specifically, the committee should evaluate training and technical assistance provided by the Texas Veterans Commission to criminal justice agencies. 

 

Charge 5: Review the connection between the economic vitality of business and industry and the economic vitality of our military veterans transitioning into the workforce. Specifically, the committee should analyze barriers to military veterans transitioning from active duty to civilian life, the effectiveness of government transition and training benefits, and current and ongoing demand for veteran and military spouse employment from industry in Texas. 

 

Charge 6: Monitor the State Auditor's review of agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction. The Chair shall seek input and periodic briefings on completed audits for the 2019 and 2020 fiscal years and bring forth pertinent issues for full committee consideration.