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Interim Hearings – Week of August 10th

Interim Hearings – Week of August 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.
 
August 11th
House Committee on Transportation
Topic: Update from the Department of Motor Vehicles on legislation passed in 84th or related issues
Topic: Utility relocation issues on state right-of-way construction and maintenance projects
Topic: Update on HB 1 from the 3rd called Special Session of the 83rd Legislative Session
 
Topic: Update on any proposed policy changes or revisions to the Unified Transportation Program (UTP)
Topic: Update on toll collection issues, contracts, and third party monitoring
Topic: Update on development of the ten year plans for Metropolitan Planning Organizations
 

Week in Review, July 30th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
 
 

Week in Review, July 23rd

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
 

Interim Hearings - Week of July 27th

Interim Hearings – Week of July 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.
 
July 29th
Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
Charge: Examine the business practices and regulatory structure of Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas, and investigate whether state or federal laws are being broken by Planned Parenthood and/or its affiliates in Texas in regards to the donation and/or sale of fetal tissue. Consider recommendations to strengthen regulations on abortion providers, including further restrictions on the sale of fetal tissue by these entities.
July 30th
House Committee on County Affairs
Topic: Jail standards, procedures with regards to potentially mentally ill persons in county jails, as well as issues stemming from interactions between the general public and peace officers.
 
 

New Report: Sunset Commission Final Results, 2014-15

The Sunset Commission’s last report of the 2014–2015 cycle, Final Results of Sunset Reviews, is now available on the Sunset Advisory Commission's website
 
"This comprehensive report briefly summarizes the final results of each Sunset review, including both legislative actions and nonstatutory management directives. Despite the failure of four bills, the 84th Legislature adopted 72 percent of the Commission’s 185 recommendations through Sunset legislation or other related legislation. The legislation is estimated to have a positive fiscal impact of some $38 million."
- Ken Levine, Director of the Sunset Advisory Commission
 
A diagram of how the Sunset process works is available via the Sunset Advisory Commission's website.  
 
 
 
 
 
Cover image by Pixabay user gsbarber.
 

Week in Review, July 16th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Consider issues related to the proper care of unaccompanied alien children in federal custody. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, July 2015)
  • Review the effects of drought in the West and ways to manage water supplies in times of drought. (Western Governors' Association, June 2015)
  • Explore resources related to aging. (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, accessed July 15, 2015)
  • Read about the NSA collecting telecommunications content of non-target Americans. (The Washington Post, July 5, 2015)
  • Looks at graphs representing the living arrangements of adults. (U.S. Census Bureau, accessed July 15, 2015)
  • Check out newly-developed athletic shoe technology for people with disabilities. (Huffington Post, July 14, 2015)
 
 

Signed Copies of Bills from the 84th R.S.

Signed copies of bills from the 84th and 83rd Legislatures, with session law chapter numbers, are made available online on the Secretary of State's Bills and Resolutions page.
 
You can determine whether a bill sent to the Governor was signed or filed without signature by checking the bill in the Texas Legislature Online. If the bill passed but was filed without signature, you will see the action "Filed without the Governor's signature."
 
Signed copies from the 78th - 83rd Legislatures are available online at the University of North Texas Laws and Resolutions Archive.
 
For questions about bill/chapter numbers for bills from the 84th R.S., please contact the Secretary of State's office at (512) 463-5561.
 

Texas School Finance Lawsuit

The Texas Supreme Court has set a September 1, 2015 hearing date for the Texas school finance case. Below are resources related to the case, as well as other helpful information regarding school finance in Texas.
 
The case:
 
 
By: Travis County District Court, 200th Judicial District
 
Related resources:
 
School finance manuals Texas Education Agency
Includes School Finance 101, an overview of public school funding in Texas.
 
An introduction to school finance in Texas (Revised June 2014) Texas Taxpayers and Research Association
 
School finance National Conference of State Legislatures
Information on state role in funding education, education finance litigation, and trends in education funding.
 
Tribpedia: school finance The Texas Tribune
 
"Chapter 41 of the Texas Education Code makes provisions for certain school districts to share their local tax revenue with other school districts." 
 
Cover image by flickr user Province of British Columbia.

Week in Review, July 9th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Read about the effects of marijuana legalization in Washington. (Drug Policy Alliance, July 2015)
  • See how much states are getting in federal funds for Medicaid. (National Association of State Budget Officers, June 25, 2015)
  • Consider the heroin epidemic in the United States. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July 7, 2015)
  • Search the police shootings database. (The Washington Post, accessed July 8, 2015)
 
 

Bill Effective Dates, 84th Legislature

On September 1, 2015 provisions of 704 bills passed during the regular session of the 84th Legislature will take effect.
 
Additionally, sections of bills passed during the 83rd Legislature and 82nd 1st C.S. in 2011 will take effect on September 1.
 
To keep up with new laws throughout the year, check the Library's list of bill effective dates.
 

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