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Interim Hearings – Week of April 30

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.

 

April 30

House Select Committee on Texas Ports, Innovation & Infrastructure (Corpus Christi) 

Charge: Maritime port program for "Funding of Port Security, Projects, and Studies" in Chapter 55 of the Texas Transportation Code; Address maritime-related port access and freight mobility needs

Charge: Benefits of SB 28, 85th Legislature, R.S., funding of ship channel improvements

Charge: Maintenance and dredging to ensure navigable waterways and channels, alternative funding to remain competitive in post-Panama Canal expansion era

 

May 1

House Committee on Corrections

Charge 1: Texas Department of Criminal justice response to Hurricane Harvey, operational stability of state criminal justice institutions following a natural disaster

Charge 2: Social workers and peer support specialists in the Texas criminal justice system

Charge 4: Treatment options, services, and programs available to women in institutional settings, on community supervision, on parole, and in community-based programs

 

Senate Committee on Business & Commerce

Charge: Grid reliability

Charge: Free market electricity

Interim Hearings – Week of April 23

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.

 

Charge 3: Permitting, siting, and regulatory processes for solid waste landfills

Charge 4: Economic impact of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)

Charge 5: TCEQ expedited air permitting program

 

House Committee on Human Services

Charge 2: Managed Care – Medicaid Managed Care history, initiatives of managed care organizations (MCOs) to improve quality and coordination of care, Health and Human Services Commission's (HHSC) oversight of MCOs

Top

 

House Committee on Investments & Financial Services 

Charge: Impact and risks of a credit bureau security breach on Texans

Charge: Financial technology policy challenges

Topic: Cryptocurrency's potential role in financial sector

 

Senate Committee on Transportation

Charge: Project acceleration 

Charge: Unified Transportation Program (UTP) 

Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation, specifically:

  • Statutory changes specified in Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) sunset legislation:
    1. requiring toll road entities to use toll revenue to pay back TxDOT for grants used to construct toll roads.
    2. prohibiting TxDOT from operating or transferring a HOV lane as a tolled lane.
    3. authorizing TxDOT to convert non-tolled lanes as toll lanes – only if the number of non-tolled lanes is greater than or equal to the number in existence before the toll conversion project.
    4. prohibiting TxDOT from awarding contracts unless the contractor participates in E-verify

  • Progress of Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) efforts to issue an annual permit for transporting overweight, sealed intermodal shipping containers on TxDOT approved routes within 30 miles of a port of entry or an international bridge.

 

House Committee on Environmental Regulation

Charge 1: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's (TCEQ) response and clean-up efforts related to Hurricane Harvey, debris removal, natural disaster response

 

Senate Committee on Higher Education

Charge: 60x30TX Statewide Plan Review

 

 

House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence  (El Paso) 

Charge 3: Enforcement of criminal laws against low-level possession of marijuana

Charge 8: Monitoring agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature

 

 

Charge 1: Effects of Hurricane Harvey on the courts and legal system

Charge 3: Statutes prescribing fees in civil and criminal matters; fees that may be challenged on grounds similar to those raised in Salinas v. Texas (Tex. Court of Crim. Apps., March 8, 2017)

Charge 7: Monitor implementation of the statewide electronic database of court records ("re:SearchTX")

Interim Hearings – Week of April 16

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.

House Committee on Land & Resource Management

Topic: Testimony from the General Land Office regarding programs offered by the Veterans Land Board and the GLO's coastal management programs

 

House Committee on Natural Resources Top

Charge 2: Additional issues related to Hurricane Harvey and flooding issues in general:

  1. Development of the initial State Flood Plan by the Texas Water Development Board, and how the plan might be enhanced or focused in light of Harvey
  2. Science and data availability and needs related to flood risk and to responding to flood events
  3. Best methods of providing state financial assistance for flood infrastructure needs
  4. Opportunities for improved collection and storage of flood flows for future supply needs
  5. The role of voluntary land conservation efforts, including conservation easements, in preventing and mitigating flooding

 

House Select Committee on Opioids & Substance Abuse Top

Continuation of Charge 1: Prevalence and impact of substance use, substance use disorders, opioids, and synthetic drugs in Texas 

Charge 2: Prevalence and impact of substance use and substance use disorders in pregnant women, veterans, homeless individuals, and people with co-occurring mental illness, and impact of opioids; programs in other states to reduce substance abuse 

Charge 3: Policies and guidelines used by state agencies to monitor for and prevent abuse of prescription drugs in state-funded or state-administered programs, including Texas Medicaid Program, the Division of Workers' Compensation of the Texas Department of Insurance, the Teacher Retirement System, and the Employee Retirement System  

 

House Committee on Transportation Top

10:00 AM

Charge: Ability of Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to deliver highway construction projects that reduce congestion and improve mobility

House Committee on Transportation Top

1:00 PM

Charge: Impact of energy exploration and production on state and county roads

 

House Committee on Appropriations Top

Charge: Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF); current methodology used to set ESF cap

Charge: One-time funding and deferral measures

Charge: Implementation of SB 20, 84th Legislature, R.S.; SB 533 and SB 255, 85th Legislature, R.S. (State agency contracting)

Charge: Implementation of Article IX, Sec. 9.13 of the General Appropriations Act (Cybersecurity, information technology, cloud computing)

Charge: Effectiveness of funds appropriated for border security operations

 

Charge 8: Funding for adult probation departments and juvenile justice system

Charge 9: State crime lab operational structure

Charge 18: Monitor agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and implementation of legislation, specifically: Department of Public Safety efforts to eliminate sexual assault kit backlog

 

House Committee on Energy Resources Top

Charge: Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) response to Hurricane Harvey; protection of the public, natural resources, environment, infrastructure, and industrial facilities in natural disasters; fuel reserves for first responders

Charge: Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program 

Charge: Frac sand mining in the Permian Basin 

Charge: Decommissioning of commercial wind energy facilities 

Charge: Investment in public infrastructure and workforce development in the Permian Basin region  

Charge: Monitor agencies and programs under Committee's jurisdiction and implementation of legislation passed by 85th Legislature, specifically:  

  1. Long-term funding solutions for a stable regulatory structure
  2. Adequacy of well-plugging processes and funds
  3. Cleanup and removal of abandoned equipment
  4. Seismic research needs for the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology and any response to research findings by the RRC

 

House Committee on Public Education Top

Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation, specifically: HB 21, 85th Legislature, 1st C.S.; HB 22 and SB 179, 85th Legislature, R.S.

Topic: Update from the Texas Education Agency regarding issues related to Hurricane Harvey

 

House Committee on Transportation Top

Charge: Efficacy of existing transportation finance mechanisms from state, regional, and local perspectives

Charge: Texas' various toll authorities and transparency and stakeholder responsiveness

 

House Committee on Public Health Top

Charge: Treatment of traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer's, and dementia, and opportunities for advancing treatment and cures 

Charge: Organ and bone marrow donations 

Interim Hearings – Week of April 9

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.

 

April 10

House Committee on Defense & Veterans' Affairs (San Antonio) 

Charge: Aid to federal military installations and their communities in order to minimize the negative consequences of a Base Realignment and Closure

 

April 12

House Committee on Economic & Small Business Development (Richardson) 

Charge 2: Development of high-growth, high-tech start-ups, "sandbox" regulatory approach

Charge 3: Workforce needs of the state's businesses and industries

Charge 4: Distribution of state economic development incentives

 

House Committee on Insurance

Charge: Effect of Hurricane Harvey on the insurance market in Texas 

Charge: Coverage provided by the most common homeowners' insurance policy forms in Texas 

Charge: Appraisal processes under property insurance policies in Texas 

Charge: Texas' financial responsibility laws for automobile insurance, including the minimum liability limits required by state law

Topic: Cost increases in life insurance policies and consumer protections for life insurance policy holders

Interim Hearings – Week of April 2

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Charge 2: Consumer rights and protections

I. Overview of Deceptive Trade Practices Act

II. Landlord/Tenant agreements

III. Texas Fair Housing Act

 

Charge 11: Congressional action on federal healthcare reform and CHIP reauthorization; conversion of Texas Medicaid funding to block grant or per capita cap; preparation for federal changes; state flexibility in administering Medicaid, including use of 1115 and 1332 waivers

Charge 18 (specific issue): Monitoring agencies and programs and implementation of legislation:

g. Medicaid cost-containment efforts

Charge 12: Reimbursement methodologies for nursing homes and assisted living facilities

 

Charge 2: Consumer rights and protections

I. Rent-to-Own agreements/disputes

Charge 3: Third party data gathering by Texas employers and businesses   

Charge 4: Impact of data breaches on Texas consumers and businesses  

 

Charge: Expand high quality education opportunities

Charge: Virtual education in the 21st century classroom

Charge: Implementation of legislation, including state matching of the federal E-rate program (SB 1)

 

Charge: Public pension systems in Texas, specifically: (1) the different types of retirement plans; (2) the actuarial assumptions used by retirement systems to value their liabilities and the consequences of amending those assumptions; (3) retirement systems' investment practices and performance; and (4) the adequacy of financial disclosures including asset returns and fees

Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation:

  • SB 2190, relating to the public retirement systems of certain municipalities
  • HB 3158, relating to the retirement systems for and the provision of other benefits to police and firefighters in certain municipalities
  • HB 3976, relating to the administration of and benefits payable under the Texas Public School Retired Employees Group Benefits Act

 

Invited testimony on the ongoing developments with NAFTA renegotiation, recently proposed steel and aluminum tariffs

Interim Hearings – Week of March 26

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.

 

House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence

Charge: Death penalty for defendants with serious mental illness or intellectual and developmental disabilities

 

House Select Committee on Texas Ports, Innovation & Infrastructure

Charge: Pilot Boards

Charge: Port Authority Advisory Committee [PAAC]

Charge: Public-Private Partnerships

 

Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs CANCELED

Charge: Agricultural fees and state licenses in agriculture industry

 

Senate Committee on Education

Charge: Teacher compensation

Charge: Classroom conduct and teacher support, student discipline

Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation, including:

 

House Committee on Government Transparency & Operation    

Charge 1: Role of technology in disaster preparedness

Charge 2: State agency use of state disaster recovery services, including statewide technology centers

Charge 3: Open meetings laws

Charge 4: Public Information Act

Charge 5: State agency data sharing

Charge 6: Implementation of relevant legislation, specifically HB 8, 85th Legislature, R.S. (Cybersecurity for state agency information resources)

 

House Select Committee on Opioids & Substance Abuse

Charge: Prevalence and impact of substance use, substance use disorders, opioids, and synthetic drugs in Texas

 

Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations

Hurricane Harvey Related Charges 

Charge: Rebuilding housing and infrastructure following natural disaster

Charge: Distribution of federal disaster relief funds, including community development block grant (CDBG) funds

Charge: Debris removal

Charge: Disaster training opportunities

Interim Legislative Charge

Charge: Special Purpose Districts Bond Reform

 

Charge 4 (specific aspects): Health and Human Services Commission's (HHSC) managed care contracts, enforcement of contractual sanctions for managed care organizations (MCOs), Medicaid participants' complaints regarding access to care

Charge 10: Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECI) in Texas

 

Charge 4: Examine the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act and identify opportunities to improve the Act

Charge 7: Review the implementation of SB 73 (85R) relating to leave policies and procedures for state employees

Interim Hearings – Week of March 19

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.

 

 

Organizational meeting; overview of Sunset process; approval of review schedule, operating budget, and rules

 

Charge: Current state of infrastructure at Texas' international shipping ports and border ports of entry; transportation-related impediments to international trade and economic impact of those challenges, including border wait times

 

Charge: Economic Stabilization Fund: examine options to increase investment earnings; evaluate how the constitutional limit is calculated and consider alternatives methods

Charge: Monitor implementation of behavioral health, coordinating behavioral health services and expenditures, pursuant to Article IX, section 10.04, including the impact of new local grant funding  provided by the 85th Legislature

Topic: Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery

 

Charge 18: Monitor agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature; specifically monitor:

Topic: Implementation of therapy rate increases and policy changes at HHSC

Topic: HHSC's use of appropriated funds to expand Texas's inpatient psychiatric infrastructure

Topic: Ongoing impact of critical-needs funding at DFPS

 

Topic: State of cybersecurity in Texas

 

Medicaid Managed Care Quality and Compliance

Charge: Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) efforts to improve quality and efficiency in the Medicaid program, including pay-for-quality initiatives in Medicaid managed care; comparison of alternative payment models and value-based payment arrangements with providers in Medicaid managed care, the Employees Retirement System, and the Teacher Retirement System, and areas for cross-collaboration and coordination

Charge: Medicaid managed care organizations' compliance with contractual obligations and the use of incentives and sanctions to enforce compliance; competitive bidding practices for Medicaid managed care contracts

Health Care Cost Transparency

Charge: Efforts by Department of State Health Services and Texas Department of Insurance to increase health care cost transparency, including a review of the Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC) system, and the Consumer Guide to Healthcare; making provider and facility fees accessible to improve health care cost transparency and quality of care, creating an informed health care consumer base

 

Charge: System/campus expansion

 

Charge 2: Review conflict of interest laws and personal financial statement requirements governing public officers and employees

Charge 3:  Review penalties under Chapter 305, Government Code (registration of lobbyists)

Charge 5: Review procedures used at the Texas Ethics Commission; identify ways to resolve complaints

 

Child Welfare

Charge: Family preservation in the Family Based Social Services (FBSS) stage of service at the Department of Family and Protective Services, tracking quality of services and linking payments to providers of these services to outcomes for families and children

  • DFPS Data Book, Child Protective Services (CPS) Family Preservation (Fiscal Years 2015, 2016, 2017; Interactive Map), Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Family Based Support Programs, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Charge: Department of Family and Protective Services' progress in timely visits to children involved in a reported case of abuse or neglect

Charge: Services and supports provided to children in Permanent Managing Conservatorship of the state, and the level of preparedness given to youth aging out of state care

Charge: Effectiveness of public and private agency efforts to recruit and retain foster parents, barriers to entry and obstacles that prevent interested families from continuing to provide foster care

Substance Abuse/Opioids

Charge: Substance use prevention, intervention, and recovery programs; adequacy of substance use services for pregnant and postpartum women in Medicaid or Healthy Texas Women Program; impact of legislation on overprescribing and doctor shopping via the prescription monitoring program

 

Interim Hearings – Week of March 12

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.

 

March 15 CANCELED

House Committee on Human Services

Charge 2: Managed care in Texas – Medicaid Managed Care history, initiatives of managed care organizations (MCOs) to improve quality and coordination of care, Health and Human Services Commission's (HHSC) oversight of MCOs

Interim Hearings – Week of March 5

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March 8

House Committee on Land & Resource Management (Houston)  

Charge: General Land Office (GLO) role and efforts during the recovery period following Hurricane Harvey, disaster readiness and protocols, assessment of public lands

Charge: State Power Program operated by the GLO

Interim Hearings – Week of February 26

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.

 

February 27

Joint Interim Committee on Higher Education Formula Funding

Topic: Realignment and/or possible elimination of non-formula support items for institutions of higher education

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