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Current Articles & Research Resources, January 28

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

  • See which states' populations grew or declined based on new census estimates. (Stateline, January 21, 2021)
  • Review issues Congress may be considering related to content and misinformation on social media platforms. (Congressional Research Service, January 27, 2021)
  • Consider state approaches related to telework for people with disabilities. (Council of State Governments, 2020)
  • Explore the newly updated drought.gov. (National Integrated Drought Information System, January 12, 2021)

 

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.

 

New & Noteworthy Books and Reports: January 2021

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the titles from our January 2021 New & Noteworthy list.

Check out and delivery of New & Noteworthy titles is available to legislative staff in Capitol and District offices. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, you can submit an online request through the New & Noteworthy page on our website, contact the library at 512-463-1252, or use our PDF request form.

 

1. Essentials of Texas Firearms Law
By Massad F. Ayoob
Reviews the use of firearms and the constitutionally protected rights of gun owners in Texas. Details both federal and Texas firearms laws, licensing practices, federal court cases revolving around the Second Amendment, civil liability, and places where firearms are prohibited.
State Bar of Texas, 2020, 333 pages
363.33 ES74F 2020

 

 

 

2. Gerrymandering Texas
By Steve Bickerstaff
Recounts the history of redistricting and gerrymandering in the state of Texas, with emphasis on the role legislative apportionment played in political and demographic power shifts across the state. Comments on key redistricting cases at the state and federal level, with some personal notes on cases worked by Steve Bickerstaff during his long career in Texas politics. Makes recommendations for redistricting Texas in 2021 and for the reduction of gerrymandering practices. Includes an extensive bibliography of Texas redistricting cases broken down by decade.
Texas Tech University Press, 2020, 247 pages
328.73073 B472G 2020

 

 

 

3. The Merit Myth: How Our Colleges Favor the Rich and Divide America
By Anthony P. Carnevale
Argues there are extreme inequities in American higher education and that the policies of elite colleges are contributing to the educational divide among students. Addresses bias in testing and admissions, merit-based aid, affirmative action, and how colleges are evaluated. Proposes an assortment of measures to make higher education more fair and provide academic opportunity for all students, including guaranteeing a public K-14 education.
The New Press, 2020, 302 pages
378.1 C217M 2020

 

 

4. The Starting Line: Latina/o Children, Texas schools, and National Debates on Early Education
By Robert Crosnoe
Studies a large urban school district in Texas to determine how early education programs result in varying degrees of success and failure for children from socially and economically disadvantaged environments. Focuses on the complex connections between classrooms, schools, families, and communities. Examines programs specifically serving Latinas and Latinos to discuss the broader topics of income inequality, academic opportunity, and the changing demographics of the United States.
University of Texas Press, 2020, 167 pages
371.829 C884S 2020

 

 

5. The Sum of the People: How the Census Has Shaped Nations, from the Ancient World to the Modern Age
By Andrew Whitby
Recounts the history of census taking, with an emphasis on how the collection of quantitative population data has changed the relationship between individuals and the state. Includes chapters on the misuse of population records by the Nazi regime, the connection of censuses to population control strategies, and problems caused by undercounting. Concludes with a discussion of the controversy surrounding the "citizenship question" on the 2020 U.S. census.
Basic Books, 2020, 356 pages
310.9 W581S 2020

 

 

 

6. Texas vs. California: A History of Their Struggle for the Future of America
By Kenneth P. Miller
Examines the rivalry between Texas and California as "the leaders of Red and Blue America," both populous and economically powerful states with oil wealth and large Latino populations. Describes how each state constructed opposing, comprehensive policy models, one progressive and the other conservative, through a focus on five areas – tax, labor, energy and environment, poverty, and social issues. Includes a brief preface on the effect of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the two states.
Oxford University Press, 2020, 372 pages
306.20973 M615T 2020

 

 

7. The Trillion Dollar Revolution: How the Affordable Care Act Transformed Politics, Law, and Health Care in America
By Ezekiel J. Emanuel
Compiles the opinions of academics, policy-makers, and doctors on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ten years after its passage. Includes essays by Democrats and Republicans, as well as legal, financial, and health policy experts. Examines how the ACA has affected the three-trillion-dollar health care sector and the economy, its interaction with the courts, and its influence on American politics. Looks ahead to how the ACA may continue to impact health care reform, including the right to care and drug pricing regulation.
Public Affairs, 2020, 449 pages
368.382 EM11T 2020

 

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, January 21

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

  • Consider whether Americans think another round of economic stimulus will be necessary in the coming months. (Pew Research Center, January 19, 2021)
  • Explore the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's 2021 calendar of events. (Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, accessed January 20, 2021)
  • Review advisory bulletins related to COVID-19 from the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner. (Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner, updated January 15, 2021)
  • Find locations of vaccine hubs in Texas by county. (Texas Department of State Health Services, updated January 20, 2021)

 

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.

Current Articles & Research Resources, January 14

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

  • Consider apprenticeships as a pathway to working in a licensed occupation. (National Conference of State Legislature, January 2021)
  • Review recent crash statistics related to highway traffic. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, accessed January 14, 2021)
  • Read about approaching environmental issues from a foreign policy perspective. (The Heritage Foundation, January 11, 2021)
  • See which counties in Texas are under burn bans. (Texas A&M Forest Service, updated daily)

 

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.

Preview of the 87th Legislature

Below you'll find a preview of the 87th Texas Legislature. New and returning members will be sworn in on January 12, 2021, the opening day of the regular session.

Membership statistics for previous sessions are available on the library's Member statistics page.

 

Summary of the 87th Legislature

 

PARTY HOUSE SENATE OVERALL
Total 149* 31 180
Democrat 67 13 80
Republican 82 18 100

 

GENDER HOUSE SENATE OVERALL
Total 149* 31 180
Male 111 21 132
Female 38 10 48

 

INCUMBENCY** HOUSE SENATE OVERALL
Total 148** 31 179
Incumbents 132** 27 159
Freshmen 16 4 20

 

AGE*** HOUSE SENATE OVERALL
Under 30 0 0 0
30-39 16 0 16
40-49 43 1 44
50-59 44 15 59
60-69 29 7 36
70 and over 17 8 25
No response 1 0 1
Total 149 31 180
Average 53.8 61.5 55.4

*House District 68 is TBD in a special runoff election on January 23, 2021. Governor's Proclamation, December 28, 2021.
**Incumbent totals include members who served the previous session. Freshman totals include members whose first terms begin the first day of session: January 12, 2021. Not included as incumbent or freshman: Mike Schofield (first served in 84th-85th sessions).
***Age calculations are based on the membership as of the first day of session: January 12, 2021.

 

 

Members not returning to the 87th Texas Legislature

 

Texas House of Representatives

HOUSE DISTRICT NOT RETURNING REPLACEMENT
100 Lorraine Birabil (D)



Eric Johnson (D) in 86th R.S.
Jasmine Crockett (D)
76 César Blanco (D)
Elected to Senate District 29
Claudia Ordaz Perez (D)
138 Dwayne Bohac (R) Lacey Hull (R)
25 Dennis Bonnen (R) Cody Vasut (R)
132 Gina Calanni (D) Mike Schofield (R)
134 Sarah Davis (R) Ann Johnson (D)
148 Anna Eastman (D)



Jessica Farrar (D)
in the 86th R.S.
Penny Morales Shaw (D)
2 Dan Flynn (R) Bryan Slaton (R)
119 Roland Gutierrez (D)
Elected to Senate District 19
Liz Campos (D)
60 Mike Lang (R) Glenn Rogers (R)
26 Rick Miller (R) Jacey Jetton (R)
74 Poncho Nevárez (D) Eddie Morales (D)
59 J.D. Sheffield (R) Shelby Slawson (R)
68 Drew Springer (R)
Elected to Senate District 30
  Special election to be held January
23, 2021 (Governor's Proclamation)
92 Jonathan Stickland (R) Jeff Cason (R)
10 John Wray (R) Jake Ellzey (R)
96 Bill Zedler (R) David Cook (R)
28 John Zerwas (R) Gary Gates (R)

 

Texas Senate

SENATE DISTRICT NOT RETURNING REPLACEMENT
30 Pat Fallon (R) Drew Springer (R)
19 Pete Flores (R) Roland Gutierrez (D)
29 José Rodriguez (R) César Blanco (D)
14 Kirk Watson (D) Sarah Eckhardt (D)

Photos of new members will be added once they're available.

Sunset Commission Meeting, January 13

Current Articles & Research Resources, January 7

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

  • Track COVID-19 vaccinations in Texas. (Texas Department of State Health Services, accessed January 6, 2021)
  • Expect the release of the Biennial Revenue Estimate on Monday, January 11. (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Accessed January 5, 2020)
  • See where the United States ranks in the most recent Human Freedom Index. (Cato Institute / Fraser Institute, ©2020)
  • Explore state-by-state data about sales tax collections. (U.S. Census Bureau, January 5, 2021)

 

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.