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Interim Hearings - Week of December 8, 2014

Interim Hearings - Week of December 8th

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.

December 9th Top

Senate Committee on State Affairs

Charge: Actuarial and financial conditions of the pension and health care programs administered by the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) and the Employees Retirement System (ERS)

December 10th Top

Commission decisions

 

Staff presentation and public testimony - Public input form for agencies under review

December 11th Top

Topic: Sufficient balance to maintain in the Economic Stabilization Fund

 

Interim Hearings - Week of December 1, 2014

Interim Hearings - Week of December 1st

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.

December 1st Top

Topics: Revised guidelines for the Texas Facilities Commission, other business

 

Topics: Personnel matters and other business

 

December 3rd Top

House Committee on Insurance

Charge: Effects of the Affordable Care Act on the availability and affordability of private health insurance coverage in Texas and on the health insurance market

 Charge: Transparency in the health care marketplace

 Charge: Auto insurance market issues:

Charge: Long-term stability of the residual market for workers' compensation insurance

Joint Select Committee on Ethics Laws

Topic: Review the statutes and regulations related to ethics, including campaign finance laws, lobby laws, and personal financial disclosure law

  • Publications and Guides, including campaign finance guides for candidates and officeholders, and lobbying in Texas, Texas Ethics Commission

 

December 4th Top

House Committee on Appropriations

Topic: Invited testimony on state spending limit, overview of the revenue estimate, and budget drivers for the 84th Legislative Session (including public education, Medicaid, mental health funding, Employee Retirement System and the Teacher Retirement System)

Topic: Invited testimony from agencies and organizations that are participating in Texas Border Support Operations

Topic: Press credentialing

 

House Research Organization Steering Committee

Topic: Nominate steering committee candidate slate for submission to House membership

 

Interim Hearings - Week of November 17, 2014

Interim Hearings - Week of November 17th

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.

 

November 17th

Senate Committee on Education

Charge: School choice

 

Charge: Implementation of SB 2, 83rd Legislature, R.S., relating to certain charter schools

 

Topic: Facility demand issues on school districts across the state

November 19th

House Committee on State Affairs

 

Topic: Audit Report on the HealthSelect Contract at the Employees Retirement System, SAO Report No. 15-007

 

Interim Hearings - Week of November 10, 2014

Interim Hearings - Week of November 10th

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.

November 10th Top

House Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives

Topic: Findings and recommendations

 

November 12th Top

Senate Committee on Open Government

Charge: Texas Public Information Act

Staff presentation and agency response (invited testimony):

 

November 13th Top

 

November 14th Top

Charge: International trade and investment in Texas

 

Charge: Physical infrastructure that facilitates international trade

 

Charge: Commercial ship traffic on smaller coastal waterways

Topic: Distribution of state proposition funding as it relates to the enabling legislation in HB 1, 83rd Legislature, 3rd C.S.

 

Interim Hearings - Week of October 27, 2014

Interim Hearings - Week of October 27th

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 27th Top

House Committee on County Affairs

Topics: Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program 1115 Waiver, mental health, diversion tools, issues affecting the local jail, indigent care

 

Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction

 

October 28th Top

Topic: Potential recommendations to the Legislature on topics discussed in previous hearings

 

Senate Committee on Criminal Justice

Charge: Operations of the Texas prison system with respect to medical and mental health care

 

October 29th Top

Senate Committee on Finance

Topic: Invited testimony from the Office of the Comptroller related to the state's major sources of revenue and tax structure

 

 

Interim Hearings - Week of October 20, 2014

Interim Hearings – Week of October 20th
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 20th Top

Topic: Speaker's Strategic Fiscal Review Charge testimony regarding:

  • Trusteed Programs within the Office of the Governor
  • Department of Information Resources
  • State Law Library
  • Juvenile Justice Department
  • Department of Public Safety

House Committee on County Affairs 

Charge: Population growth and impact on housing, available land resources, businesses, and the state's economy

 

Charge: Health advisory panel from HB 3793, 83rd Legislature, R.S.

Charge: Oversight of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, jail issues including mental health

Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including counties' emergency response preparedness

 

October 22nd Top

Joint Legislative Committee on Human Trafficking

Prosecution of human trafficking, resources for victims of human trafficking, labor trafficking, and combating human trafficking.

 

October 23rd Top

Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations

 

Senate Committee on Jurisprudence

Charge: Failure to attend school (Section 25.094, Texas Education Code), adjudicating juvenile truancy as a civil offense

 

Charge: Deferred adjudication, orders for non-disclosure, and expunctions,  extending the use of expunction of criminal records history and non-disclosures

October 24th Top

House Committees on Agriculture & Livestock and Culture, Recreation & Tourism (Joint Hearing) 

Charge: Eradication of feral hogs

 

House Committees on Culture, Recreation & Tourism

Charge: Long-term plan to incorporate land donated or sold to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department into state park system

 

Charge: Texas Film Commission and the Texas Music Office and effectiveness in economic development

 

Charge: Economic impact of cultural, recreation, or tourism grants provided by the state, including any economic development grants related to cultural, recreational, or tourism industries, heritage tourism, courthouse restoration, and historic district revitalization 

 

Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction

 

Interim Hearings - Week of October 13, 2014

Interim Hearings – Week of October 13th
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 13th Top

Senate Committee on Higher Education

Charge: Alignment between high school and freshman level college coursework, specifically mathematics (including Algebra II) and science courses

 

Charge: Use of dual credit coursework and other secondary school programs for college credit

 

Charge: Implementation of legislation, specifically, the following:

  • SB 414, 83rd Legislature, R.S. (2013), relating to a study and report regarding authorizing certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs to address regional workforce needs

  • SB 62, 83rd Legislature, R.S. (2013), relating to the vaccination against bacterial meningitis of entering students at public and private or independent institutions of higher education

               

  • SB 28, 82nd Legislature, R.S. (2011), relating to eligibility for a TEXAS grant and to administration of the TEXAS grant program

  • HB 1244, 82nd Legislature, R.S. (2011), relating to developmental education and the assessment of student readiness under the Texas Success Initiative and to students enrolled in developmental education at public institutions of higher education

 

October 14th Top

Joint Interim Committee on Education Policy for a Skilled Workforce

Charge: Career and technical education's impact on high school graduation, transitions to postsecondary education, industry-based certification, a postsecondary certificate, or an associate's degree

Charge: High school career and technical education, career exploration, and curricula that align with postsecondary programs and employer-based training

 

October 15th Top

House Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives

Topics: Financial tools, permitting process, key tax incentives, and needs for small businesses

House Committees on Land & Resource Management  and Urban Affairs (Joint Hearing, 10:30 A.M.)

Examine population growth in Texas and evaluate Texas' preparedness to respond to future growth and ensure economic stability

 

House Committee on Urban Affairs, 1:00 P.M.

Charge: Strategies to address chronic graffiti problem

 

Charge: Recommendations in report by Texas Coordinating Council for Veterans Services (TCCVS), homeless veterans

Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction

 

October 16th Top

House Committee on Public Education

Charge: School district governance, effective relationship between board and superintendent

Charge: Role of the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) in serving school districts
History of HCDE, Harris County Department of Education

 

 House Committee on Licensing & Administrative Procedures

 Charge: Evaluate and consider cost-saving technologies and programs used by the Department of Licensing and Regulation to increase efficiencies and access to those with licensing occupations.

 Charge: Expand the right of individuals to challenge occupational licensing rules and regulations; identify occupational licenses that may not be necessary for public safety or health.

 Charge: Effect of HB 3038, 83rd Legislature, R.S. on multi-state auction companies, as well as business-to-business auctions.

 Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature.

 

Interim Hearings – Week of October 6, 2014

Interim Hearings – Week of October 6th

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 6th Top

Topic: Speaker's Strategic Fiscal Review Charge testimony regarding:

  • General Revenue-funded Programs at the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

 

Topic: Speaker's Strategic Fiscal Review Charge testimony regarding:

  • Public Utility Commission
  • Texas Emissions Reduction Plan at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Texas Department of Transportation

 

House Select Committee on Health Care Education & Training

Topics: Innovative educational models, state workforce programs and policy recommendations to strengthen the health care workforce in Texas; dental health care workforce; veterans employment opportunities in health care careers

 

October 7th Top

Topic: Speaker's Strategic Fiscal Review Charge testimony regarding:

  • Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • University System Offices
  • Available University Fund
  • Texas Education Agency

 

House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence

Charge: Impact of SB 1289, 83rd Legislature, R.S., sale of criminal histories and arrest records 

 

Charge: Non-traditional criminal offenses outside of the Penal Code, use of the Rule of Lenity and Mens Rea requirements in Texas

 

Charge: Deferred adjudication and orders for non-disclosure, use of expunction of criminal records history

 

Charge: Current pecuniary loss thresholds associated with graffiti offenses, existing Graffiti Abatement Programs in Texas

 

Charge: Community supervision in state jail felonies and effectiveness of the state jail

 

Charge: Emergency preparedness

 

Topic: Border operations update

 

Topic: Driver Responsibility Program

 

Topic: Ammonium nitrate storage

House Committee on Insurance   

Charge: Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA)

House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock

Topic: Agricultural commodity import traffic delays

Senate Committee on Health & Human Services

Topic: State's public health preparedness and response to infectious disease threats; overview of the ongoing local, state, and federal response to the confirmed Ebola case in Dallas

 

October 8th Top

House Committees on Corrections and Public Education (Joint Hearing)

Charge: Impact of SB 393, 83rd Legislature, R.S. and SB 1114, 83rd Legislature R.S.; School discipline and school-based policing

 

House Committee on Corrections

Charge: Review of correctional facilities and processes within Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and Texas Juvenile Justice Department with emphasis on efficiencies, effectiveness, and recidivism

 

House Committee on Public Education

Charge: Implementation of HB 5, 83rd Legislature, R.S., and recommendations for improvement; creation of additional rigorous mathematics and science courses needed to address the current and projected needs of the state's workforce

Joint Legislative Committee on Texas Lottery

Topic: Charitable bingo

 

Topic: Elimination of the state lottery

 
House Committee on Ways & Means

Topic: Implementation of recent amendments to the property tax; frequency of reappraisals

 

Topic: Marketplace Fairness Act

Topic: Original purpose of the economic stabilization fund, appropriateness of using the net amount of oil and gas production taxes received in the 1987 state fiscal year as the basis for making general revenue transfers to the economic stabilization fund

 

Topic: Additional funding made available to Texas Department of Transportation not originally identified in the 2014-15 General Appropriations Act

 

Topic: New and previously discussed future funding options

Topic: Structure and functions of regional mobility authorities

 

 

Charge: Texas Coordinating Council for Veterans Services (TCCVS) report recommendations; new methods to help homeless Veterans using state, regional, and local resources

Charge: Strategies for effectively supporting military veteran students in their academic and workforce goals

 

Interim Hearings - Week of September 29, 2014

Interim Hearings - Week of September 29th     

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 29th Top

House Committee on Environmental Regulation

Charge: Environmental Protection Agency's newly proposed Clean Power Plan and potential impact on Texas

 

September 30th Top

House Select Committee on Child Protection

Topics: Review of abuse and neglect fatalities; Coordination and collaboration among local agencies, faith-based organizations, the private sector, non-profits, and law enforcement; Efficacy of ongoing prevention efforts

 

House Committee on Environmental Regulation

Charge: Environmental Protection Agency's newly proposed Clean Power Plan and potential impact on Texas

(see September 29th above)

 

Interim Hearings – Week of September 22, 2014

Interim Hearings – Week of September 22nd

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 22nd Top

Senate Committee on Economic Development

Charge: Legislative and regulatory barriers to capital investment, growth, and expansion of Texas businesses; reducing regulatory barriers to professions regulated by Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

 Charge: Biennial state review process for economic development programs

 Charge: Implementation of SB 21, 83rd Legislature R.S., which requires drug testing for unemployment insurance claimants

September 23rd Top

House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock

Charge: Transparency, accountability, and efficiency in state agencies under the committee's jurisdiction; cost-saving technologies such as the route optimization system used by the Texas Department of Agriculture to save funds in inspection activities

 Charge: Texas Right to Farm Act

 Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction

 

House Committee on Special Purpose Districts

Charge: Comprehensive review of existing special purpose districts in the state

September 24th Top

House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock CANCELLED

Continuation of any unfinished business from the previous day

 

House Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives

Topics: Energy and private space incentives, freeports, and the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)

Senate Committee on Finance

Topic: Legislative Budget Board (LBB) presentations about major cost drivers for the state budget in:

  • Public Education

  • Higher Education

  • Medicaid

  • Mental Health

  • Transportation

  • Water

  • Employee Retirement Systems

  • Teacher Retirement System

Charge: Commercial oyster industry in the Commercial Fishing License Buyback Program at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Charge: Implementation of HB 3279, 83rd Legislature, R.S., regarding the protection of seagrass plants

Charge: Economic impact of cultural, recreation, or tourism grants provided by the state, including any economic development grants related to cultural, recreational, or tourism industries, heritage tourism, courthouse restoration, and historic district revitalization 

Topic: Update on Battleship Texas

House Committee on Public Health

Charge: Efficient exchange of electronic health information with Texas Health and Human Services enterprise agencies

 Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs, including implementation of HB 15, 83rd Legislature, R.S.

 

September 25th Top

Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking

Topics: Services and resources available to victims of human trafficking; current efforts in North Texas region to combat human trafficking

September 26th Top

House Committees on Energy Resources and International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs  (Joint Hearing)

Charge: Impact on Texas' economy and businesses of the recent expansion of oil and gas production in Northern Mexico, Mexico's efforts to recover shale gas from Eagle Ford Shale

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