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Current Articles & Research Resources, July 28, 2022

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

  • Review the draft 2023 Unified Transportation Program and public involvement. (Texas Department of Transportation, July 8, 2022)
  • Find the highest performing hospitals in your area. (U.S. News & World Report, ©2022)
  • Explore cryptocurrency state legislation. (National Conference of State Legislatures, June 7, 2022)
  • Read about the forest carbon cycle in U.S. forests. (Congressional Research Service, updated July 26, 2022)
  • Track health information related to extreme heat. (National Integrated Heat Health Information System, accessed July 27, 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.

New & Noteworthy Books and Reports: July 2022

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the titles from our July 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 or contact the library at 512-463-1252.

 

1. House Investigative Committee on the Robb Elementary Shooting, Texas House of Representatives Interim Report, 2022: A Report to the House of Representatives, 88th Texas Legislature
By House Investigative Committee on the Robb Elementary Shooting
Reports on the inquiry conducted by the Investigative Committee, established by the Texas House of Representative's Speaker Dade Phelan, on the events relating to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Examines contributing factors to the shooting and details the responses of the various law enforcement agencies, individual officers, and the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. Outlines preliminary conclusions drawn by the committee. The following link is to the English version of the report.
House Investigative Committee on the Robb Elementary Shooting, 2022, 77 pages
L1836.87 R631

 

 

2. Comité de Investigación de la Cámara de Representantes de Texas sobre el Tiroteo en la Escuela Robb Elementary Informe Provisional 2022: Un Informe para la Cámara de Representantes, de Texas 88. ª Asamblea Legislativa de Texas
By Comité de Investigación sobre el Tiroteo en la escuela Robb Elementary
Reports on the inquiry conducted by the Investigative Committee, established by the Texas House of Representative's Speaker Dade Phelan, on the events relating to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Examines contributing factors to the shooting and details the responses of the various law enforcement agencies, individual officers, and the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. Outlines preliminary conclusions drawn by the committee. The following link is to the Spanish version of the report.
Comité de Investigación sobre el Tiroteo en la escuela Robb Elementary, 2022, 75 pages
L1836.87 R631 ES

 

 

3. Last Gangster in Austin: Frank Smith, Ronnie Earle, and the End of a Junkyard Mafia
By Jesse Sublett
Examines the true events surrounding one of the biggest criminal trials in Travis County history involving Frank Smith, a bail bondsman and auto salvage yard operator, who tried to put a competitor out of business through arson and an attempted robbery. Discusses the role of newly-elected District Attorney Ronnie Earle who had prior experience with Smith by proxy while working on bail bond reform in the Texas legislature. Highlights the 1970's Austin underworld as the background for the narrative.
University of Texas Press, 2022, 212 pages
976.431063 SU941L 2022

 

 

4. The One Ann Only: Wit and Wisdom from Texas Governor Ann Richards
By Ann Richards Legacy Project
Presents a collection of photographs and quotations showcasing the remarkable life and political career of Ann Richards, Texas' 45th governor. Includes an index of photo credits with brief descriptions of the images.
Ann Richards Legacy Project, 2022, 144 pages
923.2764 B618R 2022

 

 

5. Unsettled Land: From Revolution to Republic, the Struggle for Texas
By Sam W. Haynes
Explores the history of Texas, from the 1830s to the 1850s, through the personal stories and lives of ordinary people. Discusses how the region once had a diverse population, including people of African descent, white Americans, Mexicans, and Native Americans, that was transformed into one of mainly white settlers during that period.
Basic Books, 2022, 446 pages
976.4 H424UN 2022

 

 

6. The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic
By Jillian Peterson, PhD & James Densley, PhD
Discusses the authors' research on mass shootings, complied in a comprehensive database, which includes the life histories of perpetrators, details from interviews with incarcerated living mass shooters, and the people who knew them. Examines this data to understand the social and mental health factors affecting the perpetrators and communities where mass public shootings take place. Presents strategies to reduce mass gun violence.
Abrams Press, 2021, 240 pages
Online at: https://www.theviolenceproject.org/
364.152 P485V 2021

 

 

7. Owning My S.H.I.T!: Suffering Hardship Internalizing Trauma
By Jolanda "Jo" Jones
Recounts the challenging experiences of Representative Jolanda "Jo" Jones and how she was able to overcome what she details as Suffering of Hardships while Internalizing Trauma (S.H.I.T!). Describes her journey to become a successful attorney, politician, author, and activist. Shares her transformation so that others may have a roadmap to identify, accept, and work through adversities to achieve positive change in their own lives.
Shekinah Publishing Services, 2018, 191 pages
328.764 J76OW 2018

 

 

Interim Hearings – Week of August 1, 2022

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.

 

August 4, 2022
House Select Committee on Health Care Reform
Charge: Study the implications of excessive health care costs on the efficacy of Texas Medicaid and the private health insurance market and the resulting impact on individual Texans, businesses, and state government.

Charge: Monitor the implementation of, and compliance with, current price transparency requirements and study ways that the state can support patients and increase competition. Make legislative and administrative recommendations, as appropriate;

Charge: Evaluate innovative, fiscally positive options to ensure that Texans have access to affordable, quality and comprehensive health care, with an emphasis on reaching low-income and at-risk populations. The evaluation should include a study of strategies other states and organizations have implemented or proposed to address health care access and affordability. Make recommendations to increase primary health care access points in Texas.

 

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August 5, 2022
House Committee on Health Care Reform
If the committee does not complete its hearing of all invited testimony scheduled for its August 4th public hearing, it will reconvene after a recess to continue hearing invited testimony only on the posted interim charges.

 

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Current Articles & Research Resources, July 21, 2022

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

  • Track current wildfire activity in Texas. (Texas A&M Forest Service, accessed July 21, 2022)
  • Review federal legislation related to market-based greenhouse gas emission reduction. (Congressional Research Service, updated July 18, 2022)
  • Explore introduced and enacted state legislation related to cybersecurity. (National Conference of State Legislatures, July 5, 2022)
  • Consider how heat and humidity affect the ability of the human body to cool itself. (The Conversation, July 6, 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.

Interim Hearings – Week of July 25, 2022

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 25, 2022
House Committee on Public Education
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 1525 and HB 3 (86R), relating to public school finance and public education;
  • HB 4545, relating to assessment of public school students and providing accelerated instruction;
  • SB 1365, relating to public school organization, accountability, and fiscal management; and
  • SB 1716, relating to supplemental special education services and instructional materials for certain public school students.

Charge: Study the effects of COVID-19 on K-12 learning loss and best practices that exist to address learning loss. Monitor the implementation of state and local plans to address students' achievement gaps. Make recommendations for supporting the state and local efforts to increase academic development.

Charge: Examine the causes and contributors for chronic absenteeism in public schools and its impact on student outcomes. Consider techniques and approaches that have been utilized by public schools to identify students who are chronically absent and return these students to classrooms.

 

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July 26, 2022
House Committee on Public Education
Charge: Identify and examine efforts to ensure that parents have a meaningful role in their children’s education. Recommend necessary changes in both independent school district board and open enrollment charter governing board governance to protect the right of parents to participate in their child’s education.

Charge: Examine partnerships between K-12, higher education institutions, and employers that promote postsecondary and career readiness and identify current obstacles that public schools,higher education institutions, and employers face. Make recommendations to ensure career and technical education programs, internships, apprenticeships, and other opportunities are more accessible.

Charge: Monitor and analyze the state policy on curriculum and instructional materials used in public schools.

 

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Current Articles & Research Resources, July 14, 2022

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

  • Explore crime statistics and information by location or topic with the FBI's Crime Data Explorer. (Federal Bureau of Investigation, accessed July 13, 2022)
  • Review housing conditions across the U.S. (Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, 2022)
  • Read about how cities are planning for heat. (Environmental Research Letters, June 10, 2022)
  • Track grid and market conditions dashboards. (Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), accessed July 13, 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.

Interim Hearings – Week of July 18, 2022

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 19, 2022
House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism (Canyon) CANCELED
Charge #3: Review state efforts to preserve and develop Texas state parks and open spaces to ensure affordable public access to outdoor recreational and educational opportunities.

 

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July 20, 2022
House Committee on Defense & Veterans' Affairs
Charge: Examine programs and funding streams connected to services that improve mental health outcomes for servicemen and women suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Topic: Update on Military Equipment available to local governments through the Texas Law Enforcement Support Office.

 

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Interim Hearings – Week of July 11, 2022

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 11, 2022
House Investigative Committee on The Robb Elementary Shooting
The committee will meet to hear invited testimony from law enforcement authorities and other affected parties related to the facts and circumstances of the events relating to the violent acts, shootings, and murders at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Because of the quasi-judicial nature of the committee's investigation and pursuant to House Rule 4, Section 12, witnesses may be examined in executive session.

 

Senate Committee on Finance
Charge: Federal Funds: Report on the state use of federal COVID-19 relief funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, the American Rescue Plan Act, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Acts, and similar federal legislation. Examine local use of federal relief funding, including funding provided to school districts through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. Evaluate the overall fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on state agencies, including costs incurred due to federal mandates. Identify barriers to the effective utilization of funds and make recommendations on the expenditure of unappropriated funds. In addition, evaluate and report on the spending by state agencies that have been utilizing "one-time" federal funding (temporary enhancements, e.g. FMAP and ESSER) sources, where federal funding will likely be significantly reduced in future biennia.

 

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July 12, 2022
House Committee on Appropriations
Update on the Texas Economy

Uvalde Response: Mental Health and School Safety

Interim Charge #3: Evaluate the history of appropriations and revenues for GR-D Accounts 5010 (Sexual Assault Fund) and 0469 (Crime Victims Compensation Fund).

Interim Charge #5: Review the information technology supporting the Texas Medicaid Program.

Interim Charge #7: Make funding recommendations for the phased installation of climate control equipment in state correctional facilities.

Interim Charge #8: Examine the long-term capital needs of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, including deferred maintenance and planned land acquisitions for new state park land.

Interim Charge #9: Monitor the use of appropriated funds by the Texas Water Development Board from the Flood Infrastructure Fund.

Update on Operation Lone Star

 

Senate Committee on Finance
Charge: Operation Lone Star: Monitor appropriations and spending supporting Operation Lone Star. Evaluate and report on the effectiveness of spending to secure the southern border. Identify and report on resources needed to ensure support for the State National Guard, as well as overall resources necessary for border security for future legislative consideration.

Charge: Bail Bond Reform: Monitor the implementation of recent bail bond reform legislation along with its economic impact on the judicial and correctional system. Assess any barriers to implementation, the law’s effect on pretrial release and jail populations, and ways to further promote public safety and efficiency.

 

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July 14, 2022
House Committee on Urban Affairs (Houston)
Charge #2: Evaluate the availability of workforce housing to support the dynamic economic growth of the state. Study the use of public-private partnerships and other tools to incentivize the development of housing that meets Texas’ expanding workforce demands. Develop and include measures to ensure accountability and transparency associated with these tools.

Charge #3: Review the Municipal Management District Legislative Template with respect to representation and accountability. Make recommendations for improving the template.

 

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July 17, 2022
House Investigative Committee on The Robb Elementary Shooting (Uvalde)
The committee will meet to consider a preliminary report.

 

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