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Current Articles & Research Resources, July 11

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

  • Follow updates and implementation of HB3, 86th Legislature. (Texas Education Agency, updated July 3, 2019)
  • Consider whether facial recognition technology needs federal regulation. (The Atlantic, June 28, 2019)
  • Protect your car from theft. (Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, ©2019)
  • Keep your pets safe during an emergency or disaster. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration, June 28, 2019)

Members of the Texas legislative community may request the articles below here or by calling 512-463-1252.

  • "Bad medicine." By Liz Hayes. Church & State, July/August 2019, pp. 9-11.
    Comments on the denial of care rule, proposed by the United States Department of Health & Human Services [HHS], to protect individuals and health care entities from discrimination on the basis of their exercise of conscience in HHS-funded programs.
  • "Just business: Few fireworks during session as lawmakers make deals on top priorities." Classroom Teacher (Texas Classroom Teachers Association), Spring 2019, pp. 10-17.
    Summarizes key public education issues and bills in the 86th Legislature, including school finance reform, teacher salaries and retirement, school discipline, school safety and mental health, and other bills affecting public schools.
  • "Virtually defenseless: The national security establishment is woefully unprepared for the new era of cyber-warfare." By John M. Donnelly and Gopal Ratnam. CQ Researcher, June 24, 2019, pp. 15-21.
    Examines the new "information warfare," increasing cybersecurity concerns, and military preparation for cyberattacks.
  • "We love foreign workers." By Shawn Zeller. CQ Weekly, June 17, 2019, pp. 18-23.
    Discusses why businesses lean toward hiring seasonal foreign workers over Americans. Addresses problems with labor regulations relating to recruiting and wage fraud.
  • "Texafornia dreaming; California & Texas: A tale of two states." Economist, June 22nd - June 28th, 2019, pp. 7, 3-14.
    Presents a special report on California and Texas. Claims America' future will be written in the two mega-states.
  • "Transport: Flying start." Economist, June 15th-21st, 2019, pp. 55-56.
    Reports drone deliveries are advancing in health care, which could save hospitals millions in lab and pharmacy costs.
  • "State legislators revamp funding in Texas, Nevada." By Daarel Burnette II. Education Week, June 19, 2019, p. 16.
    Summarizes school finance reforms in Texas and Nevada in this year's legislative sessions. Mentions the increase in the Texas education budget to $11.6 billion, an increase in teacher salaries, and full day pre-Kindergarten for eligible 4-year-olds.
  • "Motor fuels taxes in a changing Texas transportation scene: Should Texas rethink the way it funds roads?" By Shannon Halbrook and Jess Donald. Fiscal Notes, June/July 2019, pp. 1, 3-6.
    Describes future trends of motor fuels tax revenue in Texas, providing for the construction and maintenance of state highways, roads, and bridges since 1923. Considers the role of alternative-fuel vehicles, rising highway costs, and the tax structures in other states with variable-rate gas taxes.
  • "Texas distillers thrive, but hoped for more from state." By Marice Richter. Fort Worth Business Press, June 24-30, 2019, pp. 6, 21.
    Looks at the 86th Legislature from the perspective of craft distillers, and discusses legislation passed to allow "sampling of product" for distillers and "beer-to-go" for craft breweries.
  • "Newspaper-man." By Jay Nordlinger. National Review, June 24, 2019, pp. 18-19.
    Considers the value of small-town newspapers and their editors in a profile of Mike Brown, editor of the Rockdale Reporter serving Rockdale, Texas.
  • "Bad economic justifications for minimum wage hikes." By Ryan Bourne. Policy Brief (CATO Institute), June 20, 2019, pp. 1-8.
    Explains why the metrics used to advocate minimum wage hikes are not sensible benchmarks by which to set minimum wage rates, and could instead produce damaging labor market outcomes.
  • "The confession." By Douglas Starr. Science, June 14, 2019, pp. 1022-1026.
    Looks at how and why police interrogations can result in false confessions.
  • "When was the Republic of Texas no more? Revisiting the annexation of Texas." By Keith J. Volanto and Gene B. Preuss. Southwestern Historical Quarterly, July 2019, pp. 30-59 (Note Length).
    Examines the timeline of annexation of the Republic of Texas to the United States through a review of the contemporary congressional and legal proceedings. Argues the "annexation ceremony" on February 19, 1846, at a two-room dogtrot cabin in Austin, is a "historical myth," demonstrating that the actual transfer of sovereignty was on December 29, 1845, when the United States government formally annexed Texas.
  • "Oregon walkout reflects a growing trend. Here's why lawmakers leave." By Matt Vasilogambros. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), June 27, 2019, pp. 1-5.
    Considers the history of legislative walkouts. Points out possible political fallout and financial repercussions for lawmakers who use this tactic.
  • "Mobilizing against measles." By Sean Price. Texas Medicine, July 2019, pp. 22-29.
    Explores the current measles surge, legislative action to address the problem, and advocacy against such action. Identifies a range of pro- and anti-vaccine bills that were considered in the 86th Legislature.
  • "Who cares." By Grace Gedye. Washington Monthly, July/August 2019, pp. 15-18.
    Suggests long-term care is a political issue. Explains how individual caregivers make daily sacrifices to care for their older and ailing family members.

The Legislative Reference Library compiles this weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. Professional librarians review and select articles from more than 300 periodicals, including public policy journals, specialized industry periodicals, news magazines, and state agency publications. Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles using our online form.

Current Articles & Research Resources, June 27

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

  • Find out how to avoid phone calls from fake phone numbers. (Federal Trade Commission, June 25, 2019)
  • Track language usage in American case law over time, from the colonial period to today. (ABA Journal, June 20, 2019)
  • Read about Disaster City of Texas A&M University, where first responders train. (Stateline, June 25, 2019)
  • Explore an FAQ related to the upcoming November 5, 2019 uniform election. (Texas Secretary of State, accessed June 26, 2019)

Members of the Texas legislative community may request the articles below here or by calling 512-463-1252.

  • "Do states adjust Medicaid enrollment in response to capitation rates? Evidence from the Medicare Part D clawback." By Laura Quinby and Gal Wettstein. Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, June 2019, pp. 1-32.
    Examines to what extent more generous capitated federal subsidies would likely cause states to increase Medicaid enrollment. Includes state table of Modified FMAP [Federal Medical Assistance Percentage] Accounting for State and Federal Spending on Prescription Drugs for Dual-Eligibles, 2012.
  • "Rethinking mental health for cops: When 'good intentions' aren't enough." By Henry Gass. Christian Science Monitor, June 17, 2019, pp. 12-13.
    Highlights programs such as the critical incident stress management program [CISM] of the Fort Worth Police Department that assist officers who have been involved in traumatic incidents. Suggests an array of options for psychological first aid should be available to first responders.
  • "Teacher appreciation days." CQ Weekly, June 3, 2019, pp. 35-37.
    Examines other states' legislative efforts to raise teacher pay or create a minimum salary. Highlights legislation in Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.
  • "Religion and freedom: I can do no other." Economist, June 15th-21st, 2019, pp. 21-22.
    Reports on the case of Scott Warren, who is facing felony charges for conspiring to harbor and transport illegal immigrants. Examines whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 can protect Mr. Warren from prosecution, as he claims a spiritual motive lay behind the actions he took to reduce the number of migrants who perish in the Arizona desert.
  • "The financial benefits and burdens of performance funding in higher education." By Lori Prince Hagood. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, June 2019, pp. 189-213.
    Investigates the effects of performance funding policies on state appropriations for four-year, public universities. Establishes state funding patterns associated with performance funding and determines to what extent performance funding favors some institutions over others.
  • "Home health care providers struggle with state laws and Medicare rules as demand rises." By Susan Jaffe. Health Affairs, June 2019, pp. 981-986.
    Considers how Medicare rules and state laws restricting nurse practitioners' scope-of-practice have raised obstacles to patients' access to home health care.
  • "The rural hospital problem." By Austin B. Frakt. JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), June 18, 2019, pp. 2271-2272.
    Examines reasons for increased numbers of rural hospital closures, and considers the consequences for cost, quality, and access.
  • "Free speech, if we can keep it." By Charles C.W. Cooke. National Review, June 24, 2019, pp. 34-36.
    Contrasts strong support for free speech doctrines in the courts with a shrinking "meaningful culture of free speech" due to concerns about hate speech and intolerant speech.
  • "Injunction dysfunction." By David French. National Review, June 24, 2019, pp. 33-34.
    Examines the increasing use of nationwide injunctions by activists across the political spectrum. Argues that the proper legal mechanism for action affecting all similarly situated individuals would be a class-action lawsuit.
  • "Economic benefits of the Texas energy sector." By M. Ray Perryman. Perryman Report and Texas Letter, Vol. 36, No. 4, pp. 1-3, 6.
    Quantifies the stimulus the energy sector provides across the economy. Points out the varied industries required to meet the needs of the growing Texas oil and gas industry.
  • "Lessons from California on carbon risk: First climate-change bankruptcy." By Priti Patel, et al. Public Utilities Fortnightly, June 1, 2019, pp. 80-83, 87.
    Examines how the takings clause of California's state constitution is applied to hold public utilities liable for any damages caused by their systems.
  • "What constitutes 'discrimination' in college admissions?" By Dennis L. Weisman. Regulation (CATO Institute), Summer 2019, pp. 24-27.
    Contends that defining discrimination exclusively in terms of a departure from merit-based admissions may be too narrow. Points out this definition fails to account for the value conferred on the university by other types of admissions, such as those based on legacy and athletic preferences.
  • "Teens of 'anti-vaxxers' can get their own vaccines, some states say." By Michael Ollove. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), June 24, 2019, pp. 1-5.
    Examines the rights of adolescents to make certain health care decisions. Points out recent state legislative efforts to narrow school vaccination exemptions and to give minors the right to get vaccinated without their parents' permission.
  • "The vaccine battlegrounds." By Jefferey Kluger. Time, June 24, 2019, pp. 38-43.
    Discusses vaccine-related legislation recently addressed in state legislatures. Considers oppositional efforts against state legislation requiring vaccinations, despite a record number of measles cases in the United States.

The Legislative Reference Library compiles this weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. Professional librarians review and select articles from more than 300 periodicals, including public policy journals, specialized industry periodicals, news magazines, and state agency publications. Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles using our online form.

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, June 20

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

  • Examine ways to address prescription drug pricing policy. (The Heritage Foundation, June 7, 2019)
  • Consider whether your tax information is secure. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, June 11, 2019)
  • See how Americans are accessing the internet. (Pew Research Center, June 13, 2019)
  • Explore how telehealth can reach patients in rural and underserved areas. (National Conference of State Legislatures, May 30, 2019)

Members of the Texas legislative community may request the articles below here or by calling 512-463-1252.

  • "New psychiatric hospital seen as key to boosting care, saving money." By Will Anderson. Austin Business Journal, June 7, 2019, pp. 12-13.
    Highlights SB2111, 86th Legislature, relating to the redevelopment of the Austin State Hospital campus, a key step to improving mental health treatment. Includes comment by Senator Kirk Watson.
  • "SNAP caseload and spending declines have accelerated in recent years." By Dorothy Rosenbaum and Brynne Keith-Jennings. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, June 6, 2019, pp. 1-20.
    Examines the decline in participation and spending in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP], formerly food stamps, and possible contributing reasons factors of the improving economy and the three-month time limit on SNAP participation by childless adults without disabilities. Includes table of SNAP caseload changes by state, showing Texas with a 9.3 percent decrease in average monthly SNAP participants from 2013-2018.
  • "Supporting older youth beyond age 18: Examining data and trends in extended foster care." By Rachel Rosenberg and Samuel Abbott. Child Trends, June 2019, pp. 1-16.
    Analyzes the effect of extended foster care, when youth stay in care past age 18 with additional services and supports, on important young adult outcomes, including high school graduation/GED, employment, school enrollment, homelessness, and young parenthood. Finds permanency rates are largely stable in states that have implemented extended foster care.
  • "As abortion battles intensify in states, misperceptions abound." By Samantha Laine Perfas and Jessica Mendoza. Christian Science Monitor, June 3, 2019, pp. 14-15.
    Considers the abortion issue in terms of facts, context, and political rhetoric.
  • "Alternative energy — castles in the sky?" Economist, June 8th-14th, 2019, pp. 71-72.
    Points out a new approach to generating electricity from the wind without the use of wind turbines.
  • "America First trade policy." Economist, June 8th-14th, 2019, pp. 65-66.
    Points out how the Trump administration's trade policies are challenging the multilateral trade system. Discusses the consequences of weaponizing tariffs to effect change in other countries' trade policies.
  • "Charting the continued friction between K-12 spending, equity." By Alex Harwin and Sterling C. Lloyd. Education Week, June 5, 2019, pp. 10-12.
    Analyzes federal data to grade how well states are doing with K-12 spending and the equitable distribution of school funds. Reports Texas received a grade of D+ on this year's Quality Counts school finance report card.
  • "Maximizing job creation bang-for-buck by reducing import leakages." By Josh Bivens. EPI Policy Memorandum, June 13, 2019, pp. 1-11.
    Finds that ambitious investment in infrastructure and reducing the United States trade deficit that allows jobs to "leak" outside the economy will create thousands of additional manufacturing jobs in the United States, putting American manufacturing production on a more level playing field with global competitors.
  • "How accurate are net price calculators?" By Laura Perna and Jeremy Wright-Kim. Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, May/June 2019, pp. 8-9.
    Finds that some net price calculators on college and university websites are difficult to locate, work inconsistently, and present information in ways that may mislead students and families on the expected cost of attendance.
  • "School counselors express concerns about college and career advising in Texas." By Hector Bojorquez. IDRA Newsletter (Intercultural Development Research Association), May 2019, pp. 1-2, 4.
    Reports on preliminary findings from a study of how counselors view their roles, including the effects of the endorsement system of college or career pathways set up by 2013 legislation in Texas.
  • "The Permian's demographics." By Paula Dittrick. Oil and Gas Journal, June 3, 2019, p. 14.
    Summarizes the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association's [TIPRO] 2019 Permian Basin Report, which looks at trends in the labor force, education, and population in a 61-county area known as the Permian Basin region.
  • "Oh deer." By Tate Watkins. Reason, July 2019, pp. 33-35.
    Reviews the history of wildlife management in the United States. Considers how developing a legal market for venison could control the deer population, similar to the Texas program that allows harvesting of wild hogs.
  • "Education: Unlocking access." By Bennett G. Boggs and Lesley Kennedy. State Legislatures, May/June 2019, pp. 6-11.
    Examines whether free college policies — known as promise programs — are making the grade. Points out six criteria successful promise programs should pursue.
  • "A disappointing end to eminent domain reform efforts." By Russell Boening. Texas Agriculture, June 7, 2019, p. 2.
    Discusses SB421, 86th Legislature, relating to eminent domain reform in Texas, which stalled during the Texas Farm Bureau's attempts at compromising with the state's oil and gas industry. Mentions HB991, 86th Legislature.
  • "Who counts?" By Eric Benson. Texas Monthly, June 2019, pp. 54-60.
    Discusses the 2020 census and efforts to ensure a complete count, especially in Hidalgo County. Examines the effect a citizenship question could have on participation and the repercussions of an undercount for Texas. Mentions Representative Cesar Blanco.

The Legislative Reference Library compiles this weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. Professional librarians review and select articles from more than 300 periodicals, including public policy journals, specialized industry periodicals, news magazines, and state agency publications. Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles using our online form.

Current Articles & Research Resources, June 13

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

  • Consider Americans' viewpoints on misinformation. (Pew Research Center, June 5, 2019)
  • Find signed copies of bills via the Secretary of State's website. (Texas Secretary of State, accessed June 12, 2019)
  • Explore legislation state by state related to consumer data privacy. (National Conference of State Legislatures, June 7, 2019)
  • Read about how toll charges vary among drivers from in state and out of state. (Stateline, June 7, 2019)

Members of the Texas legislative community may request the articles below here or by calling 512-463-1252.

  • "Less than 'zero tolerance.'" By Lorelei Laird. ABA Journal: The Lawyer's Magazine, June 2019, pp. 16-18.
    Examines whether federal drug crime prosecutions are taking a back seat to misdemeanor unlawful entry prosecutions required under the zero tolerance policy for immigrants who cross the border without authorization.
  • "Winners and losers at the Capitol." By Kimberly Reeves. Austin Business Journal, June 7, 2019, pp. 20-21.
    Picks groups that benefitted the most or lost out in the 86th Legislature.
  • "The impact of imposing sales taxes on business inputs." By Andrew Phillips and Muath Ibaid. Council on State Taxation, May 2019, pp. 1-27 (Note Length).
    Analyzes state sales taxation of business purchases and negative implications for overall state tax policy, including pyramiding, lack of transparency, and competitiveness. Discusses the previous failure of broad-based sales tax reform efforts to exempt business inputs in Louisiana, Minnesota, Ohio, and Nebraska. Includes state tables on the estimated business share of state and local taxes.
  • "Climate change and the Midwest: Soaked and less sceptical." Economist, June 1st-7th, 2019, pp. 21-22.
    Explains how floods and storms are revising inland America's attitude to climate change.
  • "School funding: Testing time." Economist, June 8th-14th, 2019, p. 29.
    Examines the effects of public school budget cuts during the Great Recession on pupils' test scores. Related information at: https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/atoms/files/11-29-17sfp.pdf.
  • "86th Texas Legislature." By Cassandra Pollock. Fort Worth Business Press, June 3-9, 2019, pp. 14-15.
    Examines the performance of Dennis Bonnen as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives during the regular session of the 86th Legislature. Includes quotes from both Democratic and Republican members of the House.
  • "Updated opportunity zone rules ease investor concerns." By Jeff Jeffrey. Houston Business Journal, May 23, 2019, pp. 26-27.
    Reports on the recent Department of the Treasury's guidance on IRS rules for opportunity zones that may ease investors' concerns while also spurring economic development.
  • "Ten tips for policymakers for improving probation." By Marc Levin. Internet Resource, May 2019, pp. 1-12.
    Discusses probation as an alternative to incarceration and provides ten tips to increase its effectiveness, fairness, and efficiency. Mentions SB1055, 82nd Legislature.
  • "Toward equality of educational opportunity: What's most promising?" By Arthur E. Wise. Phi Delta Kappan, May 2019, pp.8-13.
    Reviews three reform strategies that have been employed to provide broader access to high-quality teaching and education resources. Explains improvements in teacher professionalism and quality offers more promise than equity lawsuits or renewed standards and accountability.
  • "Foster care crisis opens doors to second-chance parents." By Teresa Wiltz. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), June 5, 2019, pp. 1-6.
    Reports several states have enacted or proposed laws making it easier for parents to reinstate their parental rights after they have been terminated. Notes critics' concerns that returning kids to unfit parents will jeopardize their safety.
  • "What's killing Texans?" By Sean Price. Texas Medicine, June 2019, pp. 22-29.
    Explains Texas' system for investigating deaths and completing death certificates. Notes HB3716, 86th Legislature, which potentially lowers the number of medical examiner offices in Texas. Calls for greater physician education on why completing death certificates correctly is vital to collecting accurate death statistics.
  • "The price of oil." By Christian Wallace. Texas Monthly, June 2019, pp. 76-80, 145-157.
    Profiles the effects of the oil industry on residents of the Permian Basin. Discusses how the current boom has increased the cost of living and negatively impacted education and roads in the region. Mentions Rep. Brooks Landgraf.

The Legislative Reference Library compiles this weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. Professional librarians review and select articles from more than 300 periodicals, including public policy journals, specialized industry periodicals, news magazines, and state agency publications. Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles using our online form.

Current Articles & Research Resources, June 6

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

  • Read about how the federal government is addressing concerns about privacy related to face recognition technologies. (Government Accountability Office, June 4, 2019)
  • Find the latest reports produced by the Texas Health & Human Services Commission. (Texas Health & Human Services, accessed June 5, 2019)
  • Prepare for hurricane season. (Texas Department of Public Safety, May 31, 2019)
  • See legislation related to occupational licensing. (Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation, accessed June 5, 2019)

Members of the Texas legislative community may request the articles below here or by calling 512-463-1252.

  • "Beyond us and them: The role of trust in vaccine controversy." By Amanda Paulson. Christian Science Monitor, May 27, 2019, pp. 10-11.
    Argues the vaccination controversy is not a scientific problem but a social problem created by lack of faith in government, the health-care system, and pharmaceutical companies.
  • "Child-safe internet: The kids aren't alright." Economist, May 25th-31st, 2019, p. 66.
    Reports members of the United States Congress are drafting multiple bills to regulate how internet and social media platforms treat children — the internet equivalent of the Children's Television Act of 1990.
  • "The Texas Legislature wraps up: Hide your crazy." Economist, June 1st-7th, 2019, p. 24.
    Summarizes the 86th Texas Legislature, calling it the most productive legislative session in a decade.
  • "Bound to win." By Jill Lepore. New Yorker, May 20, 2019, pp. 76-82.
    Reviews the evolution of political memoirs or autobiographies, focusing on books by current presidential candidates.
  • "Report: Industry appeal to investors at all-time low." Oil and Gas Journal, May 6, 2019, pp. 31-33.
    Summarizes a series of articles from Deloitte, "Decoding the O & G Downturn," which explores the oil and gas industry's struggles with uncertainty in the markets and low prices.
  • "Ensuring equitable access to great teachers: State policy priorities." By Elizabeth Ross. Phi Delta Kappan, May 2019, pp. 20-26.
    Reports on a study of the state plans required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 to ensure vulnerable student populations have equitable access to talented teachers.
  • "How state pension subsidies undermine equity." By James Shuls, et al. Phi Delta Kappan, May 2019, pp. 37-41.
    Reviews recent studies to understand how some methods of funding teacher pensions can have a role in school finance inequity.
  • "Towards a new energy efficiency world order: Revisit our metrics." By Keith Dennis. Public Utilities Fortnightly, May 2019, pp. 100-102.
    Argues that energy efficiency program models need to be updated in order to adapt to changes in the energy industry.
  • "The heartbreaking, lifesaving practice of welcoming 'unaccompanied' child migrants." By Shikha Dalmia. Reason, June 2019, pp. 14-15.
    Compares and contrasts the movement to rescue children from life-threatening poverty and violence in Europe after World War I with the treatment of Latin American children attempting to gain asylum in the United States today.
  • "Palliative care beyond hospice is spreading to more states." By Michael Ollove. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), May 29, 2019, pp. 1-6.
    Reports more states are extending palliative care benefits to people who are not close to death, but who are living with serious illnesses. Explains state programs and policies vary according to geography, hospital size and income. Reports at http://features.commonwealthfund.org/health-care-in-america and https://nashp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Palliative-Care-Brief-Final.pdf.

The Legislative Reference Library compiles this weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. Professional librarians review and select articles from more than 300 periodicals, including public policy journals, specialized industry periodicals, news magazines, and state agency publications. Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles using our online form.

Current Articles & Research Resources, May 30

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

  • Take advantage of Free Fishing Day in Texas. (Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, May 24, 2019)
  • Learn about the different types of public lands in America. (Outside, May 22, 2019)
  • Find sun protection tips to help lower the risk of skin cancer. (The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, May 9, 2019)
  • Prevent vehicular heatstroke in children. (National Safety Council, ©2019)
  • Consider pet safety during car travel. (American Veterinary Medical Association, ©2019)

Members of the Texas legislative community may request the articles below here or by calling 512-463-1252.

  • "Autocorrect." By Jonathan Rauch. Atlantic Monthly, June 2019, pp. 11-14.
    Highlights a project from Duke University's Reporters Lab that demonstrates the possibility of successful real-time, automated fact checking of political speeches and statements.
  • "Wall-to-wall turmoil." By Camila DeChalus. CQ Weekly, May 6, 2019, pp. 14-29.
    Provides a report card on President Donald Trump's efforts to address immigration issues. Includes a policy-by-policy examination of how the administration has fared on the immigration agenda.
  • "Policing and technology: Files, not faces." Economist, May 25th-31st, 2019, pp. 27-28.
    Comments on the growing public skepticism over the deployment of new technologies used by law enforcement officers, noting critics' concerns about the threats to privacy and civil liberties. Mentions San Francisco's ban on the use of facial-recognition systems.
  • "Emergency management in Texas: How the state prepares for the worst." By Spencer Grubbs. Fiscal Notes, May 2019, pp. 1, 3-6.
    Explains the structure of emergency management response to natural disasters in Texas, including the Texas Division of Emergency Management [TDEM], Texas Emergency Management Council, the 24 Texas disaster districts, the State Operations Center, and the Comptroller's Statewide Procurement Division. Notes the legislative history of emergency management in the Texas Civil Protection Act of 1951 (HB784, 52nd Legislature) and the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 (HB2032, 64th Legislature).
  • "'Future-proofing' Texas against natural disaster: The state plans for the next storm." By Peggy Fikac. Fiscal Notes, May 2019, pp. 7-10.
    Provides an overview of the historic flooding and economic impact of Hurricane Harvey. Discusses the storm resiliency recommendations in Eye of the Storm, the November 2018 report of the Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas, and hurricane-related legislation in the 86th Legislature.
  • "Current proposals for Texas' investment in English learners still not enough." By Morgan Craven. IDRA Newsletter (Intercultural Development Research Association), April 2019, pp. 1-2, 6.
    Considers funding for English learner students in HB3, 86th Legislature. Applauds the additional weight given to non-English learners but points out that most students are not in dual language programs and therefore would not qualify for the increased funding.
  • "The case for free trade." By Scott Lincicome. National Review, May 20, 2019, pp. 26-28.
    Advocates for free trade, explaining trade and globalization have provided economic benefits to the American economy and national security.
  • "The economic forecast for Texas cities." By M. Ray Perryman. Perryman Report and Texas Letter, Vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 1-3, 6.
    Highlights the short-term economic forecast for the state's largest metropolitan statistical areas [MSAs] during the 2018-2023 period.
  • "Economic implications for the United States of a North America without NAFTA or USMCA." By Christine McDaniel. Policy Brief (Mercatus Center, George Mason University), May 21, 2019, pp. 1-11.
    Examines key economic implications for the United States in the absence of a North American trade agreement in the areas of market access for trade in goods, intellectual property rights, digital trade, e-commerce, and labor standards.
  • "Texas border economy." By James P. Gaines, et al. Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, May 22, 2019, pp. 1-20.
    Presents a monthly view of the Texas–Mexico border economy, as well as economic indicators in border housing markets. Includes statistics on total resident population, construction values, employment and unemployment, imports and exports, housing sales, home inventory, home median prices, and housing affordability.
  • "Meet the teens who want to get vaccinated against their parents' wishes." By Jillian Keenan. Reason, June 2019, pp. 36-38.
    Considers the question of when teenagers should have the right to make medical decisions for themselves, particularly related to vaccinations. Highlights laws in various states dealing with a variety of medical decisions by teenagers and when parental notification or consent is required.
  • "Neighbors suing over pig farms spur 'right-to-farm' push." By April Simpson. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), May 22, 2019, pp. 1-6.
    Highlights right-to-farm bills that legislatures in at least nine states have considered or enacted this year. Notes critics' concerns that new laws infringe on landowners' property rights, removing their ability to file legitimate nuisance claims.

 

The Legislative Reference Library compiles this weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. Professional librarians review and select articles from more than 300 periodicals, including public policy journals, specialized industry periodicals, news magazines, and state agency publications. Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles using our online form.

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, May 23

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

  • Consider aspects of today's news media. (RAND Corporation Foundation, ©2019)
  • Examine how civil liability could affect how cyberbullying is addressed in the legal system. (UC Irvine Law Review, last revised May 7, 2019)
  • Read about the costs to state and local governments of accommdating asylum-seekers from Central America. (Stateline, May 17, 2019)
  • Find the latest information on drought status in Texas. (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, updated on May 10, 2019)

Members of the Texas legislative community may request the articles below here or by calling 512-463-1252.

  • "Was Texas tort reform necessary? An update on the judges' view of jury verdict accuracy." By Elizabeth M. Fraley, James Wren and Bradley J.B. Toben. Baylor Law Review, Winter 2019, pp. 168-189. (Note length)
    Examines the necessity of tort reform through a survey of state court trial judges. Finds surveyed judges believe jury verdicts on compensatory damages are more likely to be disproportionately low, civil lawsuits are rarely frivolous, and additional legislation limiting exemplary damages is not needed.
  • "Do they make too much?" By Phil Taylor. Christian Science Monitor, May 13, 2019, pp. 23-28.
    Considers the explosion in sports salaries. Examines the history of professional athlete salaries and their meaning in terms of economics and the social value of athletes.
  • "At Texas State, free-speech conflict proves needless." By Katherine Mangan. Chronicle of Higher Education, April 26, 2019, p. A30.
    Explains a recent vote to ban a conservative student organization by Texas State University student government was mischaracterized as an official action by the university. Discusses the connection of this event to SB18, 86th Legislature.
  • "Where Democratic candidates stand on free college." By Terry Nguyen. Chronicle of Higher Education, May 10, 2019, p. A28.
    Summarizes the views on free college of Democratic candidates seeking the presidential nomination. Includes quotes from each candidate expressing their stance.
  • "Abortion laws: Alabama shakes." Economist, May 18th-24th, 2019, pp. 20-21.
    Considers the likelihood that conservative states' passage of "heartbeat" bills banning abortion will lead to a legal case that can be used to overturn Roe v. Wade.
  • "Retired teacheers struggle to get by." By Madeline Will. Education Week, May 1, 2019, pp. 1, 13.
    Reports retired teachers have reached their breaking point due to stagnant wages and increased health insurance deductibles and premiums. Discusses lawmakers' efforts to remedy the financial hardships of retirees in Oklahoma, Indiana, and Texas.
  • "Confronting the burden of fines and fees on fine-only offenses of Texas: Recent reforms and next steps." By Haley Holik and Marc Levin. Internet Resource, April 30, 2019, pp. 21-22.
    Analyzes policies and legislation, SB1913 and HB351, 85th Legislature, related to the imposition and collection of fines and court costs for fine-only offenses. Provides recommendations for improving the current law and increasing the use of alternatives to incarceration for individuals who are unable to afford fines and fees.
  • "Tangled up in side effects: Why work requirements for health care is bad medicine for everyone." By Simon F. Haeder. Milken Institute Review, Second Quarter 2019, pp. 53-58, 60-61.
    Criticizes the policy development of Medicaid work requirements and discusses the experiences of Kentucky and Arkansas in implementing work requirements.
  • "The drug war's hidden foster care crisis." By C.J. Ciaramella. Reason, June 2019, p. 10.
    Discusses the correlation between increases in children placed in foster care and the rise in opioid addiction.
  • "Family welfare caps lose favor in more states." By Teresa Wiltz. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), May 3, 2019, pp. 1-5.
    Comments on recent state legislative efforts to repeal family welfare caps which deny welfare benefits to families that have additional children while on public assistance. Points out the connection between family cap rules and poverty.
  • "'Public education isn't somebody else's issue.'" By Robert White. Texas Lone Star (Texas Association of School Boards), May 2019, pp. 8-13.
    Chronicles the Texas Tribune's recent symposium on the future of public education in Texas. Discusses public education and the workforce, school accountability, and efforts by the 86th Legislature to address the needs of public schools. Quotes Senator Royce West and Representative Diego Bernal.
  • "A leap of faith: Questioning the Constitutionality of Texas's legislative prayer practice." By Amanda Voeller. Texas Tech Law Review, Winter 2019, pp. 305-332. (Note length)
    Summarizes the tests courts use to evaluate violations of the Establishment Clause and the existing case law related to legislative prayer. Evaluates whether the Texas Legislature's prayer practice would withstand a court's test of the Establishment Clause.

 

The Legislative Reference Library compiles this weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. Professional librarians review and select articles from more than 300 periodicals, including public policy journals, specialized industry periodicals, news magazines, and state agency publications. Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles using our online form.

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, May 16

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

  • Read about opting out of face recognition at airports. (Electronic Frontier Foundation, April 24, 2019)
  • Consider what some states are doing to help mental health professionals maintain a license. (National Conference of State Legislatures, May 2019)
  • Explore an interactive online experience related to D-Day. (Library of Congress, May 10, 2019)
  • Examine statistics related to the birth rate in the United States. (National Vital Statistics System, May 2019)

Members of the Texas legislative community may request the articles below here or by calling 512-463-1252.

  • "Selling a home may soon require more disclosures." By Kimberly Reeves. Austin Business Journal, May 10, 2019, p. A12.
    Highlights SB339, 86th Legislature, which proposes new disclosure rules when selling a home, such as more information about flooding risks. Includes comment by Senator Joan Huffman.
  • "Micro-brew, macro-fees: Texas law favors beer distributors while curbing growth and investment in the nation's third largest craft beer market." By Daniel P. Pellegrin, Jr. Baylor Law Review, Winter 2019, pp. 190-212. (Note length)
    Surveys the history of the three tier system within the alcohol industry and Texas laws and regulations specifically related to the manufacture and distribution of beer. Discusses how the growth of the craft beer market has changed the industry and how recent legislation, including SB518, 83rd Regular Session, is affecting growth.
  • "Arriving at the Supreme Court: Census controversy." By Henry Gass. Christian Science Monitor, April 22 & 29, 2019, p. 15.
    Presents a question and answer discussion of Department of Commerce, et al. v. New York, et al., the case currently before the United States Supreme Court dealing with including a citizenship question on the census.
  • "Everyone agrees the U.S. needs to fix the border. But how?" By Henry Gass. Christian Science Monitor, May 6, 2019, pp. 8-9.
    Discusses the areas of immigration law the Trump administration is seeking to change. Explores other ideas for improving the border and immigration situation such as viewing the border as an ecosystem affected by a number of variables and improving the dysfunctional immigration court system.
  • "'It's an aristocracy': What the admissions-bribery scandal has exposed about class on campus." By Jack Stripling. Chronicle of Higher Education, April 26, 2019, pp. A22-A23.
    Analyzes the college admissions-bribery scandal in terms of the codependent relationship between top-tier colleges and the "power elite" who provide endowments, buildings, and pay full tuition for their children. Presents a sidebar displaying students from the bottom 40 percent in income level, and those at the top 20 percent and top 10 percent income levels at eight universities, including the University of Texas at Austin.
  • "Education Dept. deal ends a medical school's use of race in admissions." By Nell Gluckman. Chronicle of Higher Education, April 26, 2019, p. A35.
    Highlights a recent agreement between the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the United States Department of Education that prohibits the school from considering race when making admissions decisions.
  • "Presidential power: The chief-executive branch."  Economist, May 11th-17th, 2019, pp. 21-22.
    Discusses how President Trump's refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas is reshaping the relationship between Congress and the presidency and how Congress exercises its oversight powers to check the executive branch.
  • "Graduate education: Is it worth it?" By Gustavo A. Mellander. Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, April/May 2019, pp. 6-7.
    Points out the fastest growing jobs through 2036: health care, computers, and clean energy professionals. Suggests graduate education will be necessary for the best jobs.
  • "Resisting the allure of gross receipt taxes: An assessment of their costs and consequences." By Garrett Watson. Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives May 2019, pp. 6-17, 48.
    Discusses the history of gross receipts taxes and their negative economic effects. Discusses the Texas Margin Tax.
  • "Prisoners of profit: Prisons are at the center of a privatization bonanza — and private equity companies are playing an outsize role." By Tim Requarth. Nation, May 13, 2019, pp. 12-19, 25.
    Details the expansion of privatized services in publicly-operated jails and prisons in the United States, including prison phone calls, inmate transportation, medical and mental health care, and commissary and food services. Mentions a Texas lawsuit on medical treatment and exploding prison populations (Estelle v. Gamble) and notes the highest cost of a 15-minute phone call from a local jail in Texas is $17.25.
  • "Wanted: Digital whizzes to work in agriculture." By April Simpson. Stateline (Pew Charitable Trusts), May 9, 2019, pp. 1-6.
    Discusses the future of agricultural education. Points out too few college graduates have the technical precision agriculture skills that agribusiness employers need.
  • "The new Texans." By Luis B. Torres and Wesley Miller. Tierra Grande, April 2019, pp. 6-8.
    Discusses the makeup of foreign-born residents in Texas. Examines how this group is changing along with the skills of its workforce.

 

The Legislative Reference Library compiles this weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. Professional librarians review and select articles from more than 300 periodicals, including public policy journals, specialized industry periodicals, news magazines, and state agency publications. Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles using our online form.

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, May 9

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

  • See how different types of natural disasters affect different parts of the country. (The Washington Post, April 25, 2019)
  • Find free online courses in law and legal topics. (Inner Temple Library, April 2019)
  • Examine statistics about pregnancy-related deaths. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2019)
  • Explore aspects of voter turnout for the 2018 midterm elections. (Pew Research Center, May 1, 2019)

Members of the Texas legislative community may request the articles below here or by calling 512-463-1252.

  • "Facecourt?" By Mark F. Walsh. ABA Journal: The Lawyer's Magazine, May 2019, pp. 52-57.
    Discusses Facebook's plans to create a judicial-like body to address controversial speech. Examines how this oversight board will function and how board members will be chosen.
  • "The next George Bush." By Elaine Plott. Atlantic Monthly, May 2019, pp. 22-25.
    Profiles George P. Bush, Texas Land Commissioner, and discusses his role in the future of Republican politics.
  • "Craft breweries closer to winning on to-go sales." By Kimberly Reeves. Austin Business Journal, May 3, 2019, p. 15.
    Discusses proposed legislation that would permit statewide sales of craft beer to go. Includes comments by Representative Eddie Rodriguez and mentions Representative Chris Paddie.
  • "Will Muny be saved?" By Daniel Salazar. Austin Business Journal, May 3, 2019, pp. 4-7.
    Reports on efforts to protect Austin's historic Lions Municipal Golf Course from development. Mentions Senator Kirk Watson and SB2553, 86th Legislature, relating to the creation of the Save Historic Muny District.
  • "The US southern border, in numbers." By Henry Gass. Christian Science Monitor, April 15, 2019, pp. A8-A10, A12, A14.
    Profiles Amarillo College's No Excuses Poverty Initiative which partners with the community to offer a wide array of support to students. Explains this program recognizes that poverty and not academic demands can pose the biggest barrier to student success in community colleges.
  • "Parsing prayer policies." By Liz Hayes. Church & State, May 2019, pp. 4-6.
    Reports on governmental entities' struggles to comply with the 2014 United States Supreme Court decision, Town of Greece v. Galloway, which set new standards on government-sponsored invocations.
  • "Funding water infrastructure: How Texas pays for water."  By Spencer Grubbs and Shannon Halbrook. Fiscal Notes, April 2019, pp. 7-10.
    Reviews water infrastructure financing procedures and notable projects of the State Water Implementation Fund of Texas (SWIFT), passed in 2013 as a result of devastating droughts (SJR1 and HB4, 83rd Legislature, R.S.).
  • "How childhood has changed for tweens." By Phyllis L. Fagell. Phi Delta Kappan, April 2019, pp. 8-12.
    Considers three ways in which childhood is different for 21st century adolescents. Discusses the effects of an increased use of technology, mental health challenges, and an awareness of identity issues.
  • "Can rooftop solar survive declining subsidies?: A case study in Louisiana." By Greg Upton. Public Utilities Fortnightly April 2019, pp. 52-54.
    Summarizes a recent white paper from Louisiana State University's Center for Energy Studies. Provides a case study of recent policy changes in Louisiana regarding subsidies for solar energy installations. (Related document at: http://lpscstar.louisiana.gov/star/portal/lpsc/PSC/DocketDetails.aspx?DocketId=822f39ca-66c5-4b39-a5bd-e5c5b76dbcc1).
  • "Solar, a strategy for decarbonizing the grid and increasing resilience: For your consideration." By Joe Song and Sachu Constantine. Public Utilities Fortnightly, April 2019, pp. 48-51.
    Explores how solar energy systems can help improve the electric grid. Points out the performance of commercial solar in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
  • "When gun control is censorship." By Zach Weissmueller. Reason, May 2019, p. 42-29.
    Interviews Paloma Heindorff, the recently installed chief of Defense Distributed, the Austin-based company that gained notoriety by making a usable plastic handgun with a 3D printer. Presents her views on the company's ongoing legal battles dealing with digital gun-making.
  • "Warning signs." By Christopher Collins. Texas Observer, May/June 2019, pp. 12-19.
    Investigates the high rate of suicide in rural Texas and the barriers to mental health care that are worsening the crisis.
  • "Contrasting costs." By Ali Anari. Tierra Grande, April 2019, pp. 2-5.
    Investigates the high rate of suicide in rural Texas and the barriers to mental health care that are worsening the crisis.
  • "Public spending on infants and toddlers in six charts: A kids' share brief." By Julia B. Isaacs, et al. Urban Institute Brief, May 6, 2019, pp. 1-11.
    Summarizes federal and state spending on infants and toddlers through programs and tax reductions. Finds lower levels of state and local spending on this age group.

 

The Legislative Reference Library compiles this weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. Professional librarians review and select articles from more than 300 periodicals, including public policy journals, specialized industry periodicals, news magazines, and state agency publications. Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles using our online form.

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, May 2

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

  • Examine guidance related to addressing natural disaster debris . (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, April 2019)
  • Review figures related to the cost of war to the U.S. since 9/11. (Congressional Research Service, April 18, 2019)
  • Check by VIN whether a vehicle is under a recall. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, accessed May 1, 2019)
  • Read a recent report of the Texas Women's Health Program. (Texas Health and Human Services Commission, May 2019)

Members of the Texas legislative community may request the articles below here or by calling 512-463-1252.

  • "It's time for states to invest in infrastructure (2019)." By Elizabeth C. McNichol. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Updated March 19, 2019, pp. 1-22. (Note length)
    Discusses the critical need for state investments in public infrastructure, including transportation, roads, bridges, airports, public buildings, and water and sewer treatment systems, and the economic, business, and environmental benefits of infrastructure improvement. Includes a 50-state table of state and local capital spending by state since 2000 as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), with Texas at 2.14 percent for 2016.
  • "Former student aid." By Jacob Fischler. CQ Weekly, April 1, 2019, pp. 27-29.
    Addresses oversight of the student loan industry at the state level. Discusses states' legislative efforts to require student loan servicers to be licensed by state-level agencies.
  • "The future of cars: Charging ahead." Economist, April 20th-26th, 2019, pp. 57-59.
    Presents an optimistic forecast for increased production and sales of electric vehicles, noting major car companies are rethinking their established business models.
  • "Minimum wages: Floored."  Economist, April 27th-May 3rd, 2019, pp. 21, 24.
    Reports state and local governments are causing the federal pay floor to be left behind, making the federal minimum wage irrelevant.
  • "States' progress uneven in K-12 funding battles." By Daarel Burnette II. Education Week, April 17, 2019, pp. 14, 16.
    Provides a snapshot of current legislative efforts by states, including Texas, to overhaul their antiquated and often inequitable systems of funding K-12 schools.
  • "Texas water: Planning for more." By Spencer Grubbs, et al. Fiscal Notes, April 2019, pp. 1, 3-6.
    Analyzes trends in Texas water supply and demand, surface water infrastructure, and the continuing challenge presented by droughts.
  • "Amending the Peeler doctrine: How to provide convicted plaintiffs an equitable opportunity to pursue legal malpractice claims."  By Nicholas Van Cleve. Houston Law Review, 2019, pp. 927-963. (Note length)
    Examines the inability of convicted plaintiffs to sue for legal malpractice and the evolution of the Peeler doctrine since the 1995 Texas Supreme Court ruling. Compares the doctrine to rules in other states and suggests alternatives to the present system in Texas.
  • "CARB [California Air Resources Board] calls for improved monitoring around refineries, communities." By Nick Snow. Oil and Gas Journal, April 1, 2019, pp. 29-30.
    Reports on California's efforts to monitor air quality around refineries. Notes that these efforts resulted from a fire that raised concerns regarding emergency preparedness. References recommendations from a recent report.
  • "Recession graduates: The long-lasting effects of an unlucky draw." By Hannes Schwandt. Policy Brief (Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research), April 18, 2019, pp. 1-4.
    Examines the effects of temporary economic fluctuations on socioeconomic status, health, and mortality.
  • "Environmental responsibility: The cornerstone of public power." By Betsy Loeff. Public Power, March/April 2019, pp. 38-42.
    Looks at the different ways three public power utilities have implemented sustainable initiatives. Refers to the United States Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule.
  • "It's time to update public financing of public infrastructure." By John Godfrey. Public Power, March/April 2019, p. 45.
    Argues that Congress should modernize bonds as a way to update public infrastructure financing.
  • "The flood next time." By Gus Bova. Texas Observer, May/June 2019, pp. 20-25.
    Discusses flooding risks of the proposed border wall for the Rio Grande floodplain to Texas counties and Mexico. Argues a lack of transparency has prevented input from local officials on any detailed plans for the border wall and has increased the probability of devastating flooding in their communities.

 

The Legislative Reference Library compiles this weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. Professional librarians review and select articles from more than 300 periodicals, including public policy journals, specialized industry periodicals, news magazines, and state agency publications. Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles using our online form.

 

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