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Interim Hearings – Week of October 6th

Interim Hearings – Week of October 6th
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.
October 6th Top
Topic: Speaker's Strategic Fiscal Review Charge testimony regarding:
  • General Revenue-funded Programs at the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
 
Topic: Speaker's Strategic Fiscal Review Charge testimony regarding:
  • Public Utility Commission
  • Texas Emissions Reduction Plan at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Texas Department of Transportation
 
House Select Committee on Health Care Education & Training
Topics: Innovative educational models, state workforce programs and policy recommendations to strengthen the health care workforce in Texas; dental health care workforce; veterans employment opportunities in health care careers
 
October 7th Top
Topic: Speaker's Strategic Fiscal Review Charge testimony regarding:
  • Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • University System Offices
  • Available University Fund
  • Texas Education Agency
 
House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
Charge: Impact of SB 1289, 83rd Legislature, R.S., sale of criminal histories and arrest records 
 
Charge: Non-traditional criminal offenses outside of the Penal Code, use of the Rule of Lenity and Mens Rea requirements in Texas
 
Charge: Deferred adjudication and orders for non-disclosure, use of expunction of criminal records history
 
Charge: Current pecuniary loss thresholds associated with graffiti offenses, existing Graffiti Abatement Programs in Texas
 
Charge: Community supervision in state jail felonies and effectiveness of the state jail
 
Charge: Emergency preparedness
 
Topic: Border operations update
 
Topic: Driver Responsibility Program
 
Topic: Ammonium nitrate storage
House Committee on Insurance   
Charge: Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA)
House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock
Topic: Agricultural commodity import traffic delays
October 8th Top
House Committees on Corrections and Public Education (Joint Hearing)
Charge: Impact of SB 393, 83rd Legislature, R.S. and SB 1114, 83rd Legislature R.S.; School discipline and school-based policing
 
House Committee on Corrections
Charge: Review of correctional facilities and processes within Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and Texas Juvenile Justice Department with emphasis on efficiencies, effectiveness, and recidivism
 
House Committee on Public Education
Charge: Implementation of HB 5, 83rd Legislature, R.S., and recommendations for improvement; creation of additional rigorous mathematics and science courses needed to address the current and projected needs of the state's workforce
Joint Legislative Committee on Texas Lottery
Topic: Charitable bingo
 
Topic: Elimination of the state lottery
 
House Committee on Ways & Means
Topic: Implementation of recent amendments to the property tax; frequency of reappraisals
 
Topic: Marketplace Fairness Act
Topic: Original purpose of the economic stabilization fund, appropriateness of using the net amount of oil and gas production taxes received in the 1987 state fiscal year as the basis for making general revenue transfers to the economic stabilization fund
 
Topic: Additional funding made available to Texas Department of Transportation not originally identified in the 2014-15 General Appropriations Act
 
Topic: New and previously discussed future funding options
 

Interim Hearings - Week of September 29

Interim Hearings - Week of September 29th     
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.
September 29th Top
House Committee on Environmental Regulation
Charge: Environmental Protection Agency's newly proposed Clean Power Plan and potential impact on Texas
 
September 30th Top
House Select Committee on Child Protection
Topics: Review of abuse and neglect fatalities; Coordination and collaboration among local agencies, faith-based organizations, the private sector, non-profits, and law enforcement; Efficacy of ongoing prevention efforts
 
House Committee on Environmental Regulation
Charge: Environmental Protection Agency's newly proposed Clean Power Plan and potential impact on Texas
(see September 29th above)
 

Interim Hearings – Week of September 22nd

Interim Hearings – Week of September 22nd
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.
September 22nd Top
Senate Committee on Economic Development
Charge: Legislative and regulatory barriers to capital investment, growth, and expansion of Texas businesses; reducing regulatory barriers to professions regulated by Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
 Charge: Biennial state review process for economic development programs
 Charge: Implementation of SB 21, 83rd Legislature R.S., which requires drug testing for unemployment insurance claimants
September 23rd Top
House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock 
Charge: Transparency, accountability, and efficiency in state agencies under the committee's jurisdiction; cost-saving technologies such as the route optimization system used by the Texas Department of Agriculture to save funds in inspection activities
 Charge: Texas Right to Farm Act
 Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction
 
House Committee on Special Purpose Districts
Charge: Comprehensive review of existing special purpose districts in the state
September 24th Top
House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock CANCELLED
Continuation of any unfinished business from the previous day
 
House Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives
Topics: Energy and private space incentives, freeports, and the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Senate Committee on Finance
Topic: Legislative Budget Board (LBB) presentations about major cost drivers for the state budget in:
  • Public Education
  • Higher Education
  • Medicaid
  • Mental Health
  • Transportation
  • Water
  • Employee Retirement Systems
  • Teacher Retirement System
House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism
Charge: Commercial oyster industry in the Commercial Fishing License Buyback Program at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Charge: Implementation of HB 3279, 83rd Legislature, R.S., regarding the protection of seagrass plants
Charge: Economic impact of cultural, recreation, or tourism grants provided by the state, including any economic development grants related to cultural, recreational, or tourism industries, heritage tourism, courthouse restoration, and historic district revitalization 
Topic: Update on Battleship Texas
House Committee on Public Health
Charge: Efficient exchange of electronic health information with Texas Health and Human Services enterprise agencies
 Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs, including implementation of HB 15, 83rd Legislature, R.S.
 
September 25th Top
Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking
Topics: Services and resources available to victims of human trafficking; current efforts in North Texas region to combat human trafficking
September 26th Top
House Committees on Energy Resources and International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs  (Joint Hearing)
Charge: Impact on Texas' economy and businesses of the recent expansion of oil and gas production in Northern Mexico, Mexico's efforts to recover shale gas from Eagle Ford Shale

Interim Hearings – Week of September 15th

Interim Hearings – Week of September 15th    
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.
September 15th Top
Senate Committee on State Affairs
Charge: Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs)
 Charge: Emerging negative impacts of Affordable Care Act, including navigators, rising health insurance premiums, lack of access to healthcare, etc.
 Charge: Medical price transparency, including impact of SB 1731, 80th Legislature, R.S.
 Charge: Texas Mutual Insurance Company and residual market for workers' compensation insurance
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Edwards Aquifer
Topic: Update on the Edwards Aquifer Authority
September 16th Top
House Select Committee on Health Care Education & Training
Topic: Mental health care workforce in Texas
Senate Committee on State Affairs
Charge: Personal privacy of Texas residents from governmental and commercial surveillance
 Charge: Personal data collected by governmental and commercial entities
  • DNA collection and databases
  • Gun owner privacy
  • Protection of private health care information
  • Anonymous data handling
  • Data Disposal Laws, National Conference of State Legislatures, last updated December 26, 2013
 Charge: Citizens' ability to know what data is being collected, including analysis of consumer informed consent
 Charge: Online legislative resources from Texas Senate Committee websites
Topic: Future reliability of all current state transportation funding sources
 Topic: Alternatives that may increase available state funding for transportation
 Topic: Alternative transportation funding options used nationally and internationally
Charge: Access to services provided by non-profit organizations to veterans, their families, and survivors, including 2-1-1 system
 Charge: Veterans'  mental health
House Committee on Ways & Means
Charge: Implementation of recent amendments to the franchise tax
Topic: Texas Economic Outlook
Topic: Dynamic Scoring and Analysis use in tax policy
September 17th Top
Senate Committee on Transportation
Charge: Impact of increased oil and gas production on roadways and bridges
 Charge: Implementation of SB 1792, 83rd Legislature, R.S., toll nonpayment
 Charge: Uninsured motorists
September 19th Top
Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Studying Impacts of Mexico's Energy Reforms on Texas  
Charge: Impact on Texas' economy and businesses of the recent expansion of oil and gas production in Northern Mexico, Mexico's efforts to recover shale gas from Eagle Ford Shale
 

Interim Hearings - Week of September 8th

Interim Hearings - Week of September 8th
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.
September 9th Top
House Committee on Higher Education
Charge: Strategies and business models for funding General Academic institutions.
 
Senate Committee on Business & Commerce
Charge: Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) business practices, litigation, exposure reduction, qualifications for building inspectors conducting inspections
Charge: Texas FAIR Plan's organizational and financial structure as the state's insurer of last resort for residential homeowner's insurance coverage
Topic: Updates from the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Office of Public Utility Counsel, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas
 
House Committees on Insurance and Land & Resource Management (Joint Hearing)
Charge: Examine opportunities to improve the resiliency of the Texas coast to withstand tropical storms. Study hazard mitigation, building codes, and insurance. Coordinate as necessary with the joint interim committee created by HB3459 (83R).
 
September 10th Top
House Select Committee on Child Protection
Border Support Operations, Sunset staff recommendations, Child Protective Services workforce, use of data to improve outcomes
House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism  CANCELLED
Topic: Efforts to preserve and promote the Alamo building and history, and redevelopment of HemisFair Park
September 11th Top
House Committee on Energy Resources
Study the implementation of SB 1747 (83R) to ensure effective implementation in keeping with legislative intent.
 
Joint Committee on Border Wait Times
Topic: Opportunities and efficiencies in border crossings
 

Interim Hearings – Week of September 1st

Interim Hearings – Week of September 1st
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.
September 3rd Top
House Committee on Human Services
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including implementation of the Balancing Incentives Program and legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature
 
September 4th Top
House Committee on Appropriations
Topic: Strategic Fiscal Review directive by the Speaker of the House
 
House Committees on Higher Education and Human Services (Joint Hearing)
Charge: Foster youth in higher education
 
Topics: Potential revenue sources, Identified savings and efficiencies (per HB 1, 83rd 3rd C.S.), Surplus property report, Debt reduction possibilities, Funding formula presentation
House Committee on State Affairs
Charge: Methods state agencies use for planning for investment in future infrastructure
 
Charge: State agency contracting
 
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs
 
September 5th Top
Joint Interim Committee on Education Policy for a Skilled Workforce
Charge:  Linking postsecondary education with the needs of the labor market, high school and postsecondary curricula requirements, opportunities for new education-workforce partnerships, and the impact of emerging industrial sectors on the Texas workforce
 
Charge:  Career and technical education's impact on high school graduation, transitions to postsecondary education, industry-based certification, a postsecondary certificate, or an associate's degree
 

Interim Hearings – Week of August 25th

Interim Hearings – Week of August 25th
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.
 
August 25th Top
House Committee on Energy Resources
 
 
August 26th Top
Senate Committee on Education
Charge 1: Examine STAAR writing scores and review types of writing required.  Explore need for targeted professional development in writing
 
Charge #2: Monitor implementation of legislation and make recommendations needed to improve, enhance and/or complete implementation:
  • HB 5, update from previous hearing on the passing rates of STAAR End-of-Course assessments for the graduating class of 2015
 
  • HB 1926, relating to the operation of the state virtual school network and courses provided through other distance learning arrangements
 
  • SB 376, relating to breakfast for certain public school students
 
  • HB 617, relating to transition and employment services for public school students enrolled in special education programs.
 
House Committee on Energy Resources
Charge 1: Study the impact of the expanding oil and gas exploration and production occurring across the state. The study should review of the following issues:
 
  • The effect on the state budget and the Economic Stabilization Fund;
  • The overall impact on the state economy;
  • The impact on property values and local taxes;
  • The effect on roads;
  • The impact on local school districts;
  • The complex relationship between land owners, royalty owners, and operators;
  • The impact on the environment, including emissions and injection wells;
  • Projected water needs and how those fit with our state water plan; and
  • The housing issues created by the number of workers needed in areas of shale plays.
 
Charge 2: Study the efficiency and effectiveness of the P5 permitting process at the Railroad Commission
 
Charge 3: Study and review the appropriation of general revenue dollars allocated to the Railroad Commission for improvements in IT systems to ensure those funds are being utilized to streamline the permitting process and to allow access to information for all parties that conduct business at the Commission.
 
Charge 4: Review the application of Texas Business & Commerce Code, Section 9.343, to determine the legal rights of unperfected security interests of oil and gas producers with respect to subsequent purchasers, specifically in the context of a bankruptcy proceeding such as Arrow Oil & Gas, Inc. v. SemCrude, L.P. and subsequent cases.
 
Charge 5: Monitor the implementation of HB 2982 (83R) to ensure that the required rulemaking is completed efficiently and in a timely manner.
 
House Committee on Transportation
Charge: Usage of state funds by the Texas Department of Transportation for improving road quality in areas impacted by Energy Sector activities
 
Charge: Implementation of "Turn-Back Program" by the Texas Department of Transportation, specifically fiscal impact to municipalities and taxpayers
 
Charge: County authority to utilize tax increment financing and transportation reinvestment zones to fund transportation projects
 
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction
 
August 27th Top
House Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives
Testimony from various state incentive programs, including the moving image industry, special events funds, and local programs, and coordination between state and local economic development entities
 
House Committee on Government Efficiency & Reform
Charge: Current restrictions on state and local government relating to construction of critical infrastructure, including transportation and water projects
 
Charge: Application of Public Information Act to requests for large amounts of electronic data
August 28th Top
Topic: Current state of the health care workforce in Texas
 
 

Interim Hearings – Week of August 11th

Interim Hearings – Week of August 11th
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.
August 12th Top
House Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives
Topic: Texas Enterprise Fund, Emerging Technology Fund, and incentives which help to stimulate innovation and creativity
 
Senate Committee on Finance   
Topics: Budget process, General revenue outlook, Texas economy, Constitutional spending limits, Economic Stabilization Fund, Methods of finance, Border related issues impacting state budget
 
August 13th Top
Topic: Commission decisions
House Committee on Defense & Veterans' Affairs
Topic: Effectiveness and responsibilities of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC), Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Task Force (SB 1200, 83rd R.S.)
 
August 14th Top
Senate Committee on Government Organization
Charge: State agency training, policies, and procedures for monitoring and reporting performance of state contracts
 
Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
Charge 7: Implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, including Medicaid long-term care; reducing fraud, waste, and abuse in Texas Medicaid and other programs; Dental Board reforms; and Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
 
Charge 4: Cost-effective alternatives to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act to better connect low income individuals to health care services through private market-based solutions, including Medicaid block grants and waivers
 House Committee on House Administration
Topic: Select committee budgets
 
August 15th Top
Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
Charge 2: Implementation of programs created or expanded by the 83rd Legislature to improve mental health and substance abuse services
 
Charge 6: Current state of prescription drug abuse and strategies for reducing prescription drug abuse in Texas
 
Charge 5: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program structure
 

Interim Hearings – Weeks of July 28th and August 4th

Interim Hearings – Weeks of July 28th and August 4th
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.
July 29th Top
House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
Charge 2: Effectiveness of deferred adjudication and orders for non-disclosure; extending use of expunction of criminal records history
 Charge 4: Association between co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorders and parole revocation among TDCJ inmates; dual mental health diagnosis
 Charge 5: Current pecuniary loss thresholds associated with graffiti offenses; existing Graffiti Abatement Programs
 Charge 7: Utilization of community supervision in state jail felonies and effectiveness of state jail in light of its original purpose
August 4th Top
Joint Committee on Coastal Barrier System
Topic: Feasibility and desirability of creating and maintaining a coastal barrier system
 
 
August 5th Top
Topic: Storage of ammonium nitrate and authority of first responders to inspect and respond to safety concerns
 Topic: Driver Responsibility Program
 Topic: Update regarding ongoing border operations
Topic: Potential revenue from new and existing sources
Topic: Report and testimony from the Comptroller of Public Accounts regarding the financial condition of the state
 
August 7th Top
Topic:  Study the implementation of all legislation from the 83rd Regular Session that seeks to develop a model to require state agencies regulating occupational licenses which require an apprenticeship to credit veterans' relevant military experience toward the apprenticeship requirements.
 
Topic:  Alternative certification programs that give returning military service men and women credit for skills learned and time served while on active duty.
 

Interim Hearings – Weeks of July 14th and 21st

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.
July 16th Top
House Committee on House Administration
Topics: Personnel matters, committee budgets, and administrative oversight of technology changes for the House of Representatives
 
House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations
 
July 22nd Top
Senate Committee on Higher Education
Charge: Improvements in teacher preparation and certification programs
 
Charges: Impact of technology on education instruction
 
July 23rd Top
House Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives
Topic: Overall examination of the use of incentives as an economic development tool
 
House Select Committee on Child Protection
 
Topic: Child welfare system: regulatory policy and contract oversight
Topic: Foster and kinship families
 
Topic:  Child welfare system: reporting maltreatment
 
Joint Committee on Human Trafficking
Topics: Ways to further combat human trafficking along the Texas border and region, Services available to victims
 

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