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.
May 3, 2022
House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety
Charge: Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 87th Legislature. Conduct active oversight of all associated rulemaking and other governmental actions taken to ensure the intended legislative outcome of all legislation, including the following:
- HB 3712, relating to the training of and policies for peace officers; and
- SB 24, relating to the procedures required before a law enforcement agency hires a peace officer.
Charge: Study incidents of law enforcement injuries and fatalities to determine those situations that pose the greatest risk to law enforcement. Make recommendations on best practices for increasing and preserving the safety and security of law enforcement officers, including those undercover.
- 2021 End-of-Year Preliminary Law Enforcement Officers Fatalities Report, National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum, 2021
- "FBI Releases 2020 Statistics on Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty" (Summary of statistics available in the Bureau's Crime Data Explorer), Federal Bureau of Investigation, May 3, 2021
- President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, Final Report (Chapter 14: Law Enforcement Health and Wellness), U.S. Department of Justice, December 2020
- National Survey on Officer Safety Training: Findings and Implications, National Police Foundation and Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, August 2020
- "Improving Officer Safety on the Roadways," National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, November 11, 2018
Charge: Compare Texas' incident crime reporting requirements with those of other states and determine whether a standardized reporting requirement should be implemented for Texas law enforcement. Study opportunities to modernize and improve local and statewide data collection and dissemination throughout the criminal justice system to promote transparency and ensure uniform data collection processes.
Topic: Invited testimony from the Texas Division of Emergency Management to gather information on severe weather response and recovery.
- Severe Cold Weather Events & Critical Infrastructure in Texas (Blog), Legislative Reference Library, February 17, 2022
- Disasters Portal (Declared Disasters, 2017-present), State Operations Center (Disaster Summary Outline, Situation Reports, Emergency Services District Reports), Texas Division of Emergency Management
- Disaster Declarations and Related Materials (2001-present), Texas Governors database, Legislative Reference Library
Charge: Monitor the emergency operations at the Texas-Mexico border, including whether existing emergency management resources are sufficient to address a non-natural emergency, including and especially one involving a large geographic area and multiple thousands of people.
- "How the U.S. Patrols Its Borders," Council on Foreign Relations, last updated April 5, 2022
- Texas Department of Public Safety Records of 2021 Border Deployment Costs (Public Information Request Response), American Oversight, September 17, 2021
- "Texas Once Again Tests the Boundaries of State Authority in Immigration Enforcement," Migration Policy Institute, June 29, 2021
- Texas Border Crime and Other Criminal Activity Report, Texas Department of Public Safety, May 30, 2021
- Texas Homeland Security Strategic Plan 2021-2025, Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Department of Public Safety, January 22, 2021
- Texas Border Security Statistics, Texas Department of Public Safety
Charge: Review the increase in law enforcement personnel along the Texas-Mexico border. Determine whether law enforcement has sufficient resources to address the current or any anticipated circumstances. Determine whether law enforcement needs specific or individualized training or education on matters involving border security, human trafficking or other scenarios where unaccompanied minors are involved.
- ORR Guide: Children Entering the United States Unaccompanied, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement, April 13, 2022
- Summary of Resources for State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, and Campus Law Enforcement Partners (Human Trafficking, Forced Labor, and Sex Trafficking, Training and Funding Opportunities), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, April 2022
- Texas Border Security Reporting (Appropriations Compared to Agency-reported Expenditures), Legislative Budget Board, March 31, 2022
- Border Security Appropriations (Presented to Senate Committee on Border Security), Legislative Budget Board, March 8, 2022
- Strengthening Services for Unaccompanied Children in U.S. Communities, Migration Policy Institute, June 2021
- Interim Report to the 87th Legislature (Charge 1 – Human Trafficking), Senate Committee on State Affairs, December 2020
Charge: Monitor the recent surge in border crossings and make recommendations for enhancing the safety and security of law enforcement, civilian populations on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border, and those entering the United States.
Senate Special Committee on Child Protective Services
Invited testimony only.
Senate Committee on Transportation
Charge: Safety: Study the contributing factors leading to fatal crashes and make recommendations to prevent and reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
- "2021 Marks Second Deadliest Year on Texas Roads" (Press Release), Texas Department of Transportation, March 14, 2022
- Texas Transportation Plan (TTP): 2050 Statewide Transportation Report, Texas Department of Transportation, January 2022
- Unified Transportation Program, Texas Department of Transportation, August 31, 2021
- Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics - 2020, Texas Department of Transportation
- "Lone Star State Leads Country in 'Wrong-Way' Crash Fatalities; New Analysis Finds Fatality Rate Rising" (Press Release), AAA Texas, March 23, 2021
Charge: Driver's License Efficiency: Study the Department of Public Safety's driver's license program operations and make recommendations to improve the efficiency of services while maintaining individual privacy and security for Texans.
- Management, Operating Structure, Efficiencies, and Opportunities and Challenges of Transferring the Driver License Program, Executive Summary, DPS IAC 2020: Final Report and Technical Memorandums (SB 616, 86th Legislature, R.S.), The University of Texas at Austin, Center for Transportation Research, August 27, 2020
- "Texas Increases Security Features, Unveils New Design for Driver License/ID and License to Carry Cards" (Press Release, Compliance with the Federal Real ID Act), Texas Department of Public Safety, February 26, 2020
- "Texas Driver's Licenses: A Customer Service Challenge," Fiscal Notes, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, October 2019
- Vertafore (FAQ on security breach involving Texas driver license information), Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Charge: Alternatively Fueled Vehicles: Review the Texas Department of Transportation's plan for federal funding related to alternatively fueled vehicle infrastructure development. Examine the increase of private and public owned alternatively fueled vehicles registered in the state and make recommendations for road user fee fairness between alternatively fueled vehicles and gasoline and diesel vehicles.
- Memorandum Regarding the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program Guidance,Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, February 10, 2022
- Study on Imposing Fees on Alternatively Fueled Vehicles (Section 1: Impact of Alternatively Fueled Vehicles on the State Highway System), Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, December 1, 2020
- Texas Electric Vehicle Planning, Texas Department of Transportation
- Texas Transportation Data for Alternative Fuels and Vehicles, Alternative Fuels Data Center, U.S. Department of Energy
Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs
Charge: State Veteran Cemeteries: Evaluate the current oversight of the Texas State Veteran Cemeteries to ensure that these sacred and essential grounds are being maintained, repaired, and treated with respect. Ensure that the needs of our veterans are being met by reviewing the number, location, and funding of the cemeteries. Examine and make recommendations for the financing mechanism for the Texas State Veterans Cemeteries to ensure sustainability.
Charge: Veteran Benefits: Explore and report on options to remove barriers for companies offering veteran benefits and consider policies that could leverage additional public-private-partnerships. Identify opportunities to connect veterans to existing business resources and available state services. Recommend ways to increase matching federal funding for veteran benefits. Review current law for consistency in eligibility for state veteran benefits and recommend any necessary changes.
- Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2021
- Interim Report to the 87th Texas Legislature (Charge 2 – Mental health treatment options, Charge 5 – Economic vitality of military veterans transitioning into the workforce), House Committee on Defense & Veterans' Affairs, December 2020
- "Reducing Barriers to Post-9/11 Veterans' Use of Programs and Services as they Transition to Civilian Life," BMC Health Services Research, June 10, 2020
- Texas Veterans Portal, Texas.gov
Charge: Veteran Mental Health: Review the currently accepted forms of treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and consider the creation of a program which would require completion of a multi-modality treatment plan including traditional talk therapy, limbic system therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and emotionally focused individual therapy (EFIT).
- "The National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study: A Narrative Review and Future Directions" (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), Frontiers in Psychiatry, December 9, 2020
- "Treating PTSD: A Review of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Interventions," Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, November 2, 2018
- Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Adults, American Psychological Association, 2017
- PTSD Treatment Basics, National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Charge: Veteran Mental Health: Identify the training and resources available to urban and rural first responders when assisting veterans experiencing a mental health crisis. Make recommendations for how to best support first responders in these crisis situations.
- "Mental Health Emergencies, Law Enforcement and Deflection Pathways," State Legislatures News, National Conference of State Legislatures, February 9, 2022
- Report on the Mental Health Program for Veterans for Fiscal Year 2021 As Required By Chapter 1001, Health and Safety Code, Section 1001.224, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, December 2021
- Preventing Military Veteran Suicides: State Policy Options, LegisBrief, National Conference of State Legislatures, April 22, 2021
- Staff Report with Final Results: Texas Veterans Commission, Sunset Advisory Commission, June 2019
- About Us, Mental Health Providers, Military Veteran Peer Network
- Mental Health First Aid, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
- Serving Those Who Serve Veterans Mental Well Being, Texas Veterans Commission
- TVC Veterans Mental Health Department (Brochure), Veterans Mental Health Department, Texas Veterans Commission
May 4, 2022
House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 87th Legislature. Conduct active oversight of all associated rulemaking and other governmental actions taken to ensure the intended legislative outcome of all legislation.
Senate Committee on Finance
Charge: Inflation: Review and report on the effect inflation is having on the business community and state government, including state salaries, retiree benefits, the state economy, and cost of state services.
- Consumer Price Index, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Area – March 2022, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, last modified April 12, 2022
- Consumer Price Index, South Region – March 2022, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, last modified April 12, 2022
- "Prices are Rising at Historic Rates, and Rising Much Faster than Wages," PERC Blog, Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University, April 12, 2022
- "The Fed's Slow Realization of the Inflation Problem," PERCspectives on Policy, Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University, Spring 2022
- Consumer Price Index, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land – February 2022, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, last modified March 10, 2022
Charge: Inflation: Review and report on the impact of inflation on units of local governments' revenue collections and property taxpayers' tax bills, including the homestead exemption.
- Proposed Constitutional Amendments for the May 2022 Ballot, House Research Organization, April 6, 2022
- Analyses of Proposed Constitutional Amendments, 87th Legislature, 2nd and 3rd Called Sessions, May 7, 2022 Election, Texas Legislative Council, April 2022
- Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis (Tax Revenue Volatility), Pew Research Center, updated April 25, 2022
- Certification Revenue Estimate, 2022-2023 Biennium, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, November 4, 2021
- Key Economic Indicators, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Charge: Russia Divestiture: Examine and report on options for state asset owners to divest their positions in companies that invest in the Russian Federation.
- "States Not Immune to Effects of War in Ukraine," State Legislatures News, National Conference of State Legislatures, March 22, 2022
- "Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar's Statement on Potential Russia Divestments" (Press Release), Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, March 2, 2022
- "The Impact of Russia Sanctions on US States," State Legislatures News, National Conference of State Legislatures, February 28, 2022
- "US States Adding to Financial Pressure on Russia Over War," AP News, Associated Press, February 28, 2022
Charge: State Pension Reforms: Monitor the implementation of recent statewide pension reforms to the Employees Retirement System of Texas and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
- NASRA Issue Brief: State and Local Government Spending on Public Employee Retirement Systems, National Association of State Retirement Administrators, updated February 2022
- Funding Soundness Restoration Plans: Staff Recommendations for Rulemaking, Texas Pension Review Board, February 24, 2022
- "Lawmakers Tackle Long-Term Obligations," Fiscal Notes, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, September 2021
- Interim Report to the 87th Legislature (Charge 4 – ERS and TRS pension funds), House Committee on Pensions, Investments and Financial Services, January 2021
May 5, 2022
House Committee on Higher Education
Charge: Review progress toward the goals of the 60x30TX plan, including institutional strategies for responding to changing workforce needs and demands, including workforce education, industry certification, and degree programs to address health care shortages.
- "The Texas 60x30 Higher Education Plan: A Midpoint Review" (Blog), Every Texan, April 12, 2022
- Workforce Participation Shortages, National Conference of State Legislatures, March 23, 2022
- 60x30TX Progress Report, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, July 2021
- Interim Report to the 87th Texas Legislature (Charge 3 – 60x30TX plan), House Committee on Higher Education, January 2021
- Mismatch? Aligning Secondary Career and Technical Education with Regional Workforce Demand, Texas Public Policy Foundation, May 2020
- 60x30TX: Texas Higher Education Strategic Plan: 2015-2030, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, 2015
House Committee on Human Services
Charge: Monitor federal decisions that may impact the delivery and financial stability of the state's health programs, including: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' rescission of its prior approval of the State's 1115 Waiver, the state and federal negotiations of the Medicaid directed payment programs (including hospital finance methods), federal changes to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Program and the exclusion of certain costs from the uncompensated care program authorized through the 1115 Waiver.
- Letter to Stephanie Stephens, State Medicaid/CHIP Director, Texas Health and Human Services Commission (1115 waiver, withdrawing the letter of April 16, 2021), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, April 22, 2022
- "Governor Abbott Statement on CMS Decision to Withdraw 1115 Waiver Rescission" (Press Release), Office of the Texas Governor, April 22, 2022
- "Biden Administration Drops Fight Over Texas' Medicaid Waiver, Now in Place until 2030," Texas Tribune, April 22, 2022
- Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Payments, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Waiver Renewal, Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver, Directed Payment Programs, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Charge: Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 87th Legislature. Conduct active oversight of all associated rulemaking and other governmental actions taken to ensure the intended legislative outcome of the Healthy Families, Healthy Texas initiative, including:
- HB 133, relating to the provision of benefits under Medicaid and the Healthy Texas Women program; and·
- Relevant provisions of HB 2658, relating to the administration and operation of the Medicaid managed care program, especially those provisions that relate to continuous eligibility for a child for Medicaid.
Charge: Monitor implementation of SB 1, Rider 30 (Health and Human Services Commission) and make recommendations for reducing the interest list for waiver services for individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and reducing associated staffing shortages.
- Texas Health and Human Services Commission Annual Report Regarding Long-Term Care Regulation, As Required by Texas Health and Safety Code § 242.005 (Appendix F. Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions), Texas Health and Human Services Commission, March 2022
- Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services Fiscal Year 2021 in Review, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, revised February 28, 2022
- Texas Statewide Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Strategic Plan, IDD Strategic Planning Group, January 2022
- Texas Statewide Behavioral Health Strategic Plan: Progress Report, Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council, December 2021
- Disability Services Action Plan, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, August 31, 2020
- Reimagining the Future: A Report on Maximizing Resources and Long-Range Planning for State Supported Living Centers, As Required by 2020-21 General Appropriations Act, House Bill 1, 86th Legislature, Regular Session, 2019 (Article II, Health and Human Services Commission, Rider 110) and Texas Health and Safety Code § 533A.032, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, July 2020
- Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD) - Long-term Care, Texas Health and Human Services Commission