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Interim Hearings - Week of March 28

Interim Hearings - Week of March 28
 
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 29 Top
House Select Committee on Federal Environmental Regulation  
Topic: Organizational hearing on the effects that existing and proposed federal environmental regulations will have on the Texas economy
 
Charge: Texas Division of Emergency Management and the state's natural disaster preparedness planning efforts
Charge: Implementation of the "two steps, one sticker" program
Charge: Implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 84th Legislature
 
Charge 3: Elder financial abuse
Charge 6: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies
 
House Committee on Urban Affairs CANCELLED
Charge: Cities' cybersecurity policies
Senate Committees on Education and Higher Education (Joint Hearing)
Charge: Implementation of HB 5, 83rd R.S., and current projections for preparation of Texas high school students for postsecondary education and workforce training
 
Charge: Teacher shortage and retention, educator preparation programs
Senate Committee on State Affairs
Charge: Compensation to private property owners for property taken by eminent domain authority
Senate Committee on Transportation    
Charge: State Highway Fund grants and loans to Regional Mobility Authorities (RMA)  
Charge: Oversize and overweight vehicles 
Senate Select Committee on Transportation Planning
Topic: Transportation planning, financing, and performance
March 30 Top
House Committee on Insurance
Charge 3: Texas prompt payment law and penalty calculations
Charge 7: Implementation of HB 2929, 83rd R.S.
Charge 8: Prosecution of workers' compensation insurance fraud
House Committee on Pensions
Topic: Organizational meeting, current issues and concerns facing pension systems
House Committee on Transportation
Topic: Update on HB 2612, 84th R.S. - debt service on bonds issued for each toll project in this state, plan to eliminate all toll roads
House Select Committee on Transportation Planning
Topics: Update from TxDOT working group on project selection criteria, rules and policies for project prioritization and selection, and funding categories (TxDOT); latest revenue projections related to state and federal funds; outstanding debt and repayment schedule
Senate Committee on Business & Commerce
Charge: State cybersecurity and protection of financial and personal information
Charge: Implementation of legislation, specifically federal electronic verification of employment authorization program and consent policy for state disclosure of personal data
Topic: Updates from Public Utility Commission of Texas and Electric Reliability Council of Texas
 
Senate Committee on Criminal Justice  
Charge 2: County and municipal jails, mental health in corrections
Senate Committee on Finance
Charge: Franchise tax, Property Tax Relief Fund
Charge: Sales tax holiday
Charge:  Budget formats of other states; reduction of state liabilities; incentivize state agencies
Joint Committee on TRS Health Benefit Plans
Topic: Health benefit plans administered by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas; TRS-Care
March 31 Top
Charge: Promotion of domestic agriculture products, and strengthening international ties for exporting Texas food and fiber
Topic: Impact of an open U.S.-Cuba trading relationship on Texas
Joint Legislative Committee on Health & Human Services Transition, Oversight
Invited and public testimony
April 1 Top
Charge 3: Economic development
Charge 4: Expedited permitting
 
Charge 7: Implementation of legislation, specifically:
1) Legislation relating to Texas aerospace incentives;
2) Expedited permitting; and
3) Electric utility rate adjustments
 

Interim Hearings - Week of March 21

Week of March 21
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 21
House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
Charge: Indigent defense and innocence projects
House Select Committee on Emerging Issues In Texas Law Enforcement
Charge 1: Body cameras, minimum standards set by SB 158, 84th R.S.
Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief
Charge: Property tax process, including appraisal system
Charge: Reducing tax burden
 
March 22
House Committee on Business & Industry
Charge 7: Designated doctor process in the Texas workers' compensation system
Charge 8: Benefits for injured employees in the Texas workers' compensation system who qualify for lifetime income benefits, death benefits
Charge 10: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies
 
House Select Committee on Mental Health
Topic: Children's mental health/behavioral health, including, but not limited to clinical medicine, treatment, public education, and juvenile justice
 
March 23
House Committee on Business & Industry
Charge 6: Requirement for state agencies to purchase insurance through the State Office of Risk Management (SORM)
Charge 10: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies
 
Charge:  Local law enforcement and federal Priority Enforcement Program (PEP)
March 24
House Committees on Higher Education and Appropriations, Subcommittee on Article III (Joint Hearing)
Joint charge: Community college funding 
 

Interim Hearings - Week of March 14

Interim Hearings - Week of March 14 
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 17
House Committee on Defense & Veterans' Affairs  
Topic: Veteran issues of state concern
Topic: Updates on legislation passed by the committee during the 84th Legislature
 

Interim Hearings - Week of March 7

Interim Hearings - Week of March 7
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 7 Top
House Committee on Energy Resources
Charge: Enforcement policies of the Railroad Commission of Texas
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies;  implementation of major energy legislation including regulated surface activity on oil and gas sites; and seismic research needs for the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology and any response to research findings by the Railroad Commission of Texas 
March 8 Top
House Committees on Energy Resources and International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs (Joint Hearing)
Joint charge: Mexican energy transformation effect on energy economy in Texas
House Committee on Higher Education
Charge 4: Sexual assault on college campuses
House Committee on Human Services
Charge 4: Medicaid managed care, contract management, Vendor Drug Program
March 10 Top
Charge: Veteran health and mental health in Texas, progress of state strike force teams
Charge: Veteran employment and hiring policies in state agencies
Charge: Veteran's courts, including successes and challenges, rehabilitation, recidivism
 

Interim Hearings - Week of February 22

Interim Hearings - Week of February 22
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 23
House Committee on Urban Affairs 
Charge 2: Cities' cybersecurity policy
 

Interim Hearings - Week of February 15

Interim Hearings - Week of February 15
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 17
Senate Committee on State Affairs
Charge: First Amendment religious liberty protections
 
February 18
House Select Committee on Mental Health
Invited testimony
 
Senate Committee on Health & Human Services   
Charge: Healthy aging
 
Charge: Long-term care
 
Charge: "Wrongful birth" cause of action
 
Senate Committee on State Affairs
Charge: Judicial salaries, legislators' retirement annuities, straight-ticket voting
 
 
 

Interim Hearings - Week of February 8

Interim Hearings - Week of February 8
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 9 Top
House Committee on Corrections
Charge: Incarceration rates for non-violent drug offenses, alternatives to incarceration including community supervision
Charge: Inmate release policies of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, including direct release from administrative segregation
House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Private Property Rights in Water
Topic: How to supply water while respecting private property rights of individual owners
House Committee on Public Education  
Charge: Middle grades
Charge: High performing students
February 10 Top
House Committee on Corrections
Charge: Recidivism & Reentry
House Committee on Public Health
Charge: Preparedness for public health threats and emergencies, including natural disasters and infectious diseases
Charge: Telemedicine in Texas
Senate Committee on Education
Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation, specifically:
Topic: Local briefing on English Language Learning
February 11 Top
Topic: Select committee budgets
 
House Committee on Higher Education
Charge: Community college system
Charge: Community colleges offering affordable baccalaureate degree programs, student pathways
Senate Select Committee Property Tax Reform & Relief  
Charge: Property tax process, including appraisal system
Charge: Reducing tax burden
 
 

Interim Hearings - Week of February 1

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.
 
Week of February 1
February 2
House Committee on Natural Resources
Charge: Water markets in Texas
 
Charge: Regional and state water planning processes, with emphasis on integration of HB 4, 83rd Legislature, R.S., regional planning groups, groundwater management, drought of record, and related issues
 
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies, including review of the surface water permitting process in Texas
 
February 3
House Committee on Energy Resources
Charge 1: Impacts of declining oil prices, energy development strategies
 
Charge 2: Oilfield theft
 
Charge 7: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies
Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations 
Charge 3: Natural disaster preparedness planning, as it pertains to Hurricane Dolly disaster recovery efforts

Interim Hearings - Week of January 25

Interim Hearings - Week of January 25
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.
 
January 25
Joint Legislative Committee on Health & Human Services Transition, Oversight
Invited testimony only
 
January 26
House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism
Invited testimony on all interim charges
 
Senate Committee on Business & Commerce
Charge: Elder financial abuse
·         Financial Crimes Against the Elderly, 2015 Legislation, National Conference of State Legislatures, November 20, 2015
·         "Lies, Secrets, and Scams: How to Prevent Elder Abuse," Consumer Reports, November 3, 2015
·         "Why Elder Financial Abuse Is Such A Slippery Crime," Forbes, February 13, 2015
·         Cumulative 2015 Elder Financial Abuse Legislation, American Bankers Association, updated as of January 26, 2015
·         The True Link Report on Elder Financial Abuse 2015, True Link Financial, January 2015
·         Georgia Akers, Associate Judge, Harris County Probate Court No. 3, "Elder Abuse, Exploitation and Consumer Scams: Ethical Duties," 2014 CPE by the Sea, Houston TSCPA Foundation and TSCPA CPE Foundation, Inc., Galveston, Texas, June 11-13, 2014
 
Charge: Collection process of delinquent ad valorem property taxes, role of tax lien transfers
·         Interim Report to the 84th Legislature (Charge 3 - Property tax liens), House Committee on Business and Industry, January 2015
·         Texas Property Tax Law Changes 2015 (Tax Code, Chapter 31, Collections, and Chapter 33, Delinquency), Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, August 2015
·         Property Tax Lending Consolidated Volume Report Calendar Year 2014, Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner, June 23, 2015
·         Property Tax Lending Study, Finance Commission of Texas, prepared by Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner, August 2012
·         Property Tax Bills (delinquent tax bill contents, delinquency dates, penalty and interest by type of property tax bill), Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
 
Senate Committee on Finance
Topic: Testimony from Comptroller of Public Accounts and the Legislative Budget Board on impact of oil prices and production on state revenue and the budget
·         "Falling Oil Prices Leading to Drop in Texas Road Funding," Texas Tribune, January 20, 2016
·         2016 Texas Economic Outlook: Riding the Energy Roller Coaster, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, January 12, 2016
·         Monthly State Revenue Watch, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Updated January 2016
·         The 2016-2017 Certification Revenue Estimate, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, October 13, 2015
 
Charge: Behavioral/mental health services and expenditures across state government
·         A Guide to Understanding Mental Health Systems and Services in Texas, 2nd Edition, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, The University of Texas at Austin, 2014
·         Texas Behavioral Health Strategic Plan, Texas Department of State Health Services, June 2012
·         Comprehensive Analysis of Public Behavioral Health System (Rider 71 report background), Texas Department of State Health Services
 
Senate Committee on State Affairs  
Charge: Implementation of open carry (HB 910) and campus carry (SB 11)
 
January 27
Senate Committee on Transportation
Charge: State's Vehicle Inspection Program
·         Texas "Two Steps, One Sticker" Program Starts as a 'Square Dance', Texas Association of Counties, April 2, 2015
·         Vehicle Inspection and Two Steps One Sticker, Texas Department of Public Safety
 
Charge: Necessity of Driver Responsibility Program
·         Interim Report to the 84th Legislature (Charge 4), House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety, January 2015
·         An Audit Report on Selected Contracts at the Department of Public Safety (Chapter 3 - Driver Responsibility Program), State Auditor's Office, June 2013
·         Driver Responsibility Program (Issue Brief), Legislative Budget Board, January 2013
·         Texas State Government Effectiveness and Efficiency: Selected Issues and Recommendations (Driver Responsibility Program), Legislative Budget Board, January 2007
·         Driver Responsibility Program, Texas Department of Public Safety
 
Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief   
Charge: Property tax process
·         Texas State Government Effectiveness and Efficiency: Selected Issues and Recommendations (Property Appraisals), Legislative Budget Board, January 2015
·         Appraising the Appraisals: Local Values and Property Taxes, Texas Taxpayers and Research Association, July 2014
·         Interim Charge Recommendations to the 82nd Legislature (Property Tax System), Senate Committee on Finance, January 2011
·         Interim Report to the 82nd Texas Legislature (Property Tax Appraisals), House Committee on Ways & Means, January 2011
·         Interim Report (Property Tax Appraisal System), Senate Finance Subcommittee on Property Appraisal and Revenue Caps, January 2009
·         Interim Report to the 81st Legislature, House Select Committee on Property Tax Relief and Appraisal Reform, December 2008
·         Interim Report to the 81st Legislature (Charge 4), House Committee on Local Government Ways and Means, December 2008
·         Findings and Recommendations: a Report from the Texas Task Force on Appraisal Reform, Texas Task Force on Appraisal Reform, January 2007
·         Texas Property Tax System, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
 
Charge: Tax burden
·         "Lopsided Election Puts Political Target on Property Taxes," Austin American Statesman, November 9, 2015
·         "Property Tax Relief Comes With Big Cost to State," Texas Tribune, October 4, 2015
·         A Brief History of Texas Property Tax Relief Initiatives (Presentation), Texas Taxpayers and Research Association, May 20, 2008
 
 

Interim Hearings – Week of January 18

Interim Hearings – Week of January 18 
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.
 
January 20
House Committee on Higher Education
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of state agencies; new higher education strategic plan, 60x30TX
Topic: Expansion of educational offerings and programs
 
House Committee on Urban Affairs 
Charge 2: Cities' cybersecurity policy
House Select Committee on Transportation Planning   
Topics:
Update from TxDOT working group on project selection criteria, rules and policies for project prioritization and selection, and  funding categories (TxDOT)
What the latest Federal reauthorization bill means to Texas (TxDOT)
Comptroller estimates regarding both Proposition 1 and Proposition 7 funding for the upcoming year and the next biennium (Comptroller)
January 21
Joint Committee on Border Security
Topic: Status of the implementation of House Bill 11 (84th Legislative Session)
January 22
Charge: Sanctuary cities
 

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