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Current Articles & Research Resources, May 13

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

  • Consider how cyberattacks can exploit the vulnerabilities of U.S. energy pipelines. (Congressional Research Service, May 11, 2021)
  • Read about prediabetes and ways to prevent type 2 diabetes. (American Heart Association, May 4, 2021)
  • Explore data and statistics from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. (Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, accessed May 12, 2021)
  • Find resources and information for counties related to the American Rescue Plan Act funds. (Texas Association of Counties, May 10, 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.

Bill Statistics & Upcoming Deadlines, May 10

As the 87th Legislature draws to a close, a series of end-of-session deadlines begin to take effect. Below is a list of deadlines that occur next week:

  • Wednesday, May 19: Deadline for the House to distribute its last House Local and Consent Calendar with local House bills (HBs).
  • Friday, May 21: Last day for the House to consider local House bills on second and third reading.
    First day the Senate can consider bills and resolutions the first day they are posted on the Senate Notice of Intent Calendar.
  • Saturday, May 22: Last day for House committees to report Senate bills (SBs) and Senate joint resolutions (SJRs).
  • Sunday, May 23: Deadline for the House to distribute its last House Daily Calendar with Senate bills and Senate joint resolutions.

House and Senate calendars are available on the Texas Legislature Online.

 

Bill statistics for the period of November 9, 2020 — May 7, 2021, are below.

  House Bills (HBs) &
House Joint Resolutions (HJRs)
Senate Bills (SBs) &
Senate Joint Resolutions (SJRs)
Filed 4,834 2,309
Reported out of committee

1,917

697
Passed by chamber of origin 776 618
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 364 599
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 89 321
Passed opposite chamber 45 45
Signed by the Governor 1 2

Current Articles & Research Resources, May 6

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

  • Review the updated Biennial Revenue Estimate. (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, May 2021)
  • Find out which cars are the most and least expensive to maintain and keep on the road. (Mechanicbase.com, May 2, 2021)
  • Consider how lack of sleep in middle age can affect brain health in the future. (Alzheimers.gov, April 27, 2021)
  • Read about oak trees still recovering from the severe winter storms in February. (Texas A&M Forest Service, May 4, 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: May 2021

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the titles from our May 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. Preventing the Next Pandemic: Vaccine Diplomacy in a Time of Anti-science
By Peter J. Hotez
Attributes the global rise of epidemic infectious disease to many factors, including war, climate change, shifting poverty, urbanization, and anti-vaccination views — culminating in the dramatic outbreak of COVID-19. Examines the culture of anti-science and anti-vaccination that is contributing to declines in previous global health gains and increases in vaccine-preventable and neglected diseases. Emphasizes that vaccine diplomacy and partnerships are critical for preventing more pandemics in a post-COVID world.
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021, 192 pages
362.19698 H832P 2021

 

 

2. The Sports Revolution: How Texas Changed the Culture of American Athletics
By Frank Andre Guridy
Describes how the Lone Star State was at the center of America's investment in sport from the 1960s through the 1980s, with the confluence of television, professional sports leagues and franchises, changing demographics, and the civil rights and feminist movements. Includes discussion of the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Senators (now Texas Rangers), Houston Astros, and San Antonio Spurs.
University of Texas Press, 2021, 418 pages
796.09764 G979S 2021

 

 

3. The People’s Revolt: Texas Populists and the Roots of American Liberalism
By Gregg Cantrell
Narrates a detailed history of the Texas Populist Party in the 1890s, which arose from farmer and worker cooperatives in the industrial, post-Civil War South. Profiles the careers of Populists and explores their views on financial policy, religion, and racial and gender equality. Argues that although the Texas Populists of the 1890s saw little political success in their time, they should be considered important influences on modern American liberalism.
Yale University Press, 2020, 555 pages
324.276402 C233P 2020

 

 

4. The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future
By Gretchen Bakke, Ph.D.
Presents a historical and social perspective of America's electrical grid technology, the laws that shaped the current system, and the economics that drive it. Examines the current challenges in modernizing the grid's deteriorating and failing infrastructure systems. Notes Americans endure more outages than people in other industrial countries and more minutes of outages each year. Considers factors necessary to transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
Bloomsbury, 2016, 352 pages
333.7932 B168G 2016

 

 

5. CSSB 1: The House Appropriations Committee’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal 2022-23
By House Research Organization
Provides an overview of the House Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1 (CSSB 1), the House Appropriations Committee's version of the state budget for the 2022-2023 biennium. Addresses significant budget issues along with House and Senate proposals for funding individual state agencies and programs. Includes supporters' and critics' opinions regarding CSSB 1.
House Research Organization, 2021, 42 pages
L1801.9 ST94 87F-2

 

 

6. Summary of House Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1: 2022-23 Biennium (House)
By Legislative Budget Board
Summarizes appropriations found within the House Committee Substitute for the General Appropriations Bill, SB 1, 87th Legislature. Highlights major funding items, trends in state government expenditures, and constitutional spending limits. Includes article-specific chapters, a guide on how to read General Appropriations Bills, and a chart comparing the committee substitute to the House version of the General Appropriations Bill, HB 1, 87th Legislature.
Legislative Budget Board, 2021, 132 pages
L1300.8 B859 2022_23SH

 

 

7. Summary of Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 1: 2022-23 Biennium (Senate)
By Legislative Budget Board
Summarizes appropriations found within the Senate Committee Substitute for the General Appropriations Bill, SB 1, 87th Legislature. Highlights major funding items, trends in state government expenditures, and constitutional spending limits. Includes article-specific chapters, a guide on how to read General Appropriations Bills, and a chart comparing the introduced version to the committee substitute.
Legislative Budget Board, 2021, 130 pages
L1300.8 B859 2022_23SS

 

Bill Statistics & Upcoming Deadlines, May 3

As the 87th Legislature draws to a close, a series of end-of-session deadlines begin to take effect. Below is a list of deadlines that occur next week:

  • Monday, May 10: Last day for House committees to report House bills (HBs) and House joint resolutions (HJRs).
  • Tuesday, May 11: Deadline for the House to distribute the last House Daily Calendar with House bills and House joint resolutions.
  • Wednesday, May 12: Deadline for the House to distribute the last House Local and Consent Calendar with consent House bills.
  • Thursday, May 13: Last day for the House to consider House bills and House joint resolutions on second reading on the House Daily or Supplemental Calendar.
  • Friday, May 14: Last day for the House to consider consent House bills on second and third reading and all third reading House bills or House joint resolutions on the House Supplemental Calendar.

House and Senate calendars are available on the Texas Legislature Online.

 

Bill statistics for the period of November 9, 2020 — April 30, 2021, are below.

  House Bills (HBs) &
House Joint Resolutions (HJRs)
Senate Bills (SBs) &
Senate Joint Resolutions (SJRs)
Filed 4,828 2,296
Reported out of committee

1,789

670
Passed by chamber of origin 617 549
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 178 432
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 44 150
Passed opposite chamber 36 19
Signed by the Governor 1 2