LRL Home - Points of Interest
- Read about trauma care and advances in military trauma care that could be adapted to civilian trauma care. (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, June 17, 2016)
- Consider the costs of diabetes care. (Health Care Cost Institute, June 2016)
- See how more older Americans are working more than prior to the Great Recession. (Pew Research Center, June 20, 2016)
- Explore aspects of walkable urban environments. (The George Washington University School of Business, ©2016)
1. Governors Who Have Been, and Other Public Men of Texas By Norman G. Kittrell, Sr.
Provides a record of incidents and events relating to the lives of several remarkable Texans including governors, state legislators and other public figures drawn from the memories of Norman G. Kittrell, Sr., a former state legislator from Houston. Provides a look into the Texas political and judicial arenas during 1846-1921.
Texas, Dealy-Adey-Elgin Company, 1921. 301 pages.
923 K658G 1921
2. Broken But Unbowed: The Fight to Fix a Broken America By Greg Abbott
Presents the life story of Governor Greg Abbott, along with his blueprint for limiting the role of the federal government and restoring power to the states. Draws from his role as Texas attorney general and his challenging recovery from a paralyzing accident to chart a path to mend what he considers is a broken U.S. Constitution and to revive America's greatness.
Threshold Editions, 2016. 275 pages.
976.4 AB26B 2016
3. A Month of Sundays: Kent Biffle's Texana By Kent Biffle
Provides a sample of Dallas Morning News columnist Kent Biffle's Sunday columns - A Month of Sundays - outtakes from travel adventures and misadventures across the state in search of the "color and drama" of Texas' past. Organizes entries into three parts: Texas History, Texas Outlaws, and Texas Folk and Folklore. Includes an index to quickly pinpoint historical figures and events of interest to the reader.
University of North Texas Press, 1993. 261 pages.
976.4 B479M 1993
4. Heads Above Water: The Inside Story of the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program By Robert L. Gulley
Chronicles the competing water and landowner interests in the Edwards Aquifer region since the 1950's. Documents the cast of characters, attempts to resolve differences, shifting alliances, litigation relating to the Endangered Species Act, and ultimately the creation of the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) and the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program (EARIP).
Texas A&M University Press, 2015. 234 pages.
333.91 G951H 2015
5. Unruly Waters: A Social and Environmental History of the Brazos River By Kenna Lang Archer
Explores the cultural, political, and geological history of the Brazos River. Documents the broad range of projects undertaken to understand and tame the river, from Civil War era mapping and early settlement, through a series of planned improvement projects left incomplete due to a lack of funding and harsh realities of the landscape. Profiles the persistence of those who live along the Brazos, working through the river's drought/flood cycles and continually striving to develop the Brazos Basin.
University of New Mexico Press, 2015. 260 pages.
976.4 AR23U 2016
6. Rough Road to Justice: The Journey of Women Lawyers in Texas By Betty Trapp Chapman
Examines how the legal profession has been the hardest of all professions for women to break into, due to sexual discrimination that was historically rooted in the legal system. Describes the challenges and limitations women endured in 1902, the year the first woman was allowed to practice law in Texas. Highlights the courage all of these women exhibited facing men who were unwelcoming even into the 21st century. Profiles a number of pioneering women who were also among the first women to be elected into the Texas Legislature, among them Barbara Jordan, Irma Rangel, Sissy Farenthold and Kay Bailey Hutchison. Points out that despite the obstacles, women lawyers today comprise more than 31 percent of the State Bar of Texas and 48 percent of law students in the state.
State Bar of Texas, 2008. 267 pages.
340.092 C366R 2008
- Compare electricity prices in Texas in deregulated areas and areas exempt from deregulation. (Texas Coalition for Affordable Power, June 2016)
- Consider what might result if the Affordable Care Act were repealed. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, June 2016)
- Find over a thousand park maps on one site. (National Park Maps, ©2013-2016)
- Explore resources related to terrorism and mass shootings. (Congressional Research Service, June 13, 2016)
- 2017 State Water Plan: Water for Texas, Texas Water Development Board, adopted by the Board May 19, 2016
- "Private Sector Plays a Big Role In State Water Planning," Texas Tribune, March 13, 2015
- Learning from Drought: Next Generation Water Planning for Texas, Texas Center for Policy Studies, May 2014
- 2016 Approved Regional Water Plans, Texas Water Development Board
- Water Resources Planning (state water planning, regional water planning and data, population and water demand projections), Texas Water Development Board
- Bolstering Non-Traditional Student Success: A Comprehensive Student Aid System Using Financial Aid, Public Benefits, and Refundable Tax Credits, Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success at the Center for Law and Social Policy, December 2015
- Keeping College Within Reach: How Texas Can Move More Low-Income and Adult Students Through College, Center For Public Policy Priorities, April 2015
- Interim Report to the 84th Legislature, House Committee on Higher Education, January 2015
- "How Astonishingly Low College Completion Rates Are Hurting the Economy," SkilledUp For Companies, November 11, 2014
- The Changing Role of Community Colleges in Workforce Development, National Conference of State Legislatures, October 21, 2014
- "Colleges Adjust to New Reality That More Students Juggle Work, Family," PBS NewsHour, August 25, 2014
- "The New Class: Non-Traditional Students Are Changing the Market for Higher Education," The Economist Intelligence Unit Perspectives, March 25, 2014
- The Economic Payoff For Closing College-Readiness and Completion Gaps, Jobs For the Future, March 2013
- Complete College Texas: Is Texas Utilizing GAME CHANGER Strategies to Boost College Completion? Not Fully, Complete College America, Spring 2013
- Bringing Adults Back to College: Designing and Implementing a Statewide Concierge Model, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, November 2010
- Sunset in Texas: 2015-2017, Sunset Advisory Commission
- Tentative Review Schedule: 2015-2016, Sunset Advisory Commission
- River Authorities
- Texas State Board of Pharmacy
- Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners, Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners, and Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
- State Board of Dental Examiners
- State Bar of Texas and Board of Law Examiners
- Read about proposed rules relating to the payday loan industry. (The Washington Post, June 2, 2016)
- Search for rate review information about health insurance plans. (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, accessed June 8, 2016)
- See whether the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion affects individual personal finances. (Federal Reserve Bank of New York, June 6, 2016)
- Explore ways you can improve your digital privacy and security. (American Civil Liberties Union, June 7, 2016)
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- Houston Municipal Employees Pension System Actuarial Valuation Report for the Year Beginning July 1, 2015, Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company, March 24, 2016
- Houston Municipal Employees Pension System Comprehensive Annual Financial Report For the Years Ended June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2014, Houston Municipal Employees Pension System, November 19, 2015
- "A Story of Missed Opportunities: How Houston's Pensions Got Hijacked" (Inside Policy & Politics Blog), Houston Chronicle, October 13, 2015
- Swamped: How Pension Debt is Sinking the Bayou City, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, August 2015
- Why City Pension Problems Have Not Improved, and a Roadmap Forward, Hoover Institution Economics Working Papers, January 19, 2015
- Safeguarding Public-Pension Systems: A Governance-Based Approach, Manhattan Institute, March 2016
- Study of the Financial Health of Texas Public Retirement Systems, Texas Pension Review Board, December 2014
- A Common-Sense Strategy for Fixing State Pension Problems in Tough Economic Times, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, May 12, 2011
- Uber, Airbnb and Consequences of the Sharing Economy: Research Roundup, Journalist's Resource, Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center and the Carnegie-Knight Initiative, Updated June 2, 2016
- The Sharing Economy: A Taxing Experience for New Entrepreneurs Part I, (Testimony - U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business), Kogod Tax Policy Center, May 24, 2016
- Shared, Collaborative and On Demand: The New Digital Economy, Pew Research Center, May 19, 2016
- Three Paths to Update Labor Law for the Gig Economy, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, April 2016
- The Gig Economy & The Board’s FedEx Home Delivery Independent Contractor Test , Presented at 2016 Midwinter Meeting of the ABA Committee of Development of the Law Under the NLRA, American Bar Association, February 2016
- What Does the Gig Economy Mean for Workers?, Congressional Research Service, February 5, 2016
- 2016 Symposium Papers - See Workers On-Demand: Employment Law in the Sharing Economy (Application of Employee Versus Independent Contractor Concepts to the Gig Economy) and (Worker Vulnerability in the "Gig Economy"), Presented at National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association, 2016
- Local Governments and the Sharing Economy: A Roadmap Helping Local Governments Across North America Strategically Engage with the Sharing Economy to Foster More Sustainable Cities (City Cases and Snapshots - Austin, Dallas, Houston & San Antonio), One Earth, October 2015
- A Proposal for Modernizing Labor Laws for Twenty-First Century Work: The "Independent Worker" and Workers and the Online Gig Economy, The Hamilton Project, December 2015
- "State Legislatures and the Sharing Economy ," CQ RollCall, October 2015
- Sharing Economy (Latest research), National League of Cities
- Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services Program Transition, Texas Workforce Commission
- HHS Transformation and HHS Transformation News, Texas Health & Human Services Commission, Updated May 18, 2016
- Transition of DARS Programs and Functions, Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
- Wind Down of Former Emerging Technology Fund Assets and Investment of Texas Economic Stabilization Fund Assets (Presentation to House Investments and Financial Services Committee), Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company, March 29, 2016
- "Texas Emerging Technology Fund Still Benefiting Life Sciences Startups," Silicon Hills News, October 21, 2015
- State Hospitals: Mental Health Facilities in Texas: Legislative Primer, Legislative Budget Board, April 2016
- "Texas Must Fix Its Mental Health Hospital System," David Lakey, TribTalk, August 28, 2015
- State Hospital System Long-Term Plan, Texas Department of State Health Services, January 2015
- The Vital Role of State Psychiatric Hospitals, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Medical Directors Council, July 2014
- Home and Community-Based Services Expansion: Jail and Emergency Department Diversion, Texas Department of State Health Services, April 2016
- "Handling Mentally Ill Offenders," The Prosecutor, Texas District and County Attorneys Association, January-February 2016
- Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness: Pretrial Diversion Across the Country and the Next Steps for Texas to Improve its Efforts and Increase Utilization, Texas Public Policy Foundation, June 2015
- Pretrial Diversion, National Conference of State Legislatures, May 13, 2015
- Statewide Criminal and Juvenile Justice Recidivism and Revocation Rates, Legislative Budget Board, February 2015
- Smart Justice, Initiative Resources, Jail Diversion, National Association of Counties
- "Doctors Without Borders," Governing, February 2016
- "State Prisons Turn to Telemedicine to Improve Health and Save Money," Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts, January 21, 2016 (focuses on Texas)
- Telehealth Policy Trends and Considerations, National Conference of State Legislatures, December 9, 2015
- Realizing the Promise of Telehealth for Children with Special Health Care Needs, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, August 2015