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Current Articles & Research Resources, July 22

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

  • Explore state and local laws related to eviction by state. (Legal Services Corporation, ©2021)
  • Read about Latino heritage sites prosed for protected area designations. (Hispanic Access Foundation, July 7, 2021)
  • Consider oversight and governance of childhood early care and education. (Education Commission of the States, June 3, 2021)
  • Review which states enacted COVID-19 liability protections for businesses. (Stateline, July 21, 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, July 20

87th Legislature, 1st Called Session Statistics

 

The following bill statistics were calculated on July 20 at 8:40 a.m. The numbers will continue to change as the special session progresses.

 

  House Bills (HBs) &
House Joint Resolutions (HJRs)
Senate Bills (SBs) &
Senate Joint Resolutions (SJRs)
Filed 305 77
Reported out of committee 5 14
Passed by chamber of origin 0 13
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 0 0
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 0 0
Passed opposite chamber 0 0
Signed by the Governor 0 0
Sent to governor (bills only) 0 0
Signed by the governor (bills only) 0 0

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, July 15

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

  • Consider the 2022 State Water Plan. (Texas Water Development Board, adopted July 7, 2021)
  • Explore Texas lakes and reservoirs. (Texas Water Development Board, accessed July 14, 2021)
  • Track which states have broadband strategies in place. (Pew Charitable Trusts, June 28, 2021)
  • See how fast your internet connection needs to be depending on what you do online. (Consumer Reports, July 13, 2021)
  • Review an updated number of deaths related to the February winter storms. (Texas Department of State Health Services, July 13, 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, July 13

87th Legislature, 1st Called Session Statistics

 

The following bill statistics were calculated on July 13 at 10:45 a.m. The numbers will continue to change as the special session progresses.

 

  House Bills (HBs) &
House Joint Resolutions (HJRs)
Senate Bills (SBs) &
Senate Joint Resolutions (SJRs)
Filed 270 73
Reported out of committee 5 9
Passed by chamber of origin 0 0
Referred to committee in opposite chamber 0 0
Reported out of committee in opposite chamber 0 0
Passed opposite chamber 0 0
Signed by the Governor 0 0
Sent to governor (bills only) 0 0
Signed by the governor (bills only) 0 0

 

Texas Recognition Months, Weeks, and Days – 87th Legislature, Regular Session

Recognition months, weeks, and days call attention to special events, health issues, industries, people, and more. Some are codified in Texas Government Code, Chapter 662, and highlighted on our website Texas Holidays and Recognition Days, with options to sort by holiday name, type, month, bill, and session.

 

 

Texas legislators also pass resolutions and bills in each session to commemorate certain dates. Below are the recognition months, weeks, and days observed with resolutions and bills by the 87th Legislature from September — December 2021. Click here to see a list of all the recognition dates from this past session. This list includes all enrolled bills and resolutions with Texas Legislature Online (TLO) subjects:

  • Holidays (I0395)
  • Resolutions--Official Designations--10-Year Significant Dates (I0016)
  • Resolutions--Official Designations--Special Dates (I0721)

 

2021:
September
Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month (HR 1499)
September 11: Patriot Day 2021 (HR 1674), Official State Bison Herd of Texas Day (SR 336)
September 16: Diez y Seis de Septiembre 2021 (HR 2094)
September 17: Constitution Day (HR 1501), National POW/MIA Recognition Day (HR 1503)
September 26: Gold Star Mother's Day (HR 1505)
September 30: Vanessa Guillén Day (HR 2090)

October
Mental Health Condition and Substance Use Disorder Parity Awareness Month (HB 2595)
Second Week in October: Indigenous Peoples' Week (HCR 62)

November
Ukrainian Genocide Remembrance Month (HR 253)
American Diabetes Month (HR 1603)
November 1-2: El Día de los Muertos (HR 2099)
November 5: Type 1.5 Diabetes Awareness Day (HCR 29)
November 7: Victims of Communism Day (HB 1057)
First Week of November: Festival of Diwali (HR 1012)
November 11: Veterans Day (HR 922)
November 18: National Rural Health Day (HR 1605)
November 23: Texas Association of Builders Day (HR 977)
November 25: Thanksgiving (HR 1766)

December
December 1: Rosa Parks Day (HB 3481)
December 25: Christmas (HR 1607)

Note: Buddy Check Day, 11th Day of Each Month:
"The 11th day of each month is Buddy Check Day to encourage veterans to contact other veterans, including those with whom they served, who may need assistance." (SB 460, effective September 1, 2021)

To see recognized months, weeks, and days from the 86th Legislature, please view our blog post from December 30, 2019.

Current Articles & Research Resources, July 8

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

  • Explore historical federal legislative information online. (Library of Congress, July 6, 2021)
  • Consider rent relief options for landlords and tenents. (Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, ©2021)
  • Review flood maps for your area. (Federal Emergency Management Agency, updated June 22, 2021)
  • Read about federal criminal law and constitutional issues related to domestic terrorism. (Congressional Research Service, July 2, 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.

Research Minute: Special Sessions

The 1st Called Session of the 87th Legislature begins tomorrow at 10 a.m.

For information about called sessions, commonly referred to as special sessions, check out the "Special Sessions of the Texas Legislature" page on the Legislative Reference Library (LRL) website. Here, you can find past special session dates with gubernatorial proclamations, statutory authority, frequently asked questions, Texas Attorney General Opinions, and other resources. If you are accessing this page from within the Capitol Complex, you can also view articles related to special sessions from our clips database.

 

Special Sessions and Years includes links to official proclamations and session topics assigned by the governor for the current special session and historical special sessions back to the 9th Legislature. We have added information about the 87th Legislature, 1st Called Session, including Governor Abbott's proclamation and topics.

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, July 1

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

  • Consider repayment challenges faced by student loan borrowers. (Pew Charitable Trusts, June 28, 2021)
  • See annual oil and gas production by county in Texas. (Railroad Commission of Texas, accessed June 30, 2021)
  • Track the prevalence of COVID-19 variants. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accessed June 30, 2021)
  • Read about new requirements designed to reduce the number of robocalls. (Federal Communication Commission, accessed June 30, 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.

Interim Hearings – Week of July 5

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.

July 6

House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence

Topic: Testimony on matters under its jurisdiction

 

House Committee on Redistricting
Topic: 2021 legislative redistricting process, focus on El Paso area

 

July 7
House Committee on Redistricting
Topic: 2021 legislative redistricting process, focus on San Antonio area