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Electric Power Outages and Extreme Weather Events, Legislative Committee Hearings, February 25 and March 4

Today's Committee Meetings on the LRL website is a calendar of legislative committee hearings with links to agendas. Below are resources related to upcoming hearings.

 

February 25
House Committees on Energy Resources and State Affairs (Joint Hearing)
The Committees on State Affairs and Energy Resources will hold a joint public hearing to consider the factors that led to statewide electrical blackouts during the recent unprecedented weather event; the response by industry, suppliers, and grid operators; and changes necessary to avoid future power interruptions.

The committee will hear invited testimony only on:
- Statewide electrical blackouts-contributing factors and response

 

Senate Committee on Business & Commerce
Purpose: The purpose of this hearing is to examine extreme weather condition preparedness and circumstances that led to the power outages as directed by Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The committee will also review generator preparedness and performance, utility outage practices, natural gas supply, and the reliability of renewable generation, as well as overall ERCOT system resilience.

 

March 4
Senate Committee on Jurisprudence   CANCELED
Purpose: The purpose of this hearing is to examine the legal responsibilities that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) owe to the people of Texas. The committee will review the legal framework for governance and oversight of these two entities, their relationship to one another under the law, potential legal liabilities, and the legal limits on increases to consumer electricity rates during an emergency.

The committee will also examine price gouging under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act and receive an update from the judiciary on how the judicial system is managing its operations during the ongoing statewide emergency.

 

Reports:

Articles:

Legislative Reports
Search interim committee studies on various topics. Search by charge keyword or by the following subjects:

  • Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
  • Electricity transmission and distribution
  • Electricity supplies
  • Natural gas
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • Railroad Commission of Texas

Legislative Archive System
Search past legislation across sessions by subject from 1939-2019 in the Advanced Search:

  • General Subject Index:
    • Business & Commerce--Trade Practices
    • Disaster Preparedness & Relief
    • Energy--Alternative Fuels
    • Energy--Conservation
    • Energy--Fuel Storage
    • Energy--General
    • Oil & Gas
    • Utilities--Electric
    • Utilities--Natural Gas
  • Governmental Agencies:
    • ELECTRIC RELIABILITY COUNCIL OF TEXAS  (for bills from the 76th Legislature)
    • ELECTRIC RELIABILITY COUNCIL OF TEXAS (ERCOT)  (for bills from the 79th-86th Legislatures)
    • PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION
    • RAILROAD COMMISSION

 

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Current Articles & Research Resources, February 18

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

  • Locate the nearest warming center in your area. (Texas Department of Emergency Management, accessed February 17, 2021)
  • Consider the long-term effects on the food supply chain in Texas from unprecedented winter storms. (Texas Department of Agriculture, February 16, 2021)
  • Find information about the end of the driver's license expiration waiver. (Texas Department of Public Safety, February 12, 2021)
  • Review winter storm resources and outages. (Public Utility Commission of Texas, ©2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Current Articles & Research Resources, February 11

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

  • Be prepared for wintry weather. (Consumer Reports, September 4, 2020)
  • Consider the Federal Aviation Administration's authority to require face masks on commercial flights. (Congressional Research Service, February 8, 2021)
  • Read about how hospital price transparency could affect medical debt litigation. (Health Affairs blog, February 11, 2021)
  • Explore states' policies related to barriers to employment after criminal conviction. (Council of State Governments, ©2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Current Articles & Research Resources, February 4

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

  • Explore state policies and actions related to natural disasters of 2019 and 2020. (National Conference of State Legislatures, January 19, 2021)
  • Review sherrifs' and constables' fees by county in Texas. (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, accessed February 2, 2021)
  • Track information related to COVID-19 vaccine administration and distribution at state, national, and global levels. (Bloomberg, accessed February 3, 2021)
  • See which notable works from 1925 enter the public domain in the United States. (Library of Congress, January 29, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Current Articles & Research Resources, January 28

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

  • See which states' populations grew or declined based on new census estimates. (Stateline, January 21, 2021)
  • Review issues Congress may be considering related to content and misinformation on social media platforms. (Congressional Research Service, January 27, 2021)
  • Consider state approaches related to telework for people with disabilities. (Council of State Governments, 2020)
  • Explore the newly updated drought.gov. (National Integrated Drought Information System, January 12, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, January 21

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

  • Consider whether Americans think another round of economic stimulus will be necessary in the coming months. (Pew Research Center, January 19, 2021)
  • Explore the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's 2021 calendar of events. (Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, accessed January 20, 2021)
  • Review advisory bulletins related to COVID-19 from the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner. (Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner, updated January 15, 2021)
  • Find locations of vaccine hubs in Texas by county. (Texas Department of State Health Services, updated January 20, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Current Articles & Research Resources, January 14

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

  • Consider apprenticeships as a pathway to working in a licensed occupation. (National Conference of State Legislature, January 2021)
  • Review recent crash statistics related to highway traffic. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, accessed January 14, 2021)
  • Read about approaching environmental issues from a foreign policy perspective. (The Heritage Foundation, January 11, 2021)
  • See which counties in Texas are under burn bans. (Texas A&M Forest Service, updated daily)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Current Articles & Research Resources, January 7

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

  • Track COVID-19 vaccinations in Texas. (Texas Department of State Health Services, accessed January 6, 2021)
  • Expect the release of the Biennial Revenue Estimate on Monday, January 11. (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Accessed January 5, 2020)
  • See where the United States ranks in the most recent Human Freedom Index. (Cato Institute / Fraser Institute, ©2020)
  • Explore state-by-state data about sales tax collections. (U.S. Census Bureau, January 5, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, December 17

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

  • Review a variety of statistics related to COVID-19. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, updated December 15, 2020)
  • Explore research guides on hundreds of topics. (Library of Congress, accessed December 16, 2020)
  • Read about the role of small banks in securing Paycheck Protection Program loans for businesses. (Stateline, December 15, 2020)
  • Consider the legal aspects of altering the size of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Congressional Research Service, December 14, 2020)

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, December 10

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

  • Explore occupational licensing policies by state. (National Conference of State Legislatures, December 4, 2020)
  • Get tips for driving safely during the winter months. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, accessed December 10, 2020)
  • Read about health care workers' concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccines. (Stateline, December 8, 2020)
  • Review the timeline for the 2020 redistricting process. (Texas Legislative Council, accessed December 10, 2020)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

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