LRL Home - What's New - Posts by TexasLRL

Week in Review, April 17th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Consider the public's changing attitudes about drug policy. (Pew Research Center, April 2, 2014)
  • Explore the economic significance of more women working full time and year-round. (Center for American Progress, April 2014)
  • See which states produced the most wind-generated electricity in 2013. (U.S. Energy Information Administration, April 15, 2014)
  • Examine consumers' use of payday loans. (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, March 2014)

Interim Hearings – Week of April 21st

Interim Hearings – Week of April 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.
 
April 22nd
House Committee on Business & Industry
Charge: Voluntary nature of workers' compensation in Texas
 
Charge: Misclassifying employees as independent contractors
 
Charge: Legislative oversight
 
House Committees on Corrections and Criminal Jurisprudence (Joint Hearing, 10:00 a.m.)
Charge: Association between co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorders and parole revocation among TDCJ inmates; dual mental health diagnosis
 
House Committee on Corrections (2:00 p.m.)
Charge: Juvenile justice outcome-based financing models that allow the state to partner with private investors and innovative service providers
 
House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence (2:00 p.m.) 
Charge: Mental health services for juveniles in the justice system, mental health needs of youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system
 
House Committee on Public Education
Charge: Student achievement at chronically underperforming schools, alternative governance
April 23rd
House Committee on Urban Affairs
Topics: organizational hearing, committee schedule, invited testimony from Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and Texas Commission on Fire Protection 
 
April 24th
Charge: Economic development incentives
 
Charge: Governor's Office of Economic Development and Tourism and effectiveness on economic development in Texas
 
House Committees on Technology and Ways and Means (Joint Hearing, 10:00 a.m.)
Charge: Regulatory and tax policy for technology infrastructure
 
House Committee on Technology (2:00 p.m.)
Charge: Abuses in the patent system
 
April 25th
House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism
Topic: Coastal tourism and drought impact on Rio Grande turkey populations and wildlife management practices
 

Week in Review, April 10th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Track the wellbeing of U.S. children across various demographics. (Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, Brandeis University, March 12, 2014)
  • Examine the current state of Medicaid expansion decisions and the effect on poor uninsured adults. (Kaiser Family Foundation, April 2, 2014)
  • Compare election administration performance among the states. (Pew Charitable Trusts, April 8, 2014)
  • Read about an increase in calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 3, 2014)
 

Interim Hearings – Week of April 14th

 
 
April 14th
Charge: Explosion in West, Texas on April 17, 2013
Charge: Driver Responsibility Program
House Committee on Public Health
Charge: Compounding pharmacies, impact of SB 1100, 83rd Legislature, R.S.
Charge: Biologic and follow-on biologic (biosimilar) pharmaceutical products
House Committee on Transportation
Charge: Texas port system
Charge: Passenger and freight rail
Charge: Legislative oversight
Senate Committee on Education
Charge: Redesign of high school English end-of-course exams; STAAR accommodations; redesign of STAAR Alternate exam
Charge: Implementation of HB 5, 83rd Legislature, R.S.
April 15th
House Committee on Human Services
Charge: Foster Care Redesign and impact on child welfare system
Charge: Texas adoption process
Senate Committee on Higher Education
Charge: Closing the Gaps by 2015 and next set of long term higher education goals
Charge: Employment and workforce opportunities for veterans
Charge: Implementation of veteran occupational licensure bills in 83rd Legislature
April 17th
Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations
Charge: Transparency in the authorization, issuance, and appropriation of debt at the local level
Charge: Fiscal impact of bonds issued by local government

Week in Review, April 3rd

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Examine public education state rankings and statistics. (National Education Association, March 12, 2014)
  • Explore the 2012 Economic Census Advance Report, notable for highlighting significant increases in oil and gas mining and extraction. (U.S. Census Bureau, March 26, 2014)
  • Read about state Medicaid coverage of tobacco cessation treatments. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 28, 2014)
  • Consider how public support for the death penalty is on the decline, although a majority of people still support it. (Pew Research Center, March 28, 2014)

Week in Review, March 27th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Check out statistics on the Texas Triangle. (America 2050, Regional Plan Association, 2014)
  • Examine the financial impact of for-profit colleges in California, New York, Ohio, and Texas. (Nexus Research and Policy Center, March 2014)
  • Consider rising retirement confidence levels. (Employee Benefit Research Institute, March 2014)
  • Read about greehouse gas emission standards in cars and trucks. (Congressional Research Service, March 13, 2014)
  • Review the 2012 census of agriculture. (U.S. Department of Agriculture, February 2014)

Interim Hearings – Weeks of March 31st and April 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.
 
April 3rd
Charge: Venture capital investment
April 7th
House Committee on Public Health
 
Charge #1: Nonmedical prescription drug abuse
 
Charge #5: State immunization registry; pertussis cases
Charge: Border security and illegal immigration
 
Charge: Crime statistics reporting in Texas, including border crime
 
Charge: Second Amendment and open carry
 
April 10th
Charge: Public-private partnerships
House Committee on Elections
Charge: Help America Vote Act (HAVA)
Charge: Interstate Voter Crosscheck Program
Charge: MOVE Act
 

Week in Review, March 20th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Explore poverty data on suburban areas. (Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, 2014)
  • Consider the overall decline in crime rates and imprisonment. (Pew Charitable Trusts, March 14, 2014)
  • Read about the Trade Promotion Authority and whether Congress might renew the authority. (Congressional Research Service, January 13, 2014)
  • Examine conditions and performance of the federal highway system. (Federal Highway Administration, January 31, 2014)

Interim Hearings – Weeks of March 17th and March 24th

Interim Hearings – Weeks of March 17th and March 24th
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 17th 
Topic: Qualifications and term length of appellate court judges;  appointment of regional presiding judges
 
March 24th
House Committee on Human Services
Charge: Monitor and evaluate implementation of SB 7, 83rd Legislature, R.S., including agency preparations for the statewide rollout of STAR+PLUS
  • STAR+PLUS (Overview, Handbook, External Quality Review Organization Reports), Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Medicaid Managed Care Initiatives (STAR+PLUS, Long-Term Services and Supports), Texas Health and Human Services Commission
 
March 25th
House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
Topic: Classifying 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system
Senate Committee on Criminal Justice
Topic: Status report from Texas Juvenile Justice Department to include a discussion of its use of facilities, specifically the utilization of the Corsicana Facility and the purposed commitment of state committed juveniles to the formerly closed Crockett Facility, and the agencies budget overruns
March 26th
House Select Committee on Criminal Procedure Reform
Topic: Paperless charging system for processing criminal cases
 
House Committee on Public Education
Charge: Implementation of HB 5, 83rd Legislature, R.S., creation of additional rigorous mathematics and science courses to meet needs of state's workforce
 
 
Charge: Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in the tested grades
 
March 27th
House Select Committee on Business & Industry
Charge: State of the Texas economy
 
Charge: Economic impact of credit card and identity theft

Week in Review, March 13th

In this weekly post, we feature online articles and policy reports published recently, and other helpful research tools.
  • Read about the narrowing pay gap between men and women. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2014)
  • Examine recent findings on intimate partner violence. (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, February 2014)
  • Find maps of all kinds in one place. (Google Maps Gallery, 2014)
  • Explore traffic congestion around the world and see where Texas cities rank. (INRIX, accessed March 12, 2014)
  • Consider the financial effects of opting out of the Medicaid expansion. (Health Affairs Blog, January 30, 2014)

More Entries