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New & Noteworthy Books and Reports: February 2022

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the titles from our February 2022 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.

Explore our New & Noteworthy lists from 2017, 2019, and 2020, highlighting books by or about African Americans from our collection in honor of Black History Month.

 

1. The Gospel According to Wild Indigo
By Cyrus Cassells
Cyrus Cassells, the 2021 Texas Poet Laureate, is a writer and professor of English at Texas State University. He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2019. The Gospel According to Wild Indigo explores the joys and sorrows of our world and the cruelty of history through poetry. It illustrates the dark experience of an enslaved people while celebrating their resilience. His poetry delves into themes of pilgrimage, love, loss, and family while providing a sense of peace with his simple elegant style. Cassells was honored by HR 1220 and SR 412, 87th Legislature, R.S.
Crab Orchard Review & Southern Illinois University Press, 2018, 103 pages
STATE POETS

 

 

2. Texas Almanac: 2022-2023
By TSHA Press
Provides current articles, data, maps, and photographs highlighting everything Texas. Features a variety of subjects, including the 87th Legislature, government, population, elections, education, business, transportation, and the environment. Includes new articles on African American Texans and the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas. Note: Some earlier editions of the Texas Almanac are available on the Portal to Texas History website.
TSHA Press, 2022, 705 pages
317.64 T31A 2022-23

 

 

3. Vetoes of Legislation: 87th Legislature
By House Research Organization, Texas House of Representatives
Addresses the 20 bills vetoed by Governor Greg Abbott and passed during the 87th Legislature, R.S. in 2021. Provides a digest of each vetoed measure, the governor's reason for the veto, and a response to the veto by the bill's author or the sponsor.
House Research Organization, Texas House of Representatives, 2022, 29 pages
L1801.9 ST94 87-5

 

 

4. Water for Texas: 2022 State Water Plan
By Texas Water Development Board
Compiles reports from the sixteen regional water planning groups into an in-depth profile covering the past and future water needs of Texas. Examines and makes policy recommendations on various topics including drought response, current water availability, future demand, financing needs, and water management projects. Reports on the implementation of the 2017 State Water Plan and legislative changes that came after that plan. Mentions SB 1511, HB 2215, 85th Legislature, R.S., HB 721, and HB 807, 86th Legislature, R.S.
Texas Water Development Board, 2022, 183 pages
W605.8 W291P 2022

 

 

5. Texas Employment Law Handbook: A Guide for Employers
By Scott McDonald, Editor
Summarizes the current laws and regulations affecting employment in Texas. Includes chapters by labor law specialists on employment at will, worker's compensation, unemployment compensation, employee benefit plans, and occupational safety. Provides citations for case law as well as Federal and State statutes and rules.
Texas Association of Business and Texas SHRM, 2021, 550 pages
331 T312 2019-2021

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, February 24

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

  • Explore the global threat of more frequent and more intense wildfires. (United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), February 23, 2022)
  • Read about newly-allowed adaptive driving beam headlights. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, February 15, 2022)
  • Review proposed hunting regulations for Texas. (Texas Park & Wildlife Department, February 23, 2022)
  • Consider whether the role of Congress in the electoral count is constitutional. (Cato Institute, February 22, 2022)

 

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, February 17

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

  • Track updates about filing taxes during tax season. (Internal Revenue Service, updated February 16, 2022)
  • Consider recent statistics related to poverty in the U.S. (Congressional Research Service, February 10, 2022)
  • Consider how wage growth in the public sector compares to wage growth in the private sector. (Stateline, February 7, 2022)
  • Review the Prevention and Early Intervention Provider Directory. (Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, fiscal year 2022)

 

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.

Severe Cold Weather Events & Critical Infrastructure in Texas

February 15, 2022, marks the one-year anniversary of the severe winter event that struck Texas. Our librarians have pulled together a collection of resources related to Winter Storm Uri and other severe cold weather events in Texas, including the storms' effect on the state's critical infrastructure, the impact on Texans, and the response of state agencies and the Texas Legislature.

 

Independent System Operator:
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

 

State Agencies:
Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC)

 

Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC)

 

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA)

 

Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)

 

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

 

 

Federal Agencies:
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) / North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)

 

Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, U.S. Department of Energy

 

Other Resources:

 

 

The tile image, "electricity pylon" by fsse8info, is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. / Resized from original.

Current Articles & Research Resources, February 10

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

  • Review traffic safety state legislation from 2007 to the present. (National Conference of State Legislatures, February 2, 2022)
  • Find a vehicle with the MSN Autos Marketplace. (Microsoft, accessed February 9, 2022)
  • Consider U.S. worker shortages in the current labor market. (The Heritage Foundation, February 8, 2022)
  • Track election-related state legislation by topic. (National Conference of State Legislatures, January 5, 2022)
  • Explore the American public's attitudes toward the COVID-19 vaccines. (Kaiser Family Foundation, accessed February 9, 2022)

 

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.