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Interim Hearings - Week of May 30

Interim Hearings - Week of May 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.
June 1 Top
House Committee on Insurance
Charge 2: Transparency and adequacy of health care networks, consumer protection relating to out-of-network services
Organizational meeting
 
House Committee on Natural Resources
Charge 1: Regional and state water planning processes
Charge 6: Joint groundwater planning, including HB 200, 84th Legislature, R.S.; groundwater ownership, access, and management
Charge 9: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies, including review of surface water permitting in Texas
June 2 Top
House Committee on Defense & Veterans' Affairs
Topic 1: Maintaining military value of defense installations and communities
Charge 1: Encroachment on military bases
Charge 2: Real Estate property disclosures of proximity to military installations
Charge 4: Minimize negative consequences of a potential forthcoming BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) round
Charge 5: Impact of sequestration and federal defense spending on Texas military
Topic 2: Education and employment barriers for veterans
Charge 6: Education/employment barriers for veterans; college credit for service-related training in the armed forces
Topic 3: Oversight of legislation passed by committee
Charge 7: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies
 
House Select Committee on Mental Health
Topic: Mental/behavioral health care services in Texas, including health insurance plans and law enforcement/criminal justice
 

Interim Hearings - Week of May 23

Interim Hearings - Week of May 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.
May 23 Top
House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock
Charge 1: Policy challenges to the state's agriculture and livestock industry
 
 
Charge 4: Windblown trash
Invited Testimony
 
Charge 5: Appraisal of agricultural land
 
House Committee on Environmental Regulation
Charge 1: Household hazardous waste disposal
Charge 4: Scrap tire management and disposal
Charge 5: Legislative oversight and monitoring
 
House Committee on Urban Affairs
Charge 3: Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs low-income tax credit, compliance with U.S. Supreme Court decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs et al. v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., et al. on fair housing in Texas
Charge 4: Housing programs and policies in Texas, compliance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rules
Charge 5: Low-income housing availability
Charge 7: Legislative oversight and monitoring, including Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
 
Charge: Surface water and groundwater
May 24 Top
Joint charge: Emerging technologies used by law enforcement and issues related to appropriate dissemination of the data
May 25 Top
Joint charge: Criminal records
Charge: Public information
Charge: Commercial motor vehicles
House Committee on Transportation
Topic: Utility relocation issues on state right-of-way construction and maintenance projects
Topic: Toll revenues and total debt service
Topic: TxDOT Rail Division
Topic: TxDOT Rural Transit Division
Topic: Texas ports 
·        Interim Hearings – Week of May 2, Senate Select Committee on Texas Ports, Legislative Reference Library, May 4, 2016
 
Topic: DMV processing and handling fee
Topic: Financial forecast relating to transportation funding (testimony from Comptroller Hegar)
 
Topic: Finance options used in other states to fund transportation infrastructure
Topic: Design-build contracts
 

Interim Hearings - Week of May 16

Interim Hearings - Week of May 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.
May 16 Top
House Committee on County Affairs
Topic: Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program 1115 Waiver
Topic: Counties involvement in Child Protective Services (CPS) cases
House Committees on County Affairs and Urban Affairs (Joint Hearing) 
Joint charge: Risk and mitigation of wildfires, floods, and other natural hazards in the wildland-urban interface; natural disasters
House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
Charge: Asset forfeiture
Senate Committee on Higher Education
Charge: Current funding methods for both general academic institutions and community colleges, performance-based funding for community colleges
Charge: Funding for GAIs (General Academic Institutions) and HRIs (Health Related Institutions), tuition-revenue generating special items and formula and research funding for new medical schools
May 17 Top
House Committees on Corrections and Criminal Jurisprudence (Joint Hearing) 
Charge: Probation & parole - fees and revocations
House Committees on Human Services and Urban Affairs
Charge: Boarding homes
Senate Committee on Criminal Justice
Charge 3: Reentry programs provided by TDCJ and the Windham School, including inmates in administrative segregation; Certified Peer Support Services; Darrington Seminary Program   
Charge 4: Pretrial diversion and treatment programs   
Charge 5: Dissemination of bulk criminal records   
Charge 6: Costs for family members to maintain contact with incarcerated family members    
 
Senate Committee on Finance
Charge: Strengthening restriction on appropriations established in Article VIII, Section 22 of the state constitution (spending cap)
Senate Committee on Health & Human Services  
Topic: Zika virus
May 18 Top
House Committee on Appropriations
Charge 1 (partial): Dedicated accounts, budget transparency
Charge 3: Texas constitutional spending limits, comparison to other states
Joint Legislative Committee on Health & Human Services Transition, Oversight  
Invited testimony
 
May 19 Top
Topic: Cost reporting process for long term programs
House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence  
Charge 1: Trafficking
Charge 4: Jury service
Charge 6: Lemon law
House Committee on Public Health
Charge: Improving birth outcomes
Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations
Charge 1: Extraterritorial jurisdiction expansion and municipal annexation process
 

Interim Hearings - Week of May 9

Interim Hearings - Week of May 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.
May 10 Top
House Committee on Higher Education
Charge 3: College affordability and accessibility with a focus on middle-class students; tuition, financial aid, student debt
Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief
Charge: Property tax process
Charge: Tax burden
May 11  Top
House Committee on General Investigating & Ethics
Charge 2: Contracting practices at major state agencies
House Committee on Public Education
Charge: Teacher-student relationships 
Charge: Broadband services  for schools, libraries, and institutions of higher education
 
House Committee on Public Education
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring (invited testimony only)

 

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Interim Hearings - Week of May 2

Interim Hearings - Week of May 2
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.
 
 
May 2
Charge 17: State parks system funding, recent legislation including the General Appropriations Act, HB 158, and SB 1366, 84th R.S.
House Committee on Environmental Regulation  
Charge 2: Surface water management compliance
 
Charge 3: Local environmental regulation initiatives; resolve ambiguous regulations regarding priority of state or local authority
 
May 3
House Committees on Economic & Small Business Development and Public Education (Joint Hearing)   
Joint charge: Partnerships between higher education institutions, public school districts, and workforce that promote postsecondary readiness 
 
Rules and laws limiting employers from providing internships or apprenticeships 
Workforce training, incentivizing business to invest in training 
 
May 4
Senate Committee on Business & Commerce
Topic: Penalty calculations under the current prompt payment of health care claim laws and regulations
 
Topic: Implementation of legislation, specifically legislation intended to further protect consumers from the balance billing process
Eightieth Legislature, Regular Session, 2007, Texas Department of Insurance, January 2009
 
Senate Select Committee on Texas Ports
Topic: Committee rules and organizational business
Topic: Economic impact of inland waterways, coastal ports, and inland ports on the state economy
 
Topic: Future impact of Panama Canal expansion on Texas ports
 
Charge: Interstate Compact: cost-benefit analysis of a potential interstate compact on border security, and the constitutional and legal questions
 
Topic: TDCJ invited testimony answering questions from previous hearing on PEP
  • Interim Hearings - Week of March 21, Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs & Military Installations, Subcommittee on Border Security, Legislative Reference Library, March 14, 2016
 
May 5
Charge 15: Higher education funding formulas
 
Joint Interim Committee to Study Border Security
Topic: Implementation of HB 11, 84th Legislature, R.S., and additional border security efforts
 

Interim Hearings - Week of April 25

Interim Hearings - Week of April 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.
April 25 Top
House Committee on Business & Industry    
Charge: Texas businesses' utilization of the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit
 
April 26 Top
Joint Charge: Manufacturing and trade
House Committee on Natural Resources
Charge 4: Seawater desalination
Charge 5: Funds available to Texas in relation to 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Charge 9: Legislative oversight and monitoring
 
Senate Committee on Higher Education    
Charge: Tuition and student debt, specifically: Texas comparison to peer states, variance between institutions, accountability measures, and increases in tuition since 2003
 
April 27 Top
Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief
Charge: Property tax process
Charge: Tax burden
House Select Committee on Mental Health 
Mental/behavioral health care services in Texas, including early identification, crisis intervention, access to care, continuity of care, coordination of services related to an integrated system of care, delivery of care in rural, urban, and underserved areas; workforce challenges
 
April 28 Top
Charge: Small business expansion and growth
House Committees on Economic & Small Business Development and Energy Resources (Joint Hearing) 
Joint Charge: Impacts of declining price of oil and continuously depressed price of natural gas on the Texas economy and the fiscal implications for the Texas budget 
House Select Committee on Emerging Issues In Texas Law Enforcement
Charge 3: Law enforcement training and professional needs
 
House Committee on State Affairs
Charge: Human fetal tissue for medical and scientific purposes
Charge: State contracting procedures (a revised notice dated 4/18/2016 removed this charge from the agenda)
Charge: Disaster preparedness
Charge: Continued operation of the state government and economy
House Select Committee on Mental Health  
Mental/behavioral health care services in Texas (see April 27)
 

Interim Hearings - Week of April 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.
April 19 Top
House Committee on Appropriations
Charge 1 (partial): Potential fiscal policy challenges or economic disruptions in the 2016-17 biennium, including impact of oil and natural gas price declines on the Texas economy
Charge 5: Accumulation of funds in the Texas Economic Stabilization Fund, particularly in light of HB 903, 84th Legislature, R.S.; accuracy of prior ESF revenue predictions, feasibility of long-term projections
Senate Committee on Education CANCELLED
Charge: Digital learning, expansion of broadband access in school districts and student homes
April 20 Top
Charge: Implementation of HB 9, 84th Legislature, R.S., and updated projections towards actuarial soundness of the Employees Retirement System; cost of living adjustments or "13th Checks" to retired state employees
House Committee on Juvenile Justice & Family Issues CANCELLED
Organizational meeting
 
Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
Charge: Higher acuity children with trauma and mental illness in the state foster care system
Charge: Disrupted foster care adoptions
Charge: Current Child Protective Services process to track recurrence of child abuse and neglect
April 21 Top
Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
Topic: Update from the Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Commission on efforts to reform the Office of the Inspector General, and on the IG Integrity Initiative
Charge: Refugees relocating to Texas, Refugee Resettlement Program
 
 

Interim Hearings - Week of April 11

Interim Hearings - Week of April 11
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 11 Top
Joint Interim Committee to Study a Coastal Barrier System
Topic: Desirability and feasibility of constructing a coastal barrier system
April 12 Top
Charge 1: Cybersecurity of financial institutions
Charge 4: Community bank consolidation
Charge 5: Investment climate and resources available to businesses
April 13 Top
House Committee on Pensions
Charge: Public pension funds
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring
 
Senate Committee on State Affairs
Charge: Changes made to the Employment Retirement System regarding member contributions and proposed reforms to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Charge: Electronic voting program for certain military members serving overseas
Joint Committee on TRS Health Benefit Plans
Topic: Health benefit plans administered by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas; TRS-ActiveCare
April 14 Top
Charge:  Improving military value at military installations
 

Interim Hearings - Week of April 4

Interim Hearings - Week of April 4
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 5 Top
Charge: State cybersecurity policies and safety of personal information held by state agencies
Charge: Purchasing practices by state agencies
Charge: Commercial cloud computing by state agencies and institutions of higher education
House Committee on Public Health
Charge 2: Chronic disease in Texas; direct and indirect costs associated with obesity, tobacco, and other related chronic health conditions
House Committee on Urban Affairs
Charge: Cities' cybersecurity policies
 
April 6 Top
Charge: Local economic development programs and economic development corporations
Charge:  Economic development incentives and regulations
Charge 10: Texas Medicaid programs providing long-term services and supports to adults or children with medical, physical, or intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)  
 
Charge 12: Historical growth of Texas Medicaid program, caseload and cost trends, Medicaid policy initiatives 
April 7 Top
Charges 10 and 12, continued
 
House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism
Charge 4: Tourism, youth education, and economic development through heritage, cultural, recreational, historical, and nature programs and preservation practices; economic impact of state parks and state and state and local historic sites, the Texas Heritage Trails Program, the Alamo Mission Complex, and rural community revitalization in promoting recreation and heritage tourism
 

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
 

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