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Week in Review, July 24th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Read a report about jury participation in Texas. (Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, June 2014)
  • Listen to a discussion about the recent surge in numbers of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America and Mexico. (Migration Policy Institute, June 25, 2014)
  • Review recent data on court appearances of unaccompanied immigrant children. (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University, July 15, 2014)
  • Consider two court rulings that will impact subsidies for buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. (Kaiser Health News, July 22, 2014)

Week in Review, July 17th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • See how much each state taxes a gallon of gasoline. (The Washington Post, July 9, 2014)
  • Track air pollution in the United States over the past decade. (NASA, June 26, 2014)
  • Explore how drought is affecting California and other western states. (National Geographic, July 15, 2014)
  • Consider how drought can affect public health over time. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July 14, 2014)
  • Examine the safety of vaccines used to immunize children in the United States. (Pediatrics, July 1, 2014)
  • Find out where Texas ranks among the states for food and drink. (Thrillist, July 6, 2014)

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
 

Week in Review, July 10th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Read about unaccompanied immigrant children and the recent surge in their numbers at the border with Mexico. (Congressional Research Service, June 23, 2014)
  • See why blood pressure monitoring kiosks aren't always accurate. (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, June 24, 2014)
  • Track the status of the legality of gay marriage in the states. (The Washington Post, June 25, 2014)
  • Examine programs that prepare teachers for the classroom. (National Council on Teacher Quality, 2014)

Week in Review, July 3rd

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Examine the connection between school discipline and the dropout rate. (Council of State Governemnts Knowledge Center, June 5, 2014)
  • Consider the criminal enforcement of federal immigration laws. (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University, June 26, 2014)
  • Find out the water quality of your favorite beach. (National Resources Defense Council, Summer 2014)
  • Explore whether student debt is leading to an economic crisis. (Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings, June 2014)
  • Check out a new healthy eating and lifestyle resource center. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 23, 2014)

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
 

Week in Review, June 26th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Read a report on unaccompanied immigrant children leaving Central America and Mexico. (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, March 12, 2014)
  • Review the Survey of Texas Black-Owned Businesses. (Bureau of Business Research, June 2014)
  • See how the U.S. Supreme Court justices have ruled in cases decided in 2014. (The New York Times, updated June 25, 2014)
  • Examine the effects of Medicaid expansion decisions in the southern states. (JAMA, June 25, 2014)

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
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Week in Review, June 19th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Read about two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court related to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate. (Kaiser Health News, June 13, 2014)
  • Examine the walkability of metro areas. (George Washington University School of Business, ©2014)
  • Consider ways to ensure eligible beneficiaries participate in the National School Lunch Program. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, May 2014)
  • Explore historic photos of national parks. (National Parks System, accessed June 18, 2014)
  • Observe Juneteenth and read about the day's Texas origins. (Handbook of Texas Online, last modified on June 17, 2013)

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
 

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