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Business and Industry - 80th R.S. (2007)

[ Report ]
Committee Members
Rep. Helen Giddings, Chair
Rep. Gary Elkins, Vice Chair
Rep. Drew Darby, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Rep. Kevin Bailey
Rep. Dwayne Bohac
Rep. Joaquin Castro
Rep. Gary Elkins
Rep. Armando Martinez
Rep. Burt Solomons
Rep. William 'Bill' Zedler
1. Study the problem of identity theft and the impact of legislation enacted in recent legislative sessions. Examine the problem of electronic data breaches, as well as the feasibility of requiring periodic destruction of records for businesses and state entities to limit exposure to identity theft. Examine the issue of personal information contained in publicly available government records. Recommend any legislative changes needed to combat the problem.
2. Study Articles 2 and 2A of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and consider amending Chapters 2 and 2A of the Business and Commerce Code to conform with recent amendments to the UCC.
3. Study the original purposes, development, and the current need for the Subsequent Injury Fund and determine whether this fund should be continued or altered.
4. Study the problem of digital piracy and make recommendations for legislative changes to address the problem facing move producers and distributors, retailers, book publishers, the music industry, universities, and other copyright holders of creative content. This review should include an examination of the impact on state and local government sales tax revenues.
5. Monitor the Texas workers' compensation system, and the continued implementation of the reforms of HB 7, 79th Legislature, Regular Session, by the Texas Department of Insurance and other state agencies. Specifically evaluate the recent decision by the Texas Supreme Court in Entergy v. Summers in terms of its impact on the system. (Joint Interim Charge with the House Committee on Insurance.)
6. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

Charges issued by the Speaker November 28, 2007.

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