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Interim Hearings – Week of November 12

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.

 

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November 13

House Committee on Human Services

Charge 4

Charge: Current reimbursement methodology and rates in the foster care system

Charge: Prevalence of mental illness diagnoses on children in the foster care system

Charge: Abuse and neglect in nursing facilities; existing state and federal laws and regulations, including employee criminal background checks 

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November 14

Commission decisions:

 

Staff presentation and public testimony:

 

Interim Hearings – Week of October 29

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.

 

For recent posts on Interim Hearings, see Interim Hearing Resources on the LRL homepage. The "Recent Entries" list on the left provides quick access to interim hearings posts from previous weeks.

 

October 30

Topic: The State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) Advisory Committee advises the Texas Water Development Board on the administration of SWIFT funds. This committee will review the overall operation, function, and structure of the fund at least semi-annually and advises the board on any water related matter.

Interim Hearings – Week of October 22

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.

 

For recent posts on Interim Hearings, see Interim Hearing Resources on the LRL homepage. The "Recent Entries" list on the left provides quick access to interim hearings posts from previous weeks.

 

 

October 22

House Committee on International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs (Jasper) CANCELED

Charge: State's communications with the federal government in response to Hurricane Harvey

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

 

 

October 23

House Committee on Human Services

Charge: Monitor agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature; implementation of HB 4HB 5HB 7, and SB 11, 85th Legislature, R.S.

 

 

October 25

House Committee on General Investigating & Ethics

Charge 10: Monitor agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and implementation of legislation: Oversight of the Texas Health & Human Services Commission

 

Charge 1: Local and state occupational licensing and regulations

Charge 2: Technology-based alcohol and industry services

Charge 3: Monitor the statutory changes enacted through SB 2065, 85th Legislature, R.S., the Committee's omnibus deregulation omnibus bill. In particular, monitor the effectiveness and efficiency of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation's (TDLR) role in regulating the applicable occupations and activities including but not limited to Vehicle Protection Product businesses, Temporary Common Worker Employers, For-Profit Legal Service Contract Companies, Barbering and Cosmetology, and Vehicle Booting and Towing Operators. Review TDLR's current strategic planning efforts and the potential recommendations for occupations and activities which may undergo regulation changes in the future.

Interim Hearings – Week of October 15

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.

 

For recent posts on Interim Hearings, see Interim Hearing Resources on the LRL homepage. The "Recent Entries" list on the left provides quick access to interim hearings posts from previous weeks.

October 16

House Committee on Natural Resources (Waco)

Charge 4: Water markets in Texas  

Charge 5: Information and awareness campaign regarding water issues in Texas

Charge 7: Water Availability Models for river basins in this state 

Charge 10: Monitor agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature

 

 

October 17

House Committee on County Affairs (Houston)

Charge 1: Emergency response activities, impact of natural disasters on county finances

Charge 2: County ordinance-making and enforcement authority to deal with flood risk in unincorporated rural and suburban areas

Charge 3: Defendants' and inmates' behavioral health needs, mental health services upon release from the criminal justice system

Charge 5: Monitor agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature: indigent defense

Interim Hearings – Week of October 8

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.

 

For recent posts on Interim Hearings, see Interim Hearing Resources on the LRL homepage. The "Recent Entries" list on the left provides quick access to interim hearings posts from previous weeks.

 

October 9

House Committee on Appropriations  

Charge: Availability of federal funding and Governor's Criminal Justice grants that may directly or indirectly improve school safety; potential costs of proposals identified by the Governor and House Committees related to improving access to mental health services for children, improved school safety, and enhanced firearm safety

Topic: Special Education Strategic Plan

 

October 10

House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock

Charge: Central filing system for filing financing statements that cover farm products being sold and purchased in this state that are subject to an agricultural lien

 

October 12

House Committee on Pensions (Houston) 

Charge: Legislative oversight – state's oversight of pension systems and implementation of relevant legislation passed during the 85th Legislature

Charge: Funding soundness – ways to strengthen and improve Texas public pension systems; including effectiveness of corrective mechanisms, such as the Funding Soundness Restoration Plan and Pension Review Board Funding Guidelines

Charge: State retirement systems – governance structures of the Employees Retirement System, Texas Municipal Retirement System, Texas County and District Retirement System, and Texas Emergency Services Retirement System; including best practices and recommendations to strengthen oversight within the systems

Interim Hearings – Week of October 1

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.

 

For recent posts on Interim Hearings, see Interim Hearing Resources on the LRL homepage. The "Recent Entries" list on the left provides quick access to interim hearings posts from previous weeks.

October 2

House Committee on Land & Resource Management (Dallas) 

Charge: Texas' eminent domain statutes and balance between infrastructure growth and fair compensation for landowners

Charge: State Power Program operated by the GLO

 

October 3

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

Charge: Texas' eminent domain statutes and balance between infrastructure growth and fair compensation for landowners

 

Charge: State Power Program operated by the GLO

 

 

Topic: Monitoring and prescribing of controlled substances in this state

Interim Hearings – Week of September 24

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.

 

For recent posts on Interim Hearings, see Interim Hearing Resources on the LRL homepage. The "Recent Entries" list on the left provides quick access to interim hearings posts from previous weeks.

September 25

House Committee on County Affairs

Charge 3: Defendants' and inmates' behavioral health needs, mental health services upon release from the criminal justice system  

Charge 4: Population limitations found in Local Government Code Section 154.041 and Local Government Code Section 113.047, whether counties with population below 190,000 could benefit from population limitations being removed  

 

Charge 5: Monitor agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature: indigent defense and family drug treatment courts 

 

September 26

House Committee on County Affairs

Charge 3: Defendants' and inmates' behavioral health needs, mental health services upon release from the criminal justice system [see September 25 hearing]

 

Charge 5: Monitor agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature: behavioral health intervention on the school setting and Sandra Bland Act implementation

 

House Select Committee on Cybersecurity

Topic: State agency cybersecurity and data privacy practices, and HB 8, 85th Legislature, R.S., implementation

Topic: State of election security in Texas

Topic: Report on the Jack Voltaic 2 Cybersecurity Exercise

 

September 27

Joint Interim Committee on Disclosure of Emergency Call Information

Topic: Process, rules, handling, and processing of the disclosure of recordings and transcripts of emergency calls made by a subsequently deceased individual to a public safety agency or a public safety answering point

  • HCR 140, 85th Legislature, R. S., Requesting the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house of representatives to provide for a joint interim legislative study regarding the confidentiality of emergency calls.
  • HB 3640, 85th Legislature, R.S., Relating to the confidentiality of an emergency call.

 

House Committee on Natural Resources (Brownsville)

Charge 9: Water development opportunities involving neighboring states and Mexico; impact of noncompliance with the 1944 treaty with Mexico on the Rio Grande Valley Region  

Charge 6: Expedited decertification process created under SB 573, 82nd Legislature, R.S.; process for resolving disputes and assessing compensation for utilities whose service areas are decertified

Specific issues related to Charge 3: Status of groundwater policy in Texas: (b) Developments in case law regarding groundwater ownership and regulation, and (d) The appropriate consideration of the service area of a water supplier when groundwater resources are allocated based on surface ownership

 

September 28

Joint Interim Committee to Study State Judicial Salaries

Topics: State judicial salaries, the salaries of the highest appellate courts of the nine most populous states other than Texas, the salaries of judges on the United States Courts of Appeals, and the average starting base salaries of first-year associate attorneys at the five largest law firms in Texas

 

Interim Hearings – Week of September 17

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.

 

For recent posts on Interim Hearings, see Interim Hearing Resources on the LRL homepage. The "Recent Entries" list on the left provides quick access to interim hearings posts from previous weeks.

September 19

House Committee on Higher Education (Kingsville)

Charge: Dual credit course offerings

Charge: Financial losses to 2- and 4-year institutions, including facilities, from Hurricane Harvey

Charge: Title IX and sexual misconduct policies at institutions of higher education

 

September 20

Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform

Charge: Voter engagement in local government decisions around budgets and property tax rates through digital media and social media 

Charge: Property tax data and collection methods 

Charge: Effective tax rate and rollback tax rate calculations; appraisal review boards (ARBs) 

 

Interim Hearings – Week of September 10

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.

 

For recent posts on Interim Hearings, see Interim Hearing Resources on the LRL homepage. The "Recent Entries" list on the left provides quick access to interim hearings posts from previous weeks.

September 10

Senate Committee on State Affairs

Charge: Structure of court fees; oversight of fee collection

Charge: Attorney General's efforts related to price-gouging

Charge: Looting crimes during a disaster

 

September 11

Senate Committee on Finance

Charge: Implementation of funding initiative, Health Care Costs Across State Agencies - coordination efforts among state agencies to improve health care and reduce costs pursuant to General Appropriations Act, Article IX, Section 10.06 and Section 10.07

 

Charge: Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery funds

Charge: Long-term impact of Hurricane Harvey on the Texas economy and the gulf coast region

 

September 12

Senate Committee on Criminal Justice

Charge: Identify successful re-entry programs

Charge: State jail review to improve outcomes

Charge: Telemedicine in correctional facilities

Charge: Human trafficking awareness and prevention

Charge: Monitoring

  • SB 12, 85th Legislature, R.S., Relating to the creation of a grant program to assist law enforcement agencies with the purchase of bulletproof vests and body armor;
  • SB 30, 85th Legislature, R.S., Relating to the inclusion of instruction regarding interaction with peace officers in the required curriculum for certain public school students and in driver education courses and to civilian interaction training for peace officers; and
  • SB 1326, 85th Legislature, R.S., Relating to procedures regarding criminal defendants who are or may be persons with a mental illness or an intellectual disability and to certain duties of the Office of Court Administration of the Texas Judicial System related to persons with mental illness

 

Senate Committees on Education and Higher Education (Joint Hearing)

Charge: Dual credit

 

Senate Committee on Health & Human Services

Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, 85th Legislature and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation, including but not limited to:

  • Initiatives to increase capacity and reduce waitlists in the mental health system, including the construction of state hospitals and new community grant programs;
  • Initiatives to better understand the causes of maternal mortality and morbidity, including the impact of legislation passed during the first special session of the 85th Legislature. Recommend ways to improve health outcomes for pregnant women and methods to better collect data related to maternal mortality and morbidity;
  • Initiatives intended to improve child safety, Child Protective Services workforce retention, and development of additional capacity in the foster care system. Make additional recommendations to ensure children with high levels of medical or mental health needs receive timely access to services in the least restrictive setting;
  • Efforts to transfer case management of foster children and families to Single Source Continuum Contractors (SSCCs). Monitor the progress of this transition and make recommendations to ensure the process provides continuity of services for children and families and ongoing community engagement;
  • Initiatives to strengthen oversight of long-term care facilities to ensure safety and improve quality for residents and clients of these entities; and
  • Abortion complications and other reporting legislation that was passed by the 85th Legislature.

Topic: Rural hospitals

 

 

Joint Legislative Committee on Health & Human Services Transition

 

House Committees on Public Health and Urban Affairs (Joint Hearing)   

Charge: Housing instability, homelessness, and mental illness

 

September 13

House Committee on Natural Resources (Del Rio)

Specific issue related to Charge 3: Status of groundwater policy in Texas, g. emerging issues in groundwater and surface water interaction, in particular in areas of increasing competition for scarce resources

Charge 8: Hazards presented by abandoned and deteriorated groundwater wells

 

House Committee on Public Health   

Charge: Women's health services, Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force, pre-term and low birth weight births and use of alcohol and tobacco

Charge: Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature, specifically, implementation of HB 10HB 13, and SB 292, 85th Legislature, R.S.

 

Topic: Implementation update regarding HB 337, 85th Legislature, R.S.

 

 

Interim Hearings – Week of September 3

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.

 

For recent posts on Interim Hearings, see Interim Hearing Resources on the LRL homepage. The "Recent Entries" list on the left provides quick access to interim hearings posts from previous weeks.

 

 

September 5

Charge: Sustainability of TRS-Care, funding retired teacher health care in Texas; implementation of HB 3976, 85th Legislature, R.S., and HB 30, 85th Legislature, 1st C.S.

Charge: Appropriations made to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for the E-rate Classroom Connectivity project; high-speed broadband and infrastructure in schools

 

Senate Committee on Higher Education

Charge: Improving transferability

 

Charge: Environmental safety during emergencies

Charge: Waste disposal regulation, permitting, disposal fees

Charge: Monitoring:

 

September 6

Topic: Recommendations relevant to costs, fees, and any other matters the committee determines are relevant to the compact facility and its oversight

 

House Committee on State Affairs

Charge 6: Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature, including SB 11, 85th Legislature, 1st C.S., 2017

 

House Committee on Urban Affairs (Brownsville)

Charge: Affordable housing in urban and rural areas

Charge: Migrant labor housing facilities

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