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Interim Hearings - Week of September 12

Interim Hearings - Week of September 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.
September 12 Top
Senate Committee on Higher Education
Charge: Regional workforce needs in the state, baccalaureate degrees at public community colleges
Charge: Implementation of legislation, specifically:
  1. Initiatives designed to create effective, clear transfer pathways for students, including the newly enacted multidisciplinary studies associate degree
  2. Implementation and progress of the Math and Science Scholars Loan Repayment Program
  3. Progress of pilot program enacted by the 83rd Legislature relating to improving student loan default rates and financial aid literacy among postsecondary students
 
September 13 Top
House Committees on Defense & Veterans' Affairs and Higher Education (Joint Hearing) 
Joint charge: Hazlewood Act
 
House Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility
Charge 1: Extent to which state regulation and policy are influenced by mandates attached to federal funding
Charge 2: Resolutions approved by the Legislature during recent legislative sessions calling on the federal government to take certain actions, and actions taken
 
Charge 3: Texas statutes prohibiting or restricting investment in foreign nations
 
Topic: Article V
Senate Committee on Education
Charge: Digital learning, school broadband access
Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation, specifically legislation to establish criteria for alternative measures of assessments to meet high school graduation requirements
 
Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation and riders, including but not limited to:
  • The impact of changes made by the Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Protective Services on child safety, workforce retention, prevention, and permanency;
  • Initiatives to reduce Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse, and other cost containment strategies, including examining the processes and procedures used by managed care organizations to address Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse; and
  • The consolidation and expansion of women's health programs at the Health and Human Services Commission.
Charge: Impact of the Section 1115 Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program Waiver; other mechanisms to control costs and increase quality and efficiency in the Medicaid program, including the pursuit of a block grant or a Section 1332 Medicaid State Innovation Waiver
September 14 Top
Joint Legislative Committee on Health & Human Services Transition, Oversight
Charge: Short-term lending industry in Texas, consumer access to credit, consumer protections
Charge 2: Family law and parent-child relationship statutes and application of foreign law
Charge 3: Self-represented litigants
Charge 5: Implementation of expedited action provisions of HB 274, 82nd Legislature, R.S.
Senate Committee on Education
Charge: School choice, education savings account and tax credit scholarship programs
Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation, specifically:
Senate Committee on State Affairs  
Charge: Guardianships 
Charge: Public integrity unit under authority of Texas Rangers 
 
Charge: Practice of using public funds and employees for the payment processing of union dues 
Senate Committee on Transportation
Topic: Overview and update from the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Texas Department of Public Safety
Charge: New and anticipated revenue appropriated to the Texas Department of Transportation and recommendations that address project prioritization and selection, effectiveness of staffing levels and project delivery methods
Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation, specifically:
1.      Progress of the Texas Department of Transportation's efforts to propose a plan to eliminate toll roads
2.      Removing eminent domain authority from private toll corporations
3.      Ending the issuing of any new debt from the Texas Mobility Fund (TMF) and prohibiting future use of the TMF on toll projects
 
September 15 Top
Senate Committee on Finance                 
Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation, specifically:
  1. Tax relief provided to property owners
  2. Gradual phase out of the franchise tax
  3. Support for and the enhancement of graduate medical education
  4. Efforts of the Department of Information Resources (DIR) to modernize the technology of state agencies
  5. Implementation of required changes to state agency contracting, purchasing, and accounting procedures
  6. Monitor the implementation of Health and Human Services Commission Rider 50

 
Senate Select Committee on Texas Ports
Topic: Economic impact that inland waterways, coastal ports and inland ports have on the state economy
Topic: Future impact that the Panama Canal expansion will have on Texas ports
 

Interim Hearings - Week of September 5

Interim Hearings - Week of September 5
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 7
House Committee on Juvenile Justice & Family Issues    
Charge 1: Youth recruited into human trafficking, pipeline from foster care
 
Charge 2: Data collection and sharing practices between Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD), and local juvenile probation departments
Charge 3: Early education and parenting support and education programs, implementation of HB 2630, 84th Legislature, R.S.
Charge 4: Juvenile justice regionalization planning and implementation of SB 1630, 84th Legislature, R.S.
Charge 5: Juvenile justice penalties and sanctions determined by or disallowed by age of the juvenile
 
Charge 6: Family Code's treatment of grandparents in the parent-child relationship, changes to address the growing population of grandparents
Charge 7: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies
 

Interim Hearings - Week of August 29

Interim Hearings - Week of August 29
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 29 Top
House Committee on County Affairs 
Charge: County cybersecurity policies
 
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies, including Child Protective Services, 1115 Transformation Waiver, and criminal justice programs in Bexar County
 
August 30 Top
House Committee on Transportation
Topic: TxDOT Rail Division
Topic: TxDOT Rural Transit Division
Topic: TxDOT General Aviation Division
Topic: TxDOT HB 2612 report
Topic: TxDOT on utility relocation
Topic: Presentation from TTI on Transportation Network Companies
House Select Committee on Transportation Planning
Topic: Update from TxDOT working group on project selection criteria, rules and policies for project prioritization and selection, and funding categories
August 31 Top
House Committee on Urban Affairs
Charge 1: Demographic trends in Texas for affordable housing and senior housing 
Charge 2: Gentrification's effect on affordable housing 
Charge 3: Guidelines for the appraisal of Affordable Housing Properties financed with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) 
Charge 4: Current Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs preservation programs for rural rental housing 
 
 

Interim Hearings - Week of August 22

Interim Hearings - Week of August 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.
Week of August 22
August 22 Top
House Committee on Land & Resource Management
Charge: Coastal erosion
Charge: Natural disaster preparedness and response 
August 23 Top
House Committee on Special Purpose Districts
Charge 1: Municipal Management Districts and/or Improvement Districts 
 
Charge 2: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies, including opportunities to streamline the purpose of multiple districts created within the same area, while maintaining the mission of special purpose districts
House Committee on Licensing & Administrative Procedures   
Charge: Occupational licensing
Charge: Regulatory functions across agencies and departments
Charge: Powdered alcohol and impact on underage drinking
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies
 
Senate Committee on Criminal Justice
Charge 7: Civil asset forfeiture laws
Topic: Bullying in Texas schools, cyberbullying in the digital age
Senate Committee on Higher Education
Charge: Tuition and fee waivers and exemptions, tuition set-asides, financial aid
August 24 Top
Charge 13: Review of current public education programs administered by the Texas Education Agency that are funded outside of the Foundation School Program
House Committee on Defense & Veterans' Affairs
Topic 1: Maintaining military value of defense installations and communities
House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
Charge 1: GPS monitoring in protective orders, family violence prevention
August 25 Top
Joint Interim Committee to Study Development of a Cruise Industry
Topic: Development and potential economic impact of a cruise industry on the Texas coast between Calhoun and Cameron counties
 
 
 

Interim Hearings - Week of August 15

Interim Hearings - Week of August 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.
August 15 Top
House Committee on State Affairs
Charge: Contracting monitoring, compliance, performance evaluation and notification requirements for contracting procedures
Charge: Administrative process used to determine utility rates
Charge: How Public Utility Commission of Texas and utility providers can ensure consumer protection regarding metering devices for water, gas, and electricity service
Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations
Charge 2: Home rule municipalities, adoption of ordinances
Charge 4: Municipal management districts (MMDs)
Charge 5: Statutes and Rules that govern Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs in light of the recent Supreme Court decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs et al. v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., et al.
Charge 6: Government accountability in elections - improve transparency regarding public debt
August 16 Top
 
House Select Committee on Mental Health
Invited testimony on Mental/behavioral health care services in Texas, including, but not limited to substance abuse, homelessness,  veterans, gaps in programs, and improving delivery of services
Senate Committee on Education
Charge: School board governance policies and practices, school board training requirements, suggestions for better student outcomes, particularly within the framework set for low-performing schools in HB 1842, 84th Legislature, R.S.
Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation, specifically initiatives to build a high-quality pre-kindergarten grant program; and legislation to raise standards of teacher preparation programs and establish a more consistent, high-quality accountability system
August 17 Top
House Select Committee on Mental Health
Public testimony on mental health/behavioral health care services in Texas
 
August 18 Top
Joint Interim Committee on Advertising Public Notices
Topic: Rules and organizational business
Topic: Use of technology in posting and advertising to the public of legally required notices
 

Interim Hearings - Week of August 1

Interim Hearings - Week of August 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.
August 2 Top
House Research Organization Steering Committee
Topic: House Research Organization budget for fiscal 2017
 
August 3 Top
Senate Committee on Education
Charge: Comprehensive performance review of all public schools in Texas
 
Charge: Structure and performance of Harris County Department of Education and Dallas County Schools
  • Texas Education Code § 11.301, Application of Former Law
  • Vernon's Texas Codes Annotated, Texas Education Code, Volume 2, Title 2 - Appendix - Former Chapters with Continued Application (Former Education Code Chapter 17, County Administration and Chapter 18, Countywide Equalization Fund or County Unit System of Equalization Taxation), Library Call Number: LAW-TEX
 
 
 
Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation, specifically legislation to require a minimum number of minutes of instruction for each school year
August 4 Top
House Committee on County Affairs 
Charge: County cybersecurity policies
Charge: Texas Commission on Jail Standards, resources and structure in oversight, regulation, and enforcement of county jails 
Charge: Internet publication of mug shots and criminal history information  
Charge: Services provided by sheriffs and constables and whether fee schedules allow cost recovery
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies, including Child Protective Services and 1115 Transformation Waiver
 

Interim Hearings - Week of July 25

Interim Hearings - Week of July 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.
 
July 25
Charge: Surface water and groundwater
 
Charge: State Water Plan
 
Charge: Monitor implementation of legislation, specifically monitor the Texas Water Development Board's process in the identification and designation of brackish groundwater zones
 
Topic: Report and testimony from the Comptroller of Public Accounts regarding the financial condition of this state
 

Interim Hearings - Week of July 18

Interim Hearings - Week of July 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.
July 18 Top
Charge: Funding the state's transportation including Proposition 1, 83rd 3rd C.S., and Proposition 7, 84th R.S.; budget structure for TxDOT
 
July 19 Top
House Committee on Appropriations
Charge 16: Effectiveness of the Department of Public Safety's use of border security funds, border security metrics
House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Articles I, IV & V  Charge: Deferred maintenance and physical plant needs of state buildings
 
July 21Top
House Committee on County Affairs 
Charge: County cybersecurity policies
 
Charge: Texas Commission on Jail Standards, resources and structure in oversight, regulation, and enforcement of county jails 
 
Charge: Internet publication of mug shots and criminal history information  
 
Charge: Services provided by sheriffs and constables and whether fee schedules allow cost recovery
 
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies, including Child Protective Services and 1115 Transformation Waiver
 
Joint Oversight Committee on Government Facilities 
Topic: Status of deferred maintenance and new buildings in the Capitol Complex and North Austin Complex approved by the 84th Legislature
 

Interim Hearings - Weeks of July 4 and 11

Interim Hearings - Weeks of July 4 and 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.
July 7 Top
House Committee on County Affairs
Charge: Texas Commission on Jail Standards, resources and structure in oversight, regulation, and enforcement of county jails 
Charge: Internet publication of mug shots and criminal history information  
Charge: Risk and mitigation of wildfires, floods, and other natural hazards in the wildland-urban interface; natural disasters  
Charge: County cybersecurity policies
Charge: Services provided by sheriffs and constables and whether fee schedules allow cost recovery
Charge: Legislative oversight and monitoring of agencies, including Child Protective Services and 1115 Transformation Waiver
July 12 Top
House Committee on General Investigating & Ethics
Charge 4: State agencies' use of emergency leave and settlement payments
House Committee on Human Services
Charge 3: Foster care system
July 13 Top
House Committees on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Article II and Public Health (Joint Hearing)
Joint charge: Trauma system in the state of Texas
Charge 9: Hospital reimbursement methodologies, including rural and children's hospitals; extension of the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement 1115 waiver
Topic: State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT)
 

Interim Hearings - Week of June 20

Interim Hearings - Week of June 20
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 20   Top
Charge: State Water Plan
June 21  Top
House Committee on Higher Education
Charge 6: Educational opportunities for non-traditional students, adult learners
June 23  Top
Overview of Sunset process and schedule; approval of operating budget and rules; discussion and approval of changes to across-the-board recommendations
Staff presentation and public testimony (public input form for agencies under review)
 

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