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Current Articles & Research Resources, January 20

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Track rental affordability and home sale prices in markets across the nation. (ATTOM, January 6, 2022)
  • Find out how to get free at-home COVID-19 tests. (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, accessed January 19, 2022)
  • Read about how law enforcement uses social media to communicate and investigate. (Congressional Research Service, January 11, 2022)
  • Consider how pain reprocessing therapy (PRT) may reduce lower back pain. (NIH News in Health, January 2022)
  • Review information about temporary tags and how HB 3927, 87th R.S., gives TxDMV a new tool to combat fraudulent tags. (Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV), December 1, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Current Articles & Research Resources, January 13

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Explore how state governments and the federal government are taking steps to address lead in drinking water. (National Conference of State Legislatures, December 30, 2021)
  • Read about the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program record number of captures in 2021. (Texas Department of Public Safety, January 4, 2022)
  • Pinpoint flood hazard information by address via the FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC). (Federal Emergency Management Agency, accessed January 7, 2022)
  • Review the requirements and fees of the new e-cigarette retailer permit for e-cigarette retailers. (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, accessed January 7, 2022)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Current Articles & Research Resources, January 6

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Explore public health legislation by state. (National Conference of State Legislatures, December 20, 2021)
  • Review tips for safely donating to legitimate charities. (LLRX.com, November 30, 2021)
  • Consider recent wage changes in the U.S. labor market. (Pew Research Center, December 22, 2021)
  • Read about American views of the tech sector, social media, and content moderation. (Cato Institute, December 15, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Bills Effective, January 2022

On January 1, 2022, 23 bills passed during the 87th Legislature will take effect. On January 18, 2022, 6 bills passed during the 87th Legislature will take effect.

 

A few bills passed during the 85th Legislature and 86th Legislature have sections which will also be effective on January 1, 2022.

 

To keep up with new laws throughout the year, check the Library's list of bill effective dates.

Texas Recognition Months, Weeks, & Days – Year 2022 (87th Legislature, R.S. & 1st–3rd C.S.)

Recognition months, weeks, and days call attention to special events, health issues, industries, people, and more. Some are codified in Texas Government Code, Chapter 662, and highlighted on our website Texas Holidays and Recognition Days, with options to sort by holiday name, type, month, bill, and session.

 

 

Texas legislators also pass resolutions and bills in each session to commemorate certain dates. Below are the recognition months, weeks, and days observed with resolutions and bills by the 87th Legislature, Regular Session and 1st–3rd Called Sessions for the year 2022. Click here to see a list of all the recognition dates from this past session. This list includes all enrolled bills and resolutions with Texas Legislature Online (TLO) subjects:

  • Holidays (I0395)
  • Resolutions--Official Designations--10-Year Significant Dates (I0016)
  • Resolutions--Official Designations--Special Dates (I0721)

 

2022:
Session is 87th Legislature, Regular Session, unless Called Session noted.

January
National Glaucoma Awareness Month (HR 1511)
January 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day (HB 2728)

February
American Heart Month (HR 1743)
Black History Month (HR 1334)
February 1: Lunar New Year (HR 1183)
February 15 (Third Tuesday in February): Texas Game Warden Day (SCR 26)

March
March 2: Texas Independence Day (HR 1612)
March 10: Histotechnology Professionals Day (SCR 21)

April
Beach Safety and Rip Current Awareness Month (HCR 46)
National Donate Life Month (HR 1610)
Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Texas (HR 1685)
April 1: Hindu New Year (HR 1228)
April 6: Tejano Day (HCR 67)
April 17: Easter (HR 1609)
April 22: Earth Day (HR 536)

May
National Mental Health Month (HR 1611)
Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month (HR 920)
May 5: National Day of Prayer in Texas (HR 918)
May 8: Mother's Day (HR 947)
May 21: Armed Forces Day (HR 951)
May 30: Memorial Day (HR 954)

June
National Dairy Month in Texas (HR 2002)
June 14: Flag Day (HR 1952)
June 19: Father's Day (HR 1687)

July
Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month (HB 1966)
July 4: Fourth of July (HR 1510)

August (none)

September
Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month (HR 1500)
September 10: Official State Bison Herd of Texas Day (SR 336)
September 11: Patriot Day (HR 1675)
September 16: National POW/MIA Recognition Day (HR 1504)
September 17: Constitution Day (HR 1502)
September 25: Gold Star Mother's Day (HR 1506)

October
Mental Health Condition and Substance Use Disorder Parity Awareness Month (HB 2595)
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (HR 13, 87th 2nd C.S.)
Second Week in October: Indigenous Peoples' Week (HCR 62)
October 17 (Third Monday in October): Domestic Violence Survivors' Day (HCR 8, 87th 3rd C.S.)
Last Week in October: Festival of Diwali (HR 1186)

November
American Diabetes Month (HR 1604)
November 5: Type 1.5 Diabetes Awareness Day (HCR 29)
November 7: Victims of Communism Day (HB 1057)
November 11: Veterans Day (HR 923)
November 17: National Rural Health Day in Texas (HR 1606)
November 25: Thanksgiving (HR 1767)

December
December 1: Rosa Parks Day (HB 3481)
December 25: Christmas (HR 1608)

Note: Buddy Check Day, 11th Day of Each Month:
"The 11th day of each month is Buddy Check Day to encourage veterans to contact other veterans, including those with whom they served, who may need assistance." (SB 460)

To see recognized months, weeks, and days from the 87th Legislature, Regular Session, for September — December 2021, please view our blog post from July 9, 2021.

To see recognized months, weeks, and days from the 86th Legislature, please view our blog post from December 30, 2019.

Current Articles & Research Resources, December 16

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Explore health crisis communication challenges at the community level. (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, December 7, 2021)
  • Read an in-depth draft report about U.S. Supreme Court reform. (Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, December 2021)
  • Find disaster declarations by state, year, incident type, and declaration type. (Federal Emergency Management Agency, accessed December 15, 2021)
  • Review election fairness and security by state. (The Heritage Foundation, ©2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Current Articles & Research Resources, December 9

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Read about how courts adapted technology to avoid disruption in operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pew Charitable Trusts, December 1, 2021)
  • Explore climate resilience and corresponding solutions by state. (Atlantic Council / Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, accessed December 8, 2021)
  • Find out how to distinguish different types of holiday cacti. (Farmers' Almanac, November 29, 2021)
  • Review data related to COVID-19 vaccinations in Texas. (Texas Department of State Health Services, updated December 8, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

New & Noteworthy Books and Reports: December 2021

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the titles from our December 2021 New & Noteworthy list.

Check out and delivery of New & Noteworthy titles is available to legislative staff in Capitol and District offices. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, you can submit an online request through the New & Noteworthy page on our website or contact the library at 512-463-1252.

 

1. The New Politics of the Old South: An Introduction to Southern Politics
By Charles S. Bullock III and Mark J. Rozell, editors
Collects a series of essays on Southern politics through time, up to date through the 2020 elections. Profiles twelve states and classifies them as either "Stagnant" or "Growth" states. Includes Texas in the latter group because of its rapid economic and population development, and predicts potential changes in partisanship and public policy. Focuses on voting patterns and demographic shifts since the 1970s in the Texas chapter, with emphasis on the state's history of redistricting.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2022, 341 pages
320.975 B938N 2022

 

 

2. The President and the Freedom Fighter: Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Their Battle to Save America's Soul
By Brian Kilmeade
Tells the story of the relationship between two men striving to save the United States during the Civil War. Follows President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass as their paths converge while working towards the abolition of slavery. Describes the influence of Douglass' writings on Lincoln's beliefs and how Douglass was the only Black man allowed within Lincoln's inner chamber in the White House.
Sentinel, 2021, 292 pages
973.7092 K48P 2021

 

 

3. Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights
By Erwin Chemerinsky
Demonstrates how the U.S. Supreme Court, through its decisions over the last half-century, has helped create an unjust criminal justice system that undermines the civil rights of criminal suspects and defendants — especially for people of color. Argues that the Court has not only failed to limit police misconduct and racism in law enforcement but has also weakened remedies for people who are victims of police wrongdoing. Details alternate avenues for police reform and how state and local governments can be involved.
Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2021, 362 pages
344.73052 C517P 2021

 

 

4. Texas Charter Schools Turn 25
By House Research Organization
Addresses the 25 year history of the charter school system in Texas since it was established in 1995 by SB 1, 74th Legislature, R.S. Details policy proposals related to charter schools' growth and operations as well as the authorization process, municipal ordinances, and funding. Includes an in-depth legislative history.
House Research Organization, 2021, 12 pages
L1801.9 ST94 87-4

 

 

5. The Turnout Myth: Voting Rates and Partisan Outcomes in American National Elections
By Daron R. Shaw and John R. Petrocik
Examines over 50 years of presidential, gubernatorial, senatorial, and house election data to explore the partisan effect associated with voter turnout in national elections. Challenges the widely held belief that high voter participation benefits Democrats while low participation helps Republicans. Discusses the shifting Republican terrain in Texas.
Oxford University Press, 2020, 200 pages
324.60973 SH534T 2020

 

 

6. The Wineslinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine
By Russell D. Kane
Chronicles Texas' emergence as a wine-producing region. Includes stories of winemakers who overcame barriers presented by state alcoholic beverage production and distribution laws. Describes how creation of the Winegrowers List mobilized winegrowers and winemakers to bring about the reform of Texas winery laws, including an amendment to the Texas Constitution.
Texas Tech University Press, 2012, 205 pages
641.2 K16W 2012

 

 

Current Articles & Research Resources, December 2

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Consider state budget-related long-term obligations state by state. (Pew Charitable Trusts, updated November 15, 2021)
  • Review the history and current use of plain language laws. (University of Miami Law Review, forthcoming in 2022)
  • Explore the levels of freedom across the 50 states. (Cato Institute, ©2021)
  • Discover the best car seat for your child. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, accessed December 1, 2021)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

Current Articles & Research Resources, November 18

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community.

  • Review how child tax credits have affected household incomes of eligible families with children. (Tax Policy Center, November 4, 2021)
  • Consider how personal income has changed over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pew Charitable Trusts, November 15, 2021)
  • Read about how coffee and tea consumption affects risk of stroke or dementia. (PLOS Medicine, November 16, 2021)
  • Keep your pets safe on Thanksgiving and around other holidays. (American Veterinary Medical Association, ©2020)

 

Librarians review and select articles from more than 1,000 print and online sources to compile a weekly annotated list of Current Articles of interest to the legislative community. View this week's Current Articles.

 

Members of the Texas legislative community may request articles by using our online form or by calling 512-463-1252.

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