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Committee: Senate Business and Commerce
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Delinquent taxes | Elder abuse | Electronic security | Employment eligibility verification | Hailstorms | Health insurance | Liens | Medical bill balance billing | Occupational licenses | Prompt payment of insurance claims | Property insurance | Public information | State employees | Texas Windstorm Insurance Association | Undocumented immigrants |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 B963
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [72 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Occupational Licensing: Review all occupations licensed under Texas law to determine the extent to which continued state regulation and licensure is required to protect public health and safety. Examine methods to ensure greater legislative oversight of new regulations, scope, and necessity of certain licenses and make recommendations for state licenses that should be repealed or transitioned to private-sector enforcement.
2. Hail Storm: Monitor the number of lawsuits related to property claims filed as a result of multiple hail storms and weather related events across Texas. Examine negative consumer trends that may result in market disruption such as higher premiums and deductibles, less coverage, non-renewals, and inability to secure coverage due to insurance carrier withdrawal from the state and make recommendations on legislative action needed.
3. Texas Prompt Pay Law: Study the impact of the penalty calculations under the current prompt payment of health care claim laws and regulations, including comparing penalties in other states and late payment penalties in Texas for other lines of insurance. Evaluate whether unregulated billed charges is the appropriate basis for determining penalty amounts and make recommendations for statutory changes, if needed.
4. Cyber-security/Storage: Examine cyber-security efforts undertaken by state entities and study the legal, policy, and privacy implications of the trend toward storage of personal, private, and business confidential information in network attached storage, cloud storage, and other developing data storage options rather than on local devices. Make recommendations on how to best protect Texans’ financial and personal information.
5. Elder Financial Abuse: Study elder financial abuse and determine what steps the State of Texas should take to help protect older Texans from financial exploitation.
6. Property Tax Liens: Examine and make recommendations for necessary changes regarding the collection process of delinquent ad valorem property taxes, including an inquiry into the role that tax lien transfers play in forestalling foreclosure.
7. Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce during the 84th Legislature, Regular Session and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following: 1) State agency participation in the federal electronic verification of employment authorization program; 2) Implementation of legislation intended to further protect consumers from the balance billing process; 3) Changes made to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association; 4) The regulation of public insurance adjusters; and 5) The current consent policy for state disclosure of personal data.
Committee: Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: 211 telephone system | Base realignment and closure | Disabled veterans | Federal budgets | Mental health services | Military and veterans benefits | Military bases | Military spending | Occupational licenses | Student aid | Veterans | Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of | Veterans Commission, Texas | Veterans' employment | Veterans' health care |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 V641
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [38 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Investigate the impact of federal actions (including the federal government shutdown, sequestration, military force reductions, and potential base closure or realignment) on active-­duty service members, the Texas Military Department, veterans, their families, defense-­related contractors, small businesses, local governments, and state agencies.
2. Monitor and examine efforts to provide employment and workforce opportunities for veterans, service members, and their families. Make recommendations on how best to continue collaborating with and supporting our honored veterans as they re-­enter the civilian workforce, including improving employment opportunities for veterans at all state agencies.
3. Provide an update on the State Strike Force teams’ progress and recommendations on any additional steps necessary to ensure that veterans promptly receive all federal disability benefits to which they are entitled.
4. Study and make recommendations to improve access to services provided by non-­profit organizations to veterans, their families, and survivors, including examining the effectiveness, standards, and consistency of the 2-­1-­1 information and referral system for military and veteran families statewide.
5. Monitor the implementation of the veterans occupational licensure bills passed during the 83rd Legislative Session to expedite the licensure process for those who are serving, have served, or are married to someone serving our nation in uniform. Study and make recommendations to strengthen and improve state efforts to ease the transition of military veterans and their spouses into the Texas civilian workforce.
6. Monitor implementation of the veteran's mental health legislation passed during the 83rd Legislative Session, including funding to support the Military Veteran Peer Network at Department of State Health Services. Assess whether state mental health initiatives targeted to veterans and their families appropriately address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Study and make recommendations to enhance the delivery of mental health services to veterans at the local level through the network of Veteran County Service Officers.
7. In addition to the formal Interim Charges, the VAMI Committee reviewed allegations that the VA has denied health and mental health care and manipulated waiting lists to access care. The Committee also considered whether or not the state has a role in assisting veterans in Texas with VA health care as it did with the Strike Force Teams for VA disability claims.
Committee: Senate Business and Commerce
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Alternative energy | Broadband technology | Building codes | Consumer credit | Consumer Credit Commissioner, Office of | Credit service organizations | Droughts | Electric meters | Electric power plants | Electric Reliability Council of Texas | Electric utilities | Electric utility deregulation | Electricity supplies | Electricity transmission and distribution | Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. | Homeowners insurance | Insurance, Texas Department of | Job training programs | Lifeline | Municipally-owned utilities | Occupational licenses | Rural areas | Subprime lending | Telecommunications | Telecommunications deregulation | Texas Windstorm Insurance Association | Universal Service Fund | Water and wastewater utility rates and charges | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 B963
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [222 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the impact of drought, regulatory changes proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, and changing market conditions on Texas' electrical market. Make recommendations, if needed to ensure continued access to reliable and affordable electricity. *
2. Assess the impact of extreme drought conditions on electric generation capacity.
3. Identify those regions of Texas that will be most affected by a lack of capacity.
4. Analyze response plans and make recommendations to improve and expedite those plans.
5. Study and make recommendations for workforce training programs in Texas to ensure that such programs meet business and worker needs. Specifically, study whether such programs target economic growth areas and future workforce needs of the health care, skilled trades, construction, manufacturing, aerospace, and information technology industries and help retain workers in those trades and fields.
6. Study the state's approach to licensing and regulation of occupations to ensure protection of public welfare, trust, health, and safety and eliminate unnecessary, overly restrictive, or anti-competitive regulation. Review guidelines and other states' approaches for determining when regulation is necessary and make recommendations for improving Texas' regulatory system.
7. Conduct a broad review of the Texas homeowners insurance market and make recommendations to improve transparency and consumer education, ensure fair practices, and lower rates. Specifically, consider the following:
  • Compare Texas' homeowners insurance premiums with those of other states and identify the factors underlying Texas' premium levels and recommend steps that the Legislature may take to reduce homeowners' rates, if appropriate;
  • Study strategies that increase awareness of state insurance resources to help consumers compare rates and coverage among various insurance providers
  • Study the relationship between insurance premiums and construction costs, especially as associated with recovery from natural disasters, to ensure that consumers are treated fairly;
  • Review the use by insurers, in rating and underwriting decisions, of customer inquiries regarding the general terms or conditions of, or coverage offered under, an insurance policy.
8. Study the relationship between city governments and municipally-owned utilities, including any duplicative or redundant functions, the amounts and justifications required for transfer payments between the entities, and the benefits and disadvantages of alternative governance structures.
9. Analyze the state of the telecommunications market in Texas, including the costs and benefits of full deregulation of the market; the impact and viability of the Texas Universal Service Fund and Provider of Last Resort requirements; the impact of SB 980, Regular Session, 82nd Legislature, relating to telecommunications regulation and rulemaking; the availability of broadband; telecommunications service discounts; and rights-­of-way charges. Make recommendations to enhance services, support the industry, and ensure adequate and affordable access for consumers.
10. Review current and pending ERCOT protocols as they apply to all generation technology, and identify those protocols that may provide operational, administrative, or competitive advantages to any specific generation by fuel type. Consider the impact any revisions to the protocols may have on grid reliability and electricity rates. Make recommendations for revisions or statutory changes to limit distortions in the Texas electrical market.
11. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Business & Commerce, 82nd Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, review the implementation of HB 2592 and HB 2594 relating to payday lending, and make recommendations relating to consistency and coordination with local ordinances and federal law.
12. Study whether advanced meters, or smart meters, that have been, and will be, installed in Texas have harmful effects on health. Report findings on whether an independent testing company perform an analysis on the safety of advanced meters should be commissioned and the appropriate organization to conduct such a study.
Committee: House Defense and Veterans' Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Border security | Endangered species | Federal funds | Land use regulations | Light pollution | Military bases | Military families | Military personnel | National Guard | Noise pollution | Occupational licenses | Suicide | Texas Military Preparedness Commission | Texas State Guard | Trees | Veterans | Veterans Commission, Texas | Voting by mail | Voting systems |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 D361
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [60 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the current role of all Texas state military forces. Identify changes that would enhance the accountability and effectiveness of the state guard, air guard, and national guard and all other components of our state military forces.
2. Monitor the implementation and impact of the MOVE Act on the state and on municipalities. Make legislative recommendations, as needed, to ensure a smooth implementation of the law. (Joint with the House Committee on Elections)
3. Study and make recommendations on how the state and local governments can work together to protect our federal military installations from unnecessary encroachment while still allowing appropriate use of land near bases to be used for nonmilitary purposes.
4. Determine any challenges to the training and operations of Texas' 15 military installations in light of recent reductions in federal defense spending. Additionally, review the current structure and mission of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission as a result of HB 2546 (81R). Recommend any legislative actions needed to sustain and improve the state's military preparedness.
5. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 82nd Legislature.
6. Examine issues not listed in the committee's interim charges, including suicide prevention and the process for active duty, former active duty and their spouses, and military personnel trasitioning into the workforce and seeking occupational licenses. *
Committee: House Government Efficiency and Reform
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Accenture LLP | Administrative Hearings, State Office of | Competitive bidding | Design/build process | Government transparency | Health and Human Services Commission, Texas | IBM | Identity requirements | Information Resources, Texas Department of | Local government contracts | Occupational licenses | Privatization | Roofing | Rules and regulations | Social networking websites | State agencies | State government contracts | State purchasing | Texas State Data Center |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 G747r
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [161 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine and make recommendations on purchasing cooperatives created under Chapter 791 of the Texas Government Code, including the bid process and the role of inter-local contracts. Clarify for consistency the following terms: purchasing cooperatives, inter-local contracts, and inter-local agreements.
2. Examine the utilization of alternative project delivery methods, such as design-build and construction-manager-at-risk, by municipalities, water districts, and authorities, and other local governmental entities since the passage of HB 1886, 80th Legislature.
3. Examine interagency agreements and charges for providing information or personal identification documents at the request of a state agency to fulfill day-to-day operations at the expense of the requesting state agency.
4. Examine areas of potential privatization of state services in an effort to achieve a higher level of service and greater efficiency for Texas taxpayers. (Joint with the House Committee on State Affairs)
5. Examine state agency rulemaking and consider ways to improve procedural efficiencies and public transparency, and to better inform policymakers as to their use, purpose, and cost-effectiveness, including an examination of the financial and other impacts such regulations have on both the license holder and the public. (Joint with the House Committee on State Affairs)
6. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 82nd Legislature.
7. Find ways to increase transparency, accountability and efficiency in state government.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Broadband technology | Cable telecommunications providers | Comptroller of Public Accounts campaigns and elections | Computer networks | Computers | Council on Competitive Government | Electric Reliability Council of Texas | Electric utilities | Electricity supplies | Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. | Health and Human Services Commission, Texas | Information Resources, Texas Department of | Mercury | Occupational licenses | Privatization | Public Utility Commission of Texas | Railroad Commission of Texas | Rules and regulations | State agencies | State government contracts | State land | State purchasing | Texas Facilities Commission | Transboundary pollution |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 St29h
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [78 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the issue of resource adequacy in the Texas electricity market, federal and state interventions in the marketplace that may be negatively impacting future adequacy, and the best way to maintain resource adequacy.
2. Examine whether current law ensures broadband provider access to an electric cooperative's utility poles and facilities pursuant to reasonable, cost-based, and nondiscriminatory rates, terms, and conditions. Study methods for improving access to electric cooperative utility poles to reduce unnecessary costs and delays for the delivery of broadband service to Texas consumers.
3. Examine areas of potential privatization of state services in an effort to achieve a higher level of service and greater efficiency for Texas taxpayers. (Joint with the House Committee on Government Efficiency & Reform)
4. Identify inefficiencies in the regulation of public utilities in order to minimize the cost of regulation to consumers.
5. Examine methods of cloud computing technology to streamline agency operations and generate greater efficiencies for more cost-effective operations. (Joint with the House Committee on Technology)
6. Examine state agency rulemaking and consider ways to improve procedural efficiencies and public transparency, and to better inform policymakers as to their use, purpose, and cost-effectiveness, including an examination of the financial and other impacts such regulations have on both the license holder and the public. (Joint with the House Committee on Government Efficiency & Reform)
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including the implementation of SB 1048 regarding public-private partnerships on state-owned property.
8. Study how businesses seeking to provide goods or services to the state interact with state agencies. Consider whether additional procedures are needed to ensure that goods and services obtained by the state are the best value. Determine whether additional disclosure and reporting requirements are necessary to ensure transparency, accountability, and to promote ethical business practices.
Committee: Senate Business and Commerce
Title: Interim Report - State Business Licenses
Library Catalog Title: State business licenses : interim report to the 81st Texas Legislature
Subjects: Business climate | Business filings | Occupational licenses | Small businesses |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 B963b
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [19 pages  File size: 4,995 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the number of state business licenses and the need and cost for each license. Estimate the cost and benefits to consumers of licenses and impact on small, start-up businesses.
Committee: Senate Criminal Justice
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 81st Legislature
Subjects: Capital murder trials | Child abuse | Correctional officers | Criminal justice | Criminal Justice, Texas Department of | Deferred adjudication | Drug trafficking | Homicide | Juvenile justice system | Mental health services | Mentally ill inmates | Methamphetamine | Occupational licenses | Ombudsmen | Pardons and Paroles, Texas Board of | Penalties and sentences (Criminal justice) | Police officers | Prison population | Prison security | Prisoner re-entry | Privately-operated prisons | Pseudoephedrine | Recidivism | Searches and seizures | Sex offenders | Substance abuse | Texas Code of Criminal Procedure | Theft | Youth Commission, Texas | Youthful offenders |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 C868
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [113 pages  File size: 13,967 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Determine how private prisons are complying with state laws and how cost, safety, living conditions and rehabilitative services at private prisons compare with state-run facilities. Include an assessment of the staff turnover rates and compensation of private contractors when compared with state-operated facilities, and of the contract bidding processes used by the Texas Youth Commission and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
2. Monitor the implementation of SB 103, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and the continuing reforms to the Texas Youth Commission and the juvenile criminal justice system. Identify barriers to effective implementation and provide recommendations to ensure that the goals of this legislation are achieved. Provide recommendations relating to best practices and identify needed additional treatment programs for juvenile sex offenders.
3. Study the impact of laws designed to reduce illegal drug use and make recommendations for reducing access to illegal drugs and for developing best practices for preventative programs, focusing on drugs targeted for the younger population, such as cheese heroin. Assess the impact of limiting access to pseudoephedrine, including the impact restrictions have had on illegal manufacturers' methods for producing methamphetamine.
4. Monitor the implementation of the new and expanded programs provided to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) within the Fiscal Year 2008 and 2009 budget, and identify their impact on the criminal justice populations. Study security issues within TDCJ, including staffing issues, use of lock down procedures, the control and containment of infectious diseases and the introduction and control of contraband within the institutions. Review the use of career ladders for employees of TDCJ and issues surrounding the retention of professional corrections staff. Study the issues of independent oversight of TDCJ, including the use and effectiveness of the TDCJ ombudsman system. Provide recommendations for the reduction or elimination of barriers to an effective corrections system.
5. Study and make recommendations for reducing the number of law enforcement officer deaths in the line of duty. This study should include:
  • an assessment of the types of calls and assignments that put law enforcement officers most at risk;
  • the geographic regions of the state that suffer the most deaths;
  • the agencies experiencing the highest rate of deaths in the line of duty;
  • the time in an officer's career, and the officer's age that he or she is most susceptible to death in the line of duty; and
  • the times of year, month, and day that are most dangerous.
6. Study the issue of criminal asset seizure and the use of seized and forfeiture funds by district attorneys and law enforcement agencies. Review the oversight of these matters by the Texas Attorney General and provide recommendations to improve the dissemination of information concerning these funds. Ensure that these funds have the appropriate accountability and fiscal controls required for public funds.
7. Study the system of deferred adjudication in Texas courts and make recommendations for resolving any problems and reducing the potential for release of dangerous criminals.
8. Study and recommend best practices for reducing re-victimization of child abuse victims associated with delay in resolution of criminal cases. Recommend options for reducing the time lapse between child victimization and criminal hearings.
9. Review the processes for re-entry of criminal offenders into communities. Identify barriers to the successful return to law-abiding behavior, including the absence of employment opportunities created by restriction on obtaining certain state occupational licenses. Provide recommendations for improvements to our current statutes governing this matter.
10. Study whether Articles 36.09 (relating to trying multiple defendants from the same transaction either separately or jointly) and 36.10 (relating to severing defendants that show prejudice from a joint trial) of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure provide sufficient safeguards to ensure fair and reliable trial results in capital cases with multiple defendants. Determine whether the articles provide trial judges with sufficient instruction regarding joinder or severance of defendants and, if not, make recommendations to improve procedures.
11. Study the relationship between the public mental health system and the criminal justice and civil courts systems, including the identification and sharing of information regarding mentally ill offenders, including minors, among criminal justice and mental health agencies, the courts, state hospitals, and the Veterans Administration. Study how current confidentiality laws impact the exchange of information among groups described above. Study the sentencing of mentally ill offenders compared to non-mentally ill offenders, including minors, and the affect that has on statewide prison capacity and on the health care provided to mentally ill offenders. (Joint Charge with Senate State Affairs Committee)
12. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Criminal Justice Committee, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, report on the implementation of SB 909, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Sunset legislation, including provisions relating to the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and monitor implementation of the new laws relating to copper theft (SB 1154, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, HB 1766, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and HB 1767, 80th Legislature, Regular Session).
Committee: Senate Government Organization
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 81st Legislature
Subjects: Background checks | Building codes | Energy conservation | Green building | Occupational licenses | State buildings | State land |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 G747o
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [68 pages  File size: 2,880 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the function, structure, funding and operations of the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO). Identify opportunities to maximize the impact and further the mission of SECO, and support SECO's role in achieving energy efficiency reporting requirements and targets established through legislation.
2. Examine criminal background check requirements across Texas health and human service, law enforcement, and education agencies, as well as other licensed professionals. Determine best practices, develop cross-agency standards, and make recommendations for reducing costs and streamlining the process.
3. Study the economic and security costs and benefits, both short-term and long-term, of adoption of an open document format for state-created documents.
4. Study whether Texas should adopt high performance building standards. In light of the potential impact of Texas' population growth on the need for electricity and water, study whether high performance buildings can cost-effectively lower utility costs and make more efficient use of natural resources.
5. Study options for developing a new master-planned campus to serve the needs of state government and provide for future growth. Consider locations accessible to the government center, as well as relative property values and lease rates. Consider divestiture of certain real estate assets within Travis County to take advantage of favorable market conditions and the cost and benefits of reducing reliance on leased facilities. Coordinate activities with the Texas Facility Commission and the General Land Office.
6. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Government Organization Committee, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
Committee: House Government Reform
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Computers and government | Databases | Inspectors general | Occupational licenses | Prescription drug costs | Prescription drugs | School buildings | State government reorganization | State purchasing |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 G747r
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [95 pages  File size: 12,260 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Research, investigate, and make recommendations on how electronic documents can be created, maintained, exchanged, and preserved by the state in a manner that encourages appropriate government control, access, choice, interoperability, and vendor neutrality. The committee shall consider, but not be limited to, public access to information, expected storage life of electronic documents, costs of implementation, and savings.
2. Research, investigate, and make recommendations regarding litigation brought by school districts receiving state funds under Chapter 46, Education Code, for defective construction of instructional facilities and the state's interest in ensuring the use of such funds for the repair or reconstruction of defective facilities or the return of state funds.
3. Review authorized offices of inspector generals and assess the benefit of having a statewide office of inspector general for all executive branch agencies.
4. Study and review current laws regarding licensing and regulation of professionals, as well as current laws regarding practice acts, and make recommendations on creating limitations and streamlining of licensure requirements, such as the public policy implications of decriminalization of license-related violations.
5. Review a wide variety of state agencies with an eye to streamlining state government. Recommend the amendment or repeal of unnecessary statutory requirements, the deregulation of certain industries if in the public interest, and ways to implement agency efficiency recommendations identified by the Legislative Budget Board, the State Auditor's Office, and the Sunset Advisory Commission.
6. Evaluate and make recommendations, if necessary, regarding state contracts with pharmacy benefit managers. Assess the feasibility of combining prescription drug programs of state health insurance programs. All recommendations should take into consideration any budgetary impacts. (Joint Interim Charge with the House Committee on Pensions and Investments.)
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Jurisprudence
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on Jurisprudence interim report
Subjects: Adoption | Air pollution control technology | Child abuse | Child custody | Children's Advocacy Centers | Extraterritorial jurisdiction | Grandparents | Houston, Texas | Judges | Juries | Medical records | Occupational licenses | Parents | Private investigators | Probate courts | Records management | Rules of evidence | Texas Code of Criminal Procedure | Visitation rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 J979
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [161 pages  File size: 5,386 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the laws governing suits affecting the parent-child relationship involving non-parents, including suits for possession of or access to a child by a grandparent, and make recommendations for providing the best care and protection for the children involved. Provide an assessment of the constitutional issues involved with these suits.
2. Study the management and storage of adoption records, including the costs and benefits of converting records into digital format. Study ways to increase access by adopted persons and their children and spouses to important family medical history information and ensure that medical history information is updated, while maintaining privacy and anonymity of records.
3. Examine the role of heir finders in Texas and make recommendations regarding professional standards and fees for heir finders.
4. Identify and study best practices for representation of children in child abuse and neglect cases and determine whether to implement further training, oversight, or other requirements for judges, attorneys, and others responsible for child abuse and neglect cases, including child sexual abuse cases. Develop and implement tools for children’s advocacy centers (CACs) and prosecutors to successfully investigate and prosecute child abusers. Include the following:
  • Explore changes to the rules of evidence that could facilitate the presentation of child testimony in court;
  • Explore making prior extraneous sex offenses admissible during determination of guilt, as has been adopted in the federal court system; and
  • Explore possible expansion of the rules regarding how cases are consolidated and punishments are stacked in a single trial involving a crime committed against a child.
5. Study practices intended to enhance the jury experience and increase jury participation, including:
  • allowing jurors to ask questions of witnesses by submitting them to the judge in writing;
  • allowing lawyers to periodically summarize testimony for the jury;
  • allowing jurors to take notes during trial; and
  • allowing jurors to discuss evidence among themselves during trial.
6. Study and make recommendations relating to the jurisdiction, authority, power and discretion of probate judges in Texas, including the authority of a probate judge to intervene in a non-probate case.
7. Study administrative and legal procedures used by municipalities to exert regulatory authority beyond city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction. Determine whether conflicts exist with agencies' regulatory authority and regulatory authority delegated to home-rule municipalities, and make recommendations for appropriate delegation and clarification of respective authorities.
8. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Jurisprudence Committee, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
Committee: House Licensing and Administrative Procedures
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Licensing & Administrative Procedures, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2004 : a report to the House of Representatives, 79th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Architectural Examiners, Texas Board of | Bingo | Electricians | Interior designers | Licensing and Regulation, Texas Department of | Lottery Commission, Texas | Mold remediation | Occupational licenses | Underage drinking |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 L616
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [36 pages  File size: 268 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Actively monitor the implementation of HB 2519, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, to streamline bingo processes at the Lottery Commission, review the commission's processes for leasing of facilities and the commissions's audit authority. Also compare the distributions to charities as a percentage of revenues in Texas with charitable bingo in other states.
2. Monitor the implementation of SB 283, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, sunset legislation for the Board of Architectural Examiners. Pay particular attention to the interior designer's transformation to a "Practice Act."
3. Monitor the implementation of HB 1487, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, creating a state wide license for electricians. Pay particular attention to any unintended consequences, such as any erosion in Texas right-to-work laws.
4. Monitor the implementation of HB 329, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, licensing mold remediators.
5. Identify licenses and duties that could be handled more efficiently at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Estimate cost savings and policy implications associated with such moves.
6. Study ways to reduce the incidence of underage drinking in Texas. Include and analysis of best practices in other states.
7. Monitor agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Public Health
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Public Health, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1996 : a report to the House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Children's health care | Children's health insurance | Long-term care | Medical education | Medically uninsured | Nursing homes | Occupational licenses | Quality of care | Texas Healthy Kids Corporation |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 h349h
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [115 pages  File size: 5,368 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the benefits, costs and possibility of mandating a specific ratio of certified nurse aids to nursing home residents.
2. Review the ways in which medical schools use funds generated by their family practice programs.
3. Study whether public protection or public services could be enhanced by the registration or licensing of clinical laboratory scientists.
4. Study options to improve access to healthcare for children who do not qualify for expanded medicaid eligibility.
Committee: House Licensing and Administrative Procedures
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1994 : a report to the House of Representatives, 74th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Administrative Hearings, State Office of | Occupational licenses |
Library Call Number: L1836.73 l616
Session: 73rd R.S. (1993)
Online version: View report [89 pages  File size: 4,201 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the need for licensing the practice of geology to protect the public interest.
2. Consider the benefits of consolidation of the governing boards regulating related professions and trades.
3. Examine the public policy relating to the receipt of commissions and referral fees by licensed professionals for referral outside the scope of the licensee's profession.
4. Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, specifically including the efficiency and effectiveness of the State Office of Administrative Hearings. The committee should conduct a thorough review of that agency to assess the quality of its performance and the service provided to client agencies. The timeliness of hearings and decisions should be a part of the study. Perform a study of mandated reports to the legislature and legislative agencies. The study should consist of a review of the legislative reporting requirements of all agencies to identify areas where reporting obligations could be streamlined and agency accountability improved. The committee shall make specific recommendations about the continuation, modification or elimination of required legislative reports.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Final report on interim charges / House Committee on State Affairs, 70th Legislature.
Subjects: Interior designers | Occupational licenses | Surplus Property Agency, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.70 st29
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
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Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To monitor all activities and have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 31.
2. To study the feasibility and public necessity of licensing the professional practice of interior design.
3. To study the procedures and practices of the Texas Surplus Property Agency with respect to the efficient disposition of surplus federal property.
Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Texas House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee : a report to the House of Representatives, 70th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Agricultural Loan Guaranty Program | Agricultural loans | Agriculture | Bond issues | Irrigation | Junior water rights | Occupational licenses | Reservoirs | Water conservation | Water planning | Water rights | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 n219
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
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Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study and analyze the effectiveness of techniques employed in promoting the constitutional propositions of HJR 6, 69th Legislature, Regular Session, and the concerns of the electorate when voting on major water legislation.
2. To study the effectiveness of the pilot agricultural loan program.
3. To study the effectiveness of the bond insurance program.
4. To study and recommend enabling legislation for an agricultural loan program if the Texas Agricultural Water Conservation Bonds approved by HJR 6, 69th Legislature, Regular Session, are approved by the electorate.
5. To study the availability of measures to reduce reservoir construction costs to the state and in particular the advisability of enacting legislation to defease outstanding water development bonds.
6. To study the need for, and the provisions that should be included in, legislation requiring certification of water and waste analysis.
7. To study the availability of water for future appropriation in major basins of the state in light of the Texas Supreme Court's decision in No. C-1620.
8. To study the need to define "unappropriated water" and to amend other statutes pertaining to water rights.
Committee: House Retirement and Aging
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 70th Texas Legislature / Texas House of Representatives, Committee on Retirement & Aging.
Subjects: Firefighters | Nursing homes | Occupational licenses | Public retirement systems | Quality of care |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 r314
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
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Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study the education or training requirements of nursing home aides and the need for licensing of same, and to review nursing home complaints, complaint procedures, and state inspection report results to insure swifter action in correcting bad situations.
2. To study the present financing arrangements for the Law Enforcement and Custodial Officer Supplemental Retirement Fund and determine the need to provide a fully funded system on a long term basis, and to study the legislative history of volunteer fire department retirement programs and assess the condition of the participating and non-participating plans.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Final report on interim charges / House Committee on State Affairs, 69th Legislature.
Subjects: Homeowners' associations | Occupational licenses | Theft |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 st29
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
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Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine conditions in the locksmiths' industry to determine if state licensing or registration of locksmiths would improve the safety and welfare of the public, including potential deterrents to certain types of crime.
2. Examine conditions in the townhome and condominium development, sales and conversion industry to determine if current law should be revised to resolve problems of consumers, builders, title companies, insurance companies, sales companies and others affected by the industry.
Committee: Senate Health and Human Resources
Title: Interim Report - Practice of opticianry
Library Catalog Title: The practice of opticianry in Texas : report to the 69th Legislature / Senate Committee on Health and Human Resources.
Subjects: Contact lenses | Occupational licenses |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 op7
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [36 pages  File size: 1,154 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study optical practices in Texas to determine whether there is a need to regulate opticians.
Committee: House Human Services
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Committee on Human Services, Texas House of Representatives, to the Sixty-ninth legislative session.
Subjects: Alternative medicine | Blind, Texas Commission for the | Child care | Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Texas Commission for the | Disabled children | Disabled persons | Dyslexia | Grants | Learning disabilities | Medicaid | Occupational licenses | Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program | Welfare |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 h88
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
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Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To monitor all activities and have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 15.
2. To study child-care needs of parents in Texas and to study child-care services in Texas.
3. To study the duplication and coordination of various grants-in-aid programs by the federal government (categorical and block grants), relating to human services.
4. To study dyslexia and related learning disabilities.
5. To review the use of telecommunication devices for the deaf, including their use in state offices and emergency centers and their availability to the general deaf community.
6. To review services to the deaf in Texas, including the deaf-blind. This study should consider each state agency that offers services to the deaf, including the State Commission for the Deaf, the Texas Rehabilitation Commission and the School for the Deaf. In addition, the study should cover federal, local and private service agencies.
7. To study the visually-handicapped children's program in the State Commission for the Blind.
8. To study chelation therapy, acupuncture and the practice of human ecology, in cooperation with the House Committee on Public Health.
9. To study the need for establishing a licensing requirement and educational standard for radiological technologists.
Committee: House Business and Industry
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Committee on Business and Industry, Texas House of Representatives, 67th Legislature.
Subjects: Commerce, Texas Department of | Competitive bidding | Condominiums | Economic development | General contractors | Occupational licenses | Retail industry | Tourism |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 b964
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
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Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the concept of a separate department of industrial standards to oversee the regulation of air conditioning contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc.
2. Compare Texas' condominium housing laws and regulations with those of other states and determine the need for revision. Should the need for revision exist, begin preparation of legislation to be introduced at the beginning of the 68th legislative session. Begin preparation of a bill to be filed in the next legislative session amending the Texas Uniform Condominium Act.
3. Study the possibility of creating a Texas Department of Commerce and Tourism by combining the Travel Division of Texas Highways and Public Transportation, the Texas Tourist Development Agency, the Texas Industrial Commission, the Texas Film Commission and other related agencies.
4. Study the effects of the Texas Blue Law and its impact on the state's economy and the ramifications on employees and morale attitudes.
5. Study private enterprise vs. government in terms of bidding on state projects and providing certain services.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Human Resources
Title: SR 692
Library Call Number: SR 692
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
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Committee: House Business and Industry
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Committee on Business and Industry, Texas House of Representatives, 65th Legislature, Austin, Texas.
Subjects: Fire prevention | International trade | Occupational licenses | Rural economic development | Rural issues | Texas sesquicentennial | Tourism |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 b964
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [145 pages  File size: 5,638 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. A study of the roles of tourism and its relative economic impact upon the state. This study should include recommendations as to the possibilities of combining the functions of the Tourist Development Agency, the Travel and Information Division of the Department of Highways and Public Transportation, and of the industrial development efforts of the Texas Industrial Commission.
2. A study of the possible scope and character of a Texas sesquicentennial celebration in 1986 and make recommendations as to the role of the state in planning and funding its observance.
3. A study of the best methods for regulation and registration of professional licensing boards, including recommendations and cost/benefit analysis on the possible consolidation of existing boards into a central regulatory and licensing agency. This study shall include recommendations as to whether there are instances of over-regulation and licensing among professions which lead to unnecessary restraints on the free-enterprise system.
4. A study of the state's fire prevention and fire protection laws to determine possible means of improving present hazardous fire conditions and preventing future tragedies. This study shall include a review of the related responsibilities of state agencies having authority in the area of fire prevention, investigation, insurance, prevention and inspection.
5. A study of the existing Rural Loan Development Program to determine why it has not been successfully implemented and utilized as the original legislation intended. An in-depth analysis should reveal possible operational changes in the law, possible methods of alternative funding, and other recommendations that would aid the success and efficiency of the program.
6. A study of the state's commitment in aiding the development of international trade within the state, especially with regard to those businesses, usually small and independent, which could utilize such specialized services but which lack the expertise themselves. This study shall include further recommendations to determine the importance of active involvement by the state in overseas international trade development offices; shall include the areas of funding, activities, and operations of the International Trade Development Division of the Texas Industrial Commission; and shall make recommendations with regard to the overall effectiveness of such a program under its current format or as a combined agency format with relate agencies.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report, Sixty-fifth legislative session / Committee on State Affairs, Texas House of Representatives.
Subjects: Barber Examiners, Texas State Board of | Control, State Board of | Cosmetologists | Cosmetology Commission, Texas | Occupational licenses | Women |
Library Call Number: L1936.64 st29
Session: 64th R.S. (1975)
Online version: View report [41 pages  File size: 1,242 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the feasibility of a merger of the State Board of Barber Examiners and the Cosmetology Commission. *
2. Study the operations, effectiveness, procurement policies and responsiveness of the State Board of Control *
3. Conduct a study of the feasibility and the cost-benefit of a small co-ordinating agency to monitor and administer all state boards and commissions or a merger of general functions of all state licensing agencies. *
4. Study the feasibility of the creation of a Commission on the Status of Women in Texas. *
5. Study military and veterans programs administered by the state.
6. Determine if it would be advantageous to have the Public Utilities Commission have jurisdiction for natural gas utilities.
Committee: House Human Resources Subcommittee on Public Welfare
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: The case of Artesia Hall : report of the / Subcommittee on Public Welfare.
Subjects: Child abuse | Child care | Occupational licenses | Public Welfare, Texas Department of |
Library Call Number: L1836.63 h88pa
Session: 63rd R.S. (1973)
Online version: View report [63 pages  File size: 2,873 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Review the licensing of Artesia Hall and the licensing procedures and policies of the State Department of Public Welfare. *
Supporting documents
Committee: House Human Resources Subcommittee on Public Welfare
Title: Correspondence by Rep. Lane Denton
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 H88 63
Session: 63rd R.S. (1973)
Online version: View document [10 pages]
Committee: House Human Resources Subcommittee on Public Welfare
Title: Letter from Price Daniel, Jr.
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 H88 63
Session: 63rd R.S. (1973)
Online version: View document [2 pages]
Committee: House Electrology, Special, Interim
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the House Special Interim Committee Studying Electrology.
Subjects: Cosmetologists | Occupational licenses |
Library Call Number: L1836.62 el25
Session: 62nd R.S. (1971)
Online version: View report [28 pages  File size: 985 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study all aspects of the occupation of electrology to determine the need and desirability of licensing and other regulatory measures in the State of Texas.
Committee: Senate Licensing and Examining Boards, Interim
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Final report. Texas. Legislature. Senate. Interim Committee on Licensing and Examining Boards.
Subjects: Occupational licenses |
Library Call Number: L1836.62 l616
Session: 62nd R.S. (1971)
Online version: View report [125 pages  File size: 5,109 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Make a thorough study of possible reforms in the system of licensing and examining boards in Texas government.
Committee: House Licensing and Examining Boards
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: A factual report to the House of Representatives of the 58th Legislature of Texas.
Subjects: Architectural Examiners, Texas Board of | Barber Examiners, Texas State Board of | Dental Examiners, Texas State Board of | Law Examiners, Texas Board of | Medical Board, Texas | Nursing, Texas Board of | Occupational licenses | Real Estate Commission, Texas | Veterinary Medical Examiners, Texas State Board of | Vocational Nurse Examiners, Texas Board of |
Library Call Number: L1836.57 M588
Session: 57th R.S. (1961)
Online version: View report [85 pages  File size: 4,669 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the operations of the Texas examining and licensing boards with a view to possible improvements and economies.

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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