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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
 

Interim Hearings – Week of July 7th

Interim Hearings – Week of July 7th
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 8th Top
House Research Organization Steering Committee
Topic: House Research Organization budget for fiscal 2015
 
July 9th Top
House Committee on Pensions
Charge: New reporting requirements proposed by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB)
 
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs

July 10th Top
House Committees on Appropriations - S/C on Articles I, IV, & V and Pensions (Joint Hearing, 9:00 a.m.) 
Charge: Fiscal impact of the Employees Retirement System (ERS) employee health care plan
 
House Committees on Appropriations - S/C on Article III and Pensions (Joint Hearing, 10:00 a.m.)
Charge: Health care for active public school employees, increases in premium and out-of-pocket costs
 
Charge: Fiscal impact of the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) health care plan (TRS-Care)
 
House Committees on Appropriations - S/C on Article III and Pensions (Joint Hearing, 1:00 p.m.)
Charge: Current public education funding formulas, whether items funded outside base formulas (Foundation School Program) should be included inside the formulas
 

Interim Hearings – Week of June 30th

Interim Hearings – Week of June 30th
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 30th Top
Joint Committee on Water Desalination
Topic: Water desalination, with special focus on brackish groundwater desalination
House Committee on Land & Resource Management
Charge: Regulatory authority of municipalities in extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ)
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs
 
July 1st Top
House Select Committee on Child Protection
Topics: Organizational hearing, issues related to child protection
 
 
Topic: Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF), part of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP)
Topic: Draft legislation on storage of ammonium nitrate and authority of first responders
 
Topic: Department of Public Safety on current border operations
 
July 2nd Top
Topics:
 
 

Interim Hearings – Week of June 23rd

Interim Hearings – Week of June 23rd
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 23rd Top
Senate Committee on Open Government
Charge: Transparency of information available on state websites regarding state expenditures, reports, and contracts
 
Senate Committee on Transportation
Invited testimony updates from the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and the Texas Department of Public Safety
Charge: Texas Department of Transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organization's progress on reducing congestion on the 100 Most Congested Roadway segments
 
Charge: Comprehensive Development Agreements (CDA) and Design/Build project delivery methods
 
Joint Committee on Water Desalination
Topic: Water desalination, with special focus on ocean and saltwater desalination
 
June 24th Top
Topics: Future reliability of all current state transportation funding sources; alternatives that may increase available state funding for transportation; use of debt financing in state transportation funding, including the uses of the Texas Mobility Fund; alternative transportation funding options used nationally and internationally
 
June 25th Top
House Committee on Natural Resources
Charge: Groundwater availability, management, and development, brackish groundwater, and groundwater district permitting
 
Charge: Protection of privately owned lands in state's water supply and environmental flows
 
Charge: Aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) projects
 
June 26th Top
House Committee on Natural Resources
Charge: Implementation of HB 4 and SJR 1, 83rd Legislature, R.S., and progress of Texas Water Development Board to provide a stable, long-term funding source for the State Water Plan
 
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies and programs
 

Interim Hearings - Week of June 16th

Interim Hearings - Week of June 16th 
 
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: Administration of new state funding to expand behavioral health services; public mental health system funding methodology
 
Joint Committee on Water Desalination
Invited and public testimony regarding water desalination
 
Charge: Implementation of provisions of SB 7, 83rd Legislature, R.S., and Article II Special Provisions Section 48 regarding the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
 
Charge: Implementation of cost-containment initiatives in health and human services programs directed by Health and Human Services Commission Rider 51 (Medicaid Funding Reduction and Cost Containment)
 
Senate Committee on Government Organization
Charge: State agencies' mandated reporting practices
 
Charge: Implementation of SB 1597, 83rd Legislature, R.S., relating to state agency information security plans
 

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