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Interim Hearings - Week of December 8th

Interim Hearings - Week of December 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.
December 9th Top
Senate Committee on State Affairs
Charge: Actuarial and financial conditions of the pension and health care programs administered by the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) and the Employees Retirement System (ERS)
December 10th Top
Commission decisions
 
Staff presentation and public testimony - Public input form for agencies under review
December 11th Top
Topic: Sufficient balance to maintain in the Economic Stabilization Fund
 

Interim Hearings - Week of December 1st

Interim Hearings - Week of December 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.
December 1st Top
Topics: Revised guidelines for the Texas Facilities Commission, other business
 
Topics: Personnel matters and other business
 
December 3rd Top
House Committee on Insurance
Charge: Effects of the Affordable Care Act on the availability and affordability of private health insurance coverage in Texas and on the health insurance market
 Charge: Transparency in the health care marketplace
 Charge: Auto insurance market issues:
Charge: Long-term stability of the residual market for workers' compensation insurance
Joint Select Committee on Ethics Laws
Topic: Review the statutes and regulations related to ethics, including campaign finance laws, lobby laws, and personal financial disclosure law
  • Publications and Guides, including campaign finance guides for candidates and officeholders, and lobbying in Texas, Texas Ethics Commission
 
December 4th Top
House Committee on Appropriations
Topic: Invited testimony on state spending limit, overview of the revenue estimate, and budget drivers for the 84th Legislative Session (including public education, Medicaid, mental health funding, Employee Retirement System and the Teacher Retirement System)
Topic: Invited testimony from agencies and organizations that are participating in Texas Border Support Operations
Topic: Press credentialing
 
House Research Organization Steering Committee
Topic: Nominate steering committee candidate slate for submission to House membership
 

Interim Hearings - Week of November 17th

Interim Hearings - Week of November 17th
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.
 
November 17th
Senate Committee on Education
Charge: School choice
 
Charge: Implementation of SB 2, 83rd Legislature, R.S., relating to certain charter schools
 
Topic: Facility demand issues on school districts across the state
November 19th
House Committee on State Affairs
 
Topic: Audit Report on the HealthSelect Contract at the Employees Retirement System, SAO Report No. 15-007
 

Interim Hearings - Week of November 10th

Interim Hearings - Week of November 10th
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.
November 10th Top
House Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives
Topic: Findings and recommendations
 
November 12th Top
Senate Committee on Open Government
Charge: Texas Public Information Act
Staff presentation and agency response (invited testimony):
 
November 13th Top
 
November 14th Top
Charge: International trade and investment in Texas
 
Charge: Physical infrastructure that facilitates international trade
 
Charge: Commercial ship traffic on smaller coastal waterways
Topic: Distribution of state proposition funding as it relates to the enabling legislation in HB 1, 83rd Legislature, 3rd C.S.
 

Interim Hearings - Week of October 27th

Interim Hearings - Week of October 27th
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 27th Top
House Committee on County Affairs
Topics: Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program 1115 Waiver, mental health, diversion tools, issues affecting the local jail, indigent care
 
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction
 
October 28th Top
Topic: Potential recommendations to the Legislature on topics discussed in previous hearings
 
Senate Committee on Criminal Justice
Charge: Operations of the Texas prison system with respect to medical and mental health care
 
October 29th Top
Senate Committee on Finance
Topic: Invited testimony from the Office of the Comptroller related to the state's major sources of revenue and tax structure
 
 

Interim Hearings - Week of October 20th

Interim Hearings – Week of October 20th
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 20th Top
Topic: Speaker's Strategic Fiscal Review Charge testimony regarding:
  • Trusteed Programs within the Office of the Governor
  • Department of Information Resources
  • State Law Library
  • Juvenile Justice Department
  • Department of Public Safety
House Committee on County Affairs 
Charge: Population growth and impact on housing, available land resources, businesses, and the state's economy
 
Charge: Health advisory panel from HB 3793, 83rd Legislature, R.S.
Charge: Oversight of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, jail issues including mental health
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including counties' emergency response preparedness
 
October 22nd Top
Joint Legislative Committee on Human Trafficking
Prosecution of human trafficking, resources for victims of human trafficking, labor trafficking, and combating human trafficking.
 
October 23rd Top
Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations
 
Senate Committee on Jurisprudence
Charge: Failure to attend school (Section 25.094, Texas Education Code), adjudicating juvenile truancy as a civil offense
 
Charge: Deferred adjudication, orders for non-disclosure, and expunctions,  extending the use of expunction of criminal records history and non-disclosures
October 24th Top
House Committees on Agriculture & Livestock and Culture, Recreation & Tourism (Joint Hearing) 
Charge: Eradication of feral hogs
 
House Committees on Culture, Recreation & Tourism
Charge: Long-term plan to incorporate land donated or sold to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department into state park system
 
Charge: Texas Film Commission and the Texas Music Office and effectiveness in economic development
 
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 
 
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction
 

Interim Hearings - Week of October 13th

Interim Hearings – Week of October 13th
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 13th Top
Senate Committee on Higher Education
Charge: Alignment between high school and freshman level college coursework, specifically mathematics (including Algebra II) and science courses
 
Charge: Use of dual credit coursework and other secondary school programs for college credit
 
Charge: Implementation of legislation, specifically, the following:
  • SB 414, 83rd Legislature, R.S. (2013), relating to a study and report regarding authorizing certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs to address regional workforce needs
  • SB 62, 83rd Legislature, R.S. (2013), relating to the vaccination against bacterial meningitis of entering students at public and private or independent institutions of higher education
               
  • SB 28, 82nd Legislature, R.S. (2011), relating to eligibility for a TEXAS grant and to administration of the TEXAS grant program
  • HB 1244, 82nd Legislature, R.S. (2011), relating to developmental education and the assessment of student readiness under the Texas Success Initiative and to students enrolled in developmental education at public institutions of higher education
 
October 14th Top
Joint Interim Committee on Education Policy for a Skilled 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
Charge: High school career and technical education, career exploration, and curricula that align with postsecondary programs and employer-based training
 
October 15th Top
House Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives
Topics: Financial tools, permitting process, key tax incentives, and needs for small businesses
House Committees on Land & Resource Management  and Urban Affairs (Joint Hearing, 10:30 A.M.)
Examine population growth in Texas and evaluate Texas' preparedness to respond to future growth and ensure economic stability
 
House Committee on Urban Affairs, 1:00 P.M.
Charge: Strategies to address chronic graffiti problem
 
Charge: Recommendations in report by Texas Coordinating Council for Veterans Services (TCCVS), homeless veterans
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction
 
October 16th Top
House Committee on Public Education
Charge: School district governance, effective relationship between board and superintendent
Charge: Role of the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) in serving school districts
History of HCDE, Harris County Department of Education
 
 House Committee on Licensing & Administrative Procedures
 Charge: Evaluate and consider cost-saving technologies and programs used by the Department of Licensing and Regulation to increase efficiencies and access to those with licensing occupations.
 Charge: Expand the right of individuals to challenge occupational licensing rules and regulations; identify occupational licenses that may not be necessary for public safety or health.
 Charge: Effect of HB 3038, 83rd Legislature, R.S. on multi-state auction companies, as well as business-to-business auctions.
 Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature.
 

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
Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
Topic: State's public health preparedness and response to infectious disease threats; overview of the ongoing local, state, and federal response to the confirmed Ebola case in Dallas
 
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
Topic: Structure and functions of regional mobility authorities
 
House Committee on Defense & Veterans’ Affairs
 
Charge: Texas Coordinating Council for Veterans Services (TCCVS) report recommendations; new methods to help homeless Veterans using state, regional, and local resources
Charge: Strategies for effectively supporting military veteran students in their academic and workforce goals
 

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

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