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Current Articles & Research Resources, September 29, 2022

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

  • Explore the domestic migration of older Americans in recent years. (U.S. Census Bureau, September 22, 2022)
  • Consider how lower tax burdens are drawing entrepreneurs to Texas and Florida. (Cato Institute, September 25, 2022)
  • Review a proposed rule that strengthens protections for consumers by requiring airlines to disclose certain fees. (U.S. Department of Transportation, September 26, 2022)
  • Find a list of alternative fuel corridors on interstates, U.S. routes, and state highways by state. (Federal Highway Administration, updated July 5, 2022)
  • Read about flood priority research projects. (Texas Water Development Board, accessed September 28, 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 October 3, 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.

 

October 3, 2022
House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence and House Committee on Juvenile Justice & Family Issues (Joint)
Charge: Examine current caseloads and capacity issues for courts handling matters related to the Texas-Mexico border. Evaluate the preparedness of the court system to handle increases in caseloads that may result from the border crisis response and make recommendations to ensure the continued fair and efficient administration of justice in the state in addressing any increased caseloads.

 

House Select Committee on Health Care Reform
Charge: Study ways to improve outreach to families with children who are eligible for, but not enrolled in, Medicaid or CHIP, including children in rural areas.

Charge: Examine the potential impact of delayed care on the state's health care delivery system, health care costs, and patient health outcomes, as well as best practices for getting patients with foregone or delayed interventions back into the health care system. The study should consider patient delays in obtaining preventive and primary health services, such as well-child care, prenatal care, screenings for cancer and chronic disease, behavioral health, and immunizations, in addition to delays in seeking urgent care or care for chronic illness.

 

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October 4, 2022
House Committee on Energy Resources (Midland)
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 1520, relating to extraordinary costs incurred by gas utilities relating to Winter Storm Uri and the authority to issue bonds and impose fees and assessments; and
  • HB 3648, which requires the designation of certain natural gas facilities as critical customers or critical gas suppliers during energy emergencies.

Charge: Examine ways to increase the production of oil and gas within the state. Review state and local regulations that could directly impact the exploration or production of oil and gas and make recommendations for increasing Texas' energy independence.

Charge: Explore options for expanding the state's underground natural gas storage capacity, including using excess storage capacity for carbon capture opportunities and the creation of a strategic natural gas reserve for the state.

Charge: Evaluate innovative and emerging energy sources. Identify and make recommendations to address legislative or regulatory obstacles to the use, development, and deployment of viable innovative and emerging energy sources.

 

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October 6, 2022
House Committee on Transportation (Corpus Christi)
Topic: Discuss transportation safety efforts in Texas.

Charge: Study the impacts that increased federal funding, formula changes, and new programs authorized in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will have on state transportation projects. Evaluate strategies to ensure Texas communities can maximize receipt of federal grant funds.

Charge: Examine the ability of the state’s seaports to promote the public purposes of state economic growth, diversification, and commerce through development of port-owned properties within their boundaries. Review the investments needed for Texas ports to remain competitive in handling increased cargo volumes and ensuring a resilient supply chain.

 

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Current Articles & Research Resources, September 22, 2022

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

  • Consider how Americans consume news media across various platforms. (Pew Research Center, September 20, 2022)
  • Explore environmental and health hazards by census tract. (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, page last reviewed: August 10, 2022)
  • Read about recent developments in voter registration policies. (Congressional Research Service, updated September 19, 2022)
  • Review information about social media challenges involving over-the-counter and prescription medications. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration, September 15, 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: September 2022

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the titles from our September 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. Formidable: American Women and the Fight for Equality, 1920-2020
By Elisabeth Griffith
Chronicles the efforts of Black and white women for voting rights and equality after the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. Contrasts the sometimes competing goals of each group, in which the Black women's movement focused on protecting their communities from racial violence and discrimination while white women sought equal legal rights with white men. Describes the seemingly parallel struggles for political power as interwoven and complex, acknowledging the diversity of the fight for "liberty and justice for all."
Pegasus Books, 2022, 507 pages
305.420973 G853F 2022

 

 

2. Foster Care in America: A Reference Handbook
By Christina G. Villegas
Explores the American foster care system, including the history of state and federal approaches to child welfare. Presents recurring problems and controversies that affect U.S. foster care systems, and highlights proposals aimed at improving outcomes for children and families. Includes a glossary of terms used in discussions of foster care, key national and local child welfare organizations' profiles, and an annotated reference guide.
ABC-CLIO, 2022, 292 pages
362.73 V732F 2022

 

 

3. More City Than Water: A Houston Flood Atlas
By Lacy M. Johnson and Cheryl Beckett, editors
Examines the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the people and communities of Houston, Texas, through the use of maps, personal essays, interviews, and photographs collected for the Houston Flood Museum project. Urges reflection on the "link between human activities and catastrophic flooding" and presents possible outcomes for Houston and the Gulf Coast in the face of expected future natural disasters.
University of Texas Press, 2022, 292 pages
303.485 J68M 2022

 

 

4. Texas Legislative Council Drafting Manual (88th Legislature)
By Texas Legislative Council
Explains the legislative drafting process with updated examples for the upcoming 88th Legislature. Notes the manual is intended to be used primarily by the drafting staff but suggests legislators and legislative staff may find it a useful resource for understanding how legislation is drafted and analyzing legislative documents. Includes city and county population summaries from the 2020 census, text of the Code Construction Act, and a memorandum on local and bracket bills.
Texas Legislative Council, 2022, 318 pages
L1400.5 D783 2022

 

 

5. We've Got to Try: How the Fight for Voting Rights Makes Everything Else Possible
By Beto O'Rourke
Presents Beto O'Rourke's interactions with individuals across Texas, discussing what he learned while campaigning for office and while registering voters. Explains how voting rights are essential for democracy while weaving the stories of Texans who affected election administration in Texas. Highlights Dr. Lawrence Aaron Nixon's 20-year effort to overturn SB 44, 38th Legislature, 2nd C.S. from 1923, which prohibited African-Americans from voting in Democratic primaries.
Flatiron Books, 2022, 211 pages
324.6 OR74W 2022

 

 

6. ScholAthlete's Survival Guide: Essential Study Skills for the Scholar Athlete
By Tamsen Valoir and Jolanda Jones
Provides guidance to student athletes on how to balance athletics and academics at the college level. Shares study skill techniques and tips, interspersed with co-author Representative Jolanda "Jo" Jones' own academic experiences as a ScholAthlete.
Booklocker.com, 2008, 126 pages
378.17 V198S 2008

 

 

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, September 15, 2022

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

  • Explore the relaunch of the Civil Rights Digital Library. (Digital Library of Georgia, September 9, 2022)
  • Search a free case law database for decisions from federal courts and state appellate courts. (Free Law Project, September 12, 2022)
  • Find safety rest areas along Texas highways. (Texas Department of Transportation, © 2022)
  • Review storm resources, including an electric outages map. (Public Utility Commission of Texas, © 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 September 19, 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.

 

September 20, 2022
House Committee on Higher Education and House Committee on Public Education (Joint)
Charge 1: Evaluate the impact of the pandemic on the state’s teacher workforce, and current practices to improve the recruitment, preparation, and retention of high-quality educators. Explore the impact of the educator preparation program regulatory environment. Make recommendations to improve educator recruitment, retention, and preparation throughout the state.

 

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September 21, 2022
House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism
Charge 1: 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 1728, relating to partnerships between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and nonprofit entities to promote hunting and fishing by certain veterans; and
  • HB 3081, which relates to the issuance of digital tags for the taking of certain animals.

Charge 2: Review the overall state of Texas' travel, tourism and hospitality industry. Make recommendations for statutory and regulatory changes to ensure industry resiliency and vitality. Consider the following:

  • Access to federal recovery programs and efforts that enable the draw-down of federal funding;
  • Improvement of workforce reliability; and
  • Use of the supplemental money appropriated to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism through SB 8 (87S3).

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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September 23, 2022
House Committee on Juvenile Justice & Family Issues
Charge 3: Examine obstacles to the reporting of domestic violence and how these obstacles contribute to the difficulty in obtaining and enforcing a protective order. Examine new technologies that could facilitate domestic violence reporting without putting victims at risk of further violence and harm.

 

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Current Articles & Research Resources, September 8, 2022

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

  • Consider how much income seniors need to live independently. (University of Massachusetts Boston, ©2021)
  • Find resources on how to report and prevent illegal dumping. (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, July 13, 2022)
  • Read about occupational licensing for immigrants. (Council of State Governments, September 7, 2022)
  • Explore campaign finance disclosure requirements by state. (National Conference of State Legislatures, July 5, 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 September 12, 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.

 

September 13, 2022
House Committee on Energy Resources and House Committee on State Affairs (Joint)
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:

  • SB 3, relating to preparing for, preventing, and responding to weather emergencies and power outages. (Joint charge with Committee on State Affairs)

 

House Committee on Public Health
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 4 relating to the provision and delivery of telemedicine and telehealth services; and
  • HB 1616 relating to the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

Charge: Study the impact of fentanyl-related overdoses and deaths in Texas. Evaluate existing data collection, dissemination, and mitigation strategies regarding opioid abuse in Texas. Make recommendations to improve coordinated prevention, education, treatment, and data-sharing.

Charge: Study current telemedicine trends by assessing and making recommendations related to standardizing required documentation healthcare providers must obtain for consent for treatment, data collection, sharing and retention schedules, and providing telemedicine medical services to certain cancer patients receiving pain management services and supportive palliative care.

 

Senate Committee on Local Government
Charge: Affordable Housing: Study issues related to affordable housing, homelessness, and methods of providing and financing affordable housing. Make recommendations to improve transparency and accountability, as well as to better utilize existing federal, state, and local programs.

Charge: Taxpayer Funded Lobbying: Study how governmental entities use public funds for political lobbying purposes. Examine what types of governmental entities use public funds for lobbying purposes and what level of transparency is available to the public. Make recommendations to protect taxpayers from paying for lobbyists who may not represent the taxpayers' interests.

Charge: Extraterritorial Jurisdictions: Study issues related to municipal extraterritorial jurisdictions and annexation powers, including examining possible disannexation authority. Determine whether extraterritorial jurisdictions continue to provide value to their residents and make recommendations on equitable methods for disannexation.

Charge: Special Purpose Districts: Perform a comprehensive study on the powers and purposes of various special purpose districts and their associated legislative templates. Make recommendations to improve public transparency in operations of special purpose districts and associated legislative templates.

 

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September 14, 2022
House Committee on Licensing & Administrative Procedures
Charge: Monitor 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:

  • Oversight: Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC)
  • Examine the impact of the dicamba herbicide on the implementation of HB 1957, relating to the labeling of wine as originating from an area of this state or with the name of a vineyard in this state.

House Committee on Public Health
Charge: Examine existing resources and available opportunities to strengthen the state’s nursing and other health professional workforce, including rural physicians and nurses.

Charge: Assess ongoing challenges in the rural health care system and the impact of legislation and funding from the 87th regular and special sessions on strengthening rural health care and the sustainability of rural hospitals and health care providers. Evaluate federal regulations authorizing the creation of a Rural Emergency Hospital provider type and determine if promoting this type of facility could increase local access to care in rural areas of the state.

 

Senate Committee on Local Government
Charge: Property Tax Reform: Review the effect of Senate Bill 2 (86th Legislature), the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019, and related legislation passed by the 87th Legislature. Make recommendations for further property tax reform and relief.

Appraisal Reform: Review the implementation of Senate Bill 63, House Bill 988, and other related legislation passed by 87th Legislature. Make recommendations to ensure appraisal guidelines are effective and taxpayers have enforcement mechanisms.

Charge: Efficiency Audits: Study the concept of efficiency audits for cities, counties and special purpose districts and under what circumstances they should be performed. Evaluate whether efficiency audits provide Texans tools to combat wasteful government spending and report whether they are needed before local government tax ratification elections.

 

Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Economic Development
Charge: Natural Gas Storage: Study the economic benefits of expanding the state's underground natural gas storage capacity and infrastructure. Investigate and make recommendations for additional natural gas transportation opportunities.

Monitoring: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development passed by the 87th Legislature, as well as relevant agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction. Specifically, make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, or complete implementation of the following:

  • House Bill 1284, Relating to the regulation of the injection and geologic storage of carbon dioxide in this state.
  • House Bill 3973, Relating to a study on abandoned oil and gas wells in this state and the use of the oil and gas regulation and cleanup fund.
  • The Rail Road Commission (RRC) will be providing the Committee with an update on their rules adoption pertaining to Senate Bill 3 (87R), relating to preparing for, preventing and responding to weather emergencies and power outages; increasing the amount of administrative and civil penalties. Public testimony will not be heard on the RRC update.

 

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September 15, 2022
House Committee on Business & Industry
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 3746, relating to certain notifications required following a breach of security or computerized data; and
  • SB 1588 and SB 581, relating to the powers and duties of certain property owners’ associations.

Charge: Evaluate the overall state of data privacy and online consumer protections in Texas and study the related laws and legislative efforts of other states. Make recommendations to ensure consumer data protections and online privacy.

 

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Members Not Returning, 88th Legislature

Below is a list of members (as of September 6, 2022) not returning to the 88th Texas Legislature in their current offices. Note that regardless of election outcomes, all of these legislators will keep their respective seats until January 2023, unless they resign earlier.

To learn more about who will be on the general election ballot, information about candidates by county and party is available on the Texas Secretary of State's candidate ballot order page. Results of the primary election and primary runoff elections are available on the Texas Secretary of State's election results page.

 

Total members not returning to 88th Legislature (as of September 6, 2022) = 34

House = 28; Senate = 6

 

Texas House of Representatives

 

Rep. Michelle Beckley Defeated in Democratic primary runoff election for Lieutenant Governor, 5/24/2022
Rep. Kyle Biedermann Retiring
Rep. Jeff Cason Retiring
Rep. Garnet Coleman Resigned effective 2/28/2022
Rep. Jasmine Crockett Running for Congressional District 30
Rep. John Cyrier Retiring
Rep. Joe Deshotel Retiring
Rep. Alex Dominguez Defeated in Democratic primary election for Texas Senate District 27, 3/1/2022
Rep. Jake Ellzey Elected to Congressional District 6 on 7/27/2021; resigned from Texas House effective 7/30/2021
Rep. John Frullo Retiring
Rep. Dan Huberty Retiring
Rep. Celia Israel Running for Mayor of Austin
Rep. Phil King Running for Texas Senate District 10
Rep. Matt Krause Defeated in Republican primary runoff election for Tarrant County District Attorney, 5/24/2022
Rep. Lyle Larson Retiring
Rep. Ben Leman Retiring
Rep. Eddie Lucio III Resigned effective 1/31/2022
Rep. Mayes Middleton Running for Texas Senate District 11
Rep. Ina Minjarez Defeated in Democratic primary runoff election for Bexar County Judge, 5/24/2022
Rep. Jim Murphy Retiring
Rep. Leo Pacheco Resigned effective 8/19/2021
Rep. Chris Paddie Retiring; Resigned effective 3/1/2022
Rep. Tan Parker Running for Texas Senate District 12
Rep. Eddie Rodriguez Defeated in Democratic primary election for Congressional District 35, 3/1/2022
Rep. Scott Sanford Retiring
Rep. Phil Stephenson Defeated in Republican primary runoff election, 5/24/2022
Rep. John Turner Retiring
Rep. James White Defeated in Republican primary election for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, 3/1/2022; resigned effective 8/11/2022

 

 

Texas Senate

 

Sen. Dawn Buckingham Running for Texas Land Commissioner
Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. Retiring
Sen. Jane Nelson Retiring
Sen. Beverly Powell Retiring; suspended campaign for Texas Senate District 10, 4/6/2022
Sen. Kel Seliger Retiring
Sen. Larry Taylor Retiring

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, September 1, 2022

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

  • Explore law enforcement legislation by state from May 2020 through May 2022. (National Conference of State Legislatures, August 22, 2022)
  • Review the most recent food price outlook forecasts for 2022 and 2023. (Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, August 25, 2022)
  • Track two decades of opioid overdoses in the U.S. (JAMA Network Open, July 28, 2022)
  • Consider the potential economic impact of millions of Americans' employment statuses affected by long Covid. (Brookings, August 24, 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.

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