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Interim Hearings – Week of February 5, 2018

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.

 

February 6

House Committee on County Affairs (Houston)

Charge: Emergency response activities, impact of natural disasters on county finances

Charge: County ordinance-making and enforcement authority to deal with flood risk in unincorporated rural and suburban areas

Implementation of SB 1849, 85th Legislature, R.S., the Sandra Bland Act

Tour of areas affected by Hurricane Harvey at the University of Houston-Downtown

 

February 7

House Committee on Transportation

Charge: Response to Hurricane Harvey and natural disaster preparedness with respect to the transportation system and transportation infrastructure

Charge: Monitor agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature, specifically implementation of the TxDOT Sunset legislation and related management actions

 

Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Border Security (San Antonio) 

Charge: Military installations

Charge: Military youth readiness

 

February 8

House Committee on Transportation

Charge: Oversize/overweight permitting system

Charge: Emerging issues in transportation related to technology – intelligent transportation systems, autonomous vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems (i.e., drones)

Interim Hearings – Week of January 29, 2018

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.

Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs (Wharton) 

Topic: Impact to agriculture and rural communities from Hurricane Harvey

Charge: Water infrastructure projects in the State Water Plan to mitigate flooding, possible third reservoir in addition to Addicks and Barker, flood mitigation infrastructure and restoration of critical dam infrastructure

 

Senate Committee on Finance

Charge: Trauma funding

Charge: Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP)

Charge: Fee structure review

Charge: Request to exceed review: Review all riders requiring interim action by the Legislative Budget Board to reduce the number of times interim budget modification is necessary.

 

Topic: Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery

 

Charge: Impact of Hurricane Harvey on financial institutions

Charge: Mortgage licensure requirements

 

Senate Committee on State Affairs (San Marcos)

Charge: Freedom of speech on campus

 

House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety (Tyler) 

Topic:  Comprehensive review by the Department of Public Safety on various agency matters, including but not limited to: Driver license operations, Texas/Mexico border security and operations, East Texas Gang/Cartel activity, Safety factors with respect to sedan vs. SUV patrol units, CUP appropriations for FY 18/19 and retire/rehire program

Topic: Interactions between law enforcement and citizens including an update on enactments of new law

Topic: Junior college campus security

 

Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Economic Development (Houston) 

Charge: Hotel occupancy taxes

Charge: Regulatory barriers, including permitting or registration requirements and fees

 

Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform (Houston) 

Charge: How property tax law could better advance disaster recovery after Hurricane Harvey while ensuring that taxpayers are protected from excessive taxation and wasteful spending

Charge: Statutory changes necessary, if any, for a municipality to be able to redirect revenue from Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ) for a set period of time to assist in paying the costs associated with recovery and rebuilding necessary infrastructure following a disaster declaration by the Governor or President

Interim Hearings – Week of January 22, 2018

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.

 

January 22

Topic: Texas Facilities Commission Capitol Complex Master Plan

 

January 23

House Committee on Environmental Regulation, Subcommittee on Air Quality and Municipal Landfills

Charge 3: Permitting, siting, and regulatory processes for solid waste landfills

 

House Committee on Environmental Regulation (upon adjournment of the Subcommittee) 

Charge 1: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's (TCEQ) response and clean-up efforts related to Hurricane Harvey, debris removal, natural disaster response

Hurricane Response (TCEQ Executive Director's regulatory  guidance, suspension of TCEQ rules, TCEQ resources for Texas residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, disaster relief funding, current conditions of drinking water and air quality), Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

 

 

Senate Committee on Business & Commerce (Houston)

Charge 1: Hurricane Harvey related property and casualty insurance claims data analysis (Texas Department of Insurance)

  • Mandatory Data Call for Information Regarding Claims Resulting from Hurricane Harvey (Commissioner's Bulletins # B-0035-17 and # B-0034-17), Texas Department of Insurance, September 21, 2017

Charge 2: Health insurance market stability

Charge 3: Implementation of legislation in the 85th Legislature, R.S., including settlement of out-of-network health benefit claims involving balance billing and patient's explanation of benefits statements

Interim Hearings – Week of January 15, 2018

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.

 

January 16

House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence CANCELED

Charge: Death penalty for defendants with serious mental illness or intellectual and developmental disabilities

 

January 17

House Committee on Defense & Veterans' Affairs CANCELED

Charge: Impact of Hurricane Harvey related to the Texas Military Department, Emergency Management Council, and the Texas Division of Emergency Management

 

January 18

House Committee on General Investigating & Ethics (Houston) 

Charge:  Oversight of federal, state, local, and charitable funds spent in response to Hurricane Harvey

House Committee on Urban Affairs (Houston)

Topic: Short- and long-term housing needs and related issues resulting from Hurricane Harvey and associated flooding

Interim Hearings – Week of January 8, 2018

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.

 

January 12

Charge: Use of federal funds in response to Hurricane Harvey, federal funds and investment in infrastructure projects to reduce impact of future natural disasters

Interim Hearings – Week of December 18, 2017

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 20

House Committee on Land & Resource Management (Corpus Christi)

Charge: General Land Office (GLO) role and efforts during the recovery period following Hurricane Harvey, disaster readiness and protocols, assessment of public lands

Interim Hearings – Week of December 11, 2017

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 12

House Committee on Energy Resources (Midland) 

Charge: Impact of energy exploration and production on state and county roads

Charge: Public infrastructure and workforce development in the Permian Basin region

Charge: Monitoring agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature

 

 

December 13

House Committee on Human Services  

Charge: Nursing facilities and duplication of government regulations

Charge: HHSC's implementation of Rider 219 in Article II of the General Appropriations Act on prescription drug benefit administration in Medicaid; pharmacy benefit managers in Texas Medicaid

Topic: Issues related to Child Protective Services

 

House Committee on Urban Affairs (Beaumont) 

Topic: Short- and long-term housing needs and related issues resulting from Hurricane Harvey and associated flooding

 

December 14

Senate Committee on Administration

Topic: Sexual harassment policy

Interim Hearings - Weeks of November 27 and December 4, 2017

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 30

House Committee on Special Purpose Districts

Charge 1: Impact of Hurricane Harvey on residential communities within special purpose districts, emergency preparedness and response of the districts

Charge 2: Water district bonds

Charge 3: Feasibility of dissolving special purpose districts

 

December 1

House Committee on House Administration

Topics: Sexual harassment policy, select committee budgets

 

 

House Committee on Special Purpose Districts

Charge 4: Municipal Management Districts

 

December 4

House Committee on Urban Affairs (Corpus Christi) 

Topic: Short- and long-term housing needs and related issues resulting from Hurricane Harvey and associated flooding

 

December 5

House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness   

Topic: Long-term competitiveness and economic development issues

 

Senate Committee on Finance

Charge: Alamo historical site renovation

Charge: Adult and juvenile corrections funding

Charge: Monitor implementation of CPS critical needs funding initiative

Topic: Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery

 

December 6

House Committee on Insurance

Charge: Health insurance market in Texas 

Charge: Surprise medical billing

Charge: Prescription drug coverage and drug formularies  

Charge: Transparency of pharmacy benefit managers  

 

Senate Select Committee on Cybersecurity  

Topic: State of cybersecurity in Texas

 

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health & Human Services Transition

Invited testimony

Legislative Scorecards, 85th Legislature

Following each legislative session in Texas, some organizations create scorecards "grading" the performance of legislators. Scorecards typically focus on bills significant to a particular viewpoint or subject area.

 

The LRL tracks legislative scorecards as we find them to be a helpful research tool. Listed below are the 85th Legislature scorecards we have found thus far. 

 

Conservative Round Table of Texas

 

Empower Texans

 

Environment Texas

 

Equality Texas

 

Sierra Club – Lone Star Chapter

 

Texas Association of Business

 

Texas Right to Life

 

Texas Uniting for Reform & Freedom (TURF)

 

Texas Values Action

 

Young Conservatives of Texas

 

Cover image by Flickr user Jon Wiley / CC BY-NC 2.0.

Interim Hearings – Week of November 13, 2017

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 14

House Committee on Public Education 

Charge: Unintended punitive consequences to both students and districts in the state accountability system as a result of Hurricane Harvey

Charge: Educational opportunities offered to students displaced by Hurricane Harvey

 

November 15

House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness

Topic: Long-term competitiveness and economic development issues

 

Senate Committee on Transportation

Charge:  Unified Transportation Program (UTP) and project selection decisions from the statewide transportation plan

Charge: Transportation infrastructure – impact of Hurricane Harvey 

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