Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee on Business and Industry

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1987-1998 (bulk 1992-1994, 1998)


Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Committee on Business and Industry.
Title: Records
Dates: 1987-1998
Dates: (bulk 1992-1994, 1998)
Abstract: Reports, correspondence, memoranda, printed materials, notes, minutes, agenda, and drafts dating 1987-1998 (bulk 1992-1994, 1998) document the activities of the Texas House of Representatives' Committee on Business and Industry during the 73rd and 75th Legislature's interim sessions. Subjects covered by the material include insurance pools; worker's compensation; legislative reporting requirements for Texas state agencies; telemarketing; truth-in-hiring; and mergers and acquisitions.
Quantity: 7 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The Texas House of Representatives' Committee on Business and Industry began in 1993 with the 73rd Legislature. An earlier incarnation of this committee may have been the House Committee on Business and Commerce. Business and Industry is a standing House Committee with nine members. It has jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to: industry and manufacturing; industrial safety and adequate and safe working conditions, and the regulation and control of those conditions; hours, wages, collective bargaining, and the relationship between employers and employees; the regulation of business transactions and transactions involving property interests; the organization, incorporation, management, and regulation of private corporations and professional associations and the Uniform Commercial Code and the Limited Partnership Act; the protection of consumers, governmental regulations incident thereto, the agencies of government authorized to regulate such activities, and the role of the government in consumer protection; and oversight of the following state agencies: the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission, the Texas Workers' Compensation Research Center, the State Office of Risk Management, and the Risk Management Board.

During the interim session of the 73rd Legislature, the committee was assigned three charges by the Speaker of the House: to study the various insurance pools that provide workers' compensation coverage for public entities (cities, school districts, water districts, etc.) and determine whether or not regulation is needed; to study the method by which the state provides workers' compensation to its employees; and to conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction. To meet these charges, the committee divided into three sub-committees, namely the Subcommittee on Public Insurance Pools, the Subcommittee on State Employees' Workers' Compensation, and the Subcommittee on Legislative Reporting Requirements.

During the 75th Interim Session (1997-1998), Speaker James E. "Pete" Laney assigned the committee five tasks: 1) to study the development of commerce on the Internet to determine whether existing consumer protection laws are adequate to deal with the present and future issues that may arise; 2) to review consumer protection issues as they pertain to telemarketing and determine whether the registration of telemarketers may be necessary to provide adequate protection of the public; 3) to study the issues surrounding "truth-in-hiring" legislation and investigate the possibility of protecting both employees and employers when prospective employers request job references; 4) to review the Texas Free Enterprise and Antitrust Act of 1983 and assess its adequacy in protecting the public interest when mergers and acquisitions occur; 5) and to review workers' compensation insurance carriers' payments and denials of medical benefits and supplemental income benefits and determine whether carriers' actions are reasonable and consistent with the overall design. On this occasion the committee divided itself into five subcommittees, namely the Subcommittee on Internet Consumer Protection, the Subcommittee on Telemarketing, the Subcommittee on Truth-in-Hiring Legislation, the Subcommittee on Mergers and Acquisitions, and the Subcommittee on Workers' Compensation Insurance Carrier Practices.

Scope and Contents of the Records

Reports, correspondence, memoranda, printed materials, notes, minutes, agenda, and drafts dating 1987-1998 (bulk 1992-1994, 1998) document the activities of the Texas House of Representatives' Committee on Business and Industry during the 73rd and 75th Legislature's interim session. Each of the committee's appointed subcommittees during each interim is represented in the records. Subjects covered by the material include insurance pools; worker's compensation funds, carriers, and issues; legislative reporting requirements for Texas state agencies; telemarketing; truth-in-hiring; and mergers and acquisitions. A single file on the House Committee on Insurance's related 73rd interim activities has been included in the records.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


Arrangement of the Records

Records have been left in the order in which they arrived. They are in chronological order by legislative session. Each subcommittee has a separate group of files within the appropriate interim session, some of the groups are in alphabetical order. The single file on the House Committee on Insurance's related 73rd interim activities is listed at the end of the 73rd interim files.


Restrictions on Access

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under the Public Information Act exceptions including violations of the privacy of individuals, these records must be reviewed by an archivist before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals records covered by exceptions to the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an Open Records Opinion from the Attorney General before the files can be provided to the researcher. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten business days after receiving the written request to make this determination.

Restrictions on Use

Where necessary, records will be redacted or restricted to comply with the Public Information Act and the Attorney General's decision.

Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Committee on Insurance.
Workers' compensation--Texas--State supervision.
Insurance pools--Texas.
Legislative bodies--Texas.
Telemarketing--Law and legislation--Texas.
Employee selection--Law and legislation--Texas.
Consolidation and merger of corporations--Law and legislation--Texas.
Document Types:
Reports--Legislative bodies--Texas--1987-1998.
Correspondence--Legislative bodies--Texas--1987-1998.
Memorandums--Legislative bodies--Texas--1987-1998.
Notes--Legislative bodies--Texas--1987-1998.
Minutes--Legislative bodies--Texas--1987-1998.
Agenda--Legislative bodies--Texas--1987-1998.
Drafts--Legislative bodies--Texas--1987-1998.
Investigating workers' compensation.
Investigating insurance pools.
Representing state.
Investigating telemarketing.

Related Material

Texas State ArchivesTexas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee on Insurance, Records of the committee chair, 1939-1996 (bulk 1991-1995), 15.8 cubic ft.Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Records of Kenneth (Kim) Brimer, 1989-1991, 9 cubic ft.Texas Workers' Compensation Center, Board of director's meeting agenda and minutes, 1991-1995, fractionalTexas Workers' Compensation Commission, Agenda and meeting documents, 1994-2000, 2.31 cubic ft.Texas Legislative Oversight Committee on Workers' Compensation, Minutes, 1990-1995, 0.12 cubic ft.Texas Research and Oversight Council on Workers' Compensation, Minutes, 1998-2000, fractionalTexas Research and Oversight Council on Workers' Compensation, Records, 1989-1999, 12 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Records, Committee on Business and Industry, House of Representatives, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 2000/142, 2001/089

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas House of Representative's Committee on Business and Industry on April 13, 2000 and January 8, 2001.

Processing Information

Nancy Enneking, May 2000, January 2001

Detailed Description of the Records


Records, 1987-1998 (bulk 1992-1994, 1998),
7 cubic ft.

73rd Interim Legislature, 1993-1994
2000/142-1 73rd Interim report:
Report to the 74th Legislature, 1994
Interim report to the 74th Legislature, 1994
Subcommittee on Public Insurance Pools
2000/142-1 City of Arlington, 1990-1994
City of Austin, 1994
Carrolton-Farmers Branch ISD [Independent School District], Crabb, Subcommittee, 1994
Channelview ISD, 1994
Chapter 504 - statute, 1994
Clear Creek ISD, 1992-1994
Constitutional provisions, undated
Dallas County, 1989-1994
Dallas County Schools, 1988-1994
Dallas ISD, 1987-1994
2000/142-2 Deep East Texas Self Insurance Fund, 1989-1994
Dickinson ISD, 1994
Documents from 1990-1993 re. pol. [Policy?] subs. [?], 1991-1994
East Texas Educational Insurance Association, 1994
Educators group health insurance, 1989, 1994
Fort Worth, City of, 1994
General information, letters, lists, etc., 1993-1994
Glossary of insurance terms, undated
Houston ISD, 1994
Huffman ISD, 1992-1994
Humble ISD, 1992-1994
Interlocal Cooperation Act, undated
City of Irving, 1989-1994
Irving ISD, 1992-1994
La Marque ISD, 1989-1993
2000/142-3 Lewisville ISD, 1989-1994
City of Longview, Texas, 1987, 1994
Meeting, May 25, 1994
Meeting, August 24, 1994
Mesquite ISD, 1989-1994
North Texas Educational Insurance Organization, 1994
Other states, 1994
Overview of pools and self-insurance, general, 1992-1994
Regulation of pools, NAIC [National Association of Insurance Commissioners] model, 1994
Regulation of pools, Public Risk Management Association, 1992
Responses to letters, 1994
Rural and Community Hospitals Protect Cooperative, 1994-1995
San Benito ISD, 1989-1994
SchoolComp, 1994
Side-by-side chapters 502, 503, 504, 505 Labor Code, 1994
2000/142-4 South Plains School Workers' Compensation Program, 1994
State Auditor comments, 1992-1994
Texas Association of Counties, 1994-1995
Texas Association of School Boards, 1994
Texas Council Risk Management Fund, 1989-1994
Texas Educational Entity Cooperative (TEEC), 1993-1994
TDI [Texas Department of Insurance] cost estimate, 1994
TPA Act, 1993
Texas Municipal League, 1993-1995
Texas Public Junior and Community College Employee Benefits Consortium, 1991, 1994
Texas Political Subdivisions Joint Self-Insurance Funds, 1988-1994
Texas Public WCP [Workers' Compensation Program], 1994
Texas Water Conservation Association, 1989-1994
Third Party Administrators, 1993-1994
2000/142-5 [Loose Spring ISD annual financial reports and correspondence], 1989-1994
[Loose Bridgeport ISD annual financial reports and correspondence], 1989-1994
Subcommittee on State Employees' Workers' Compensation
2000/142-4 Attorney General's office, 1994
A&M [Texas A&M], 1991-1992, 1994
Chapter 501, 502, 503, and 505 statues, 1993
General information, letters, etc., 1994
Meetings, August 30, 1994
[2 files]
UT WC [University of Texas Workers Compensation] Program, 1994
2000/142-5 Testimony, Meeting May 26, 1994
[2 files]
TDMHMR [Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation], 1994
TWCC [Texas Workers' Compensation Commission] risk management reports, 1994
TWCC risk management, 1994
Texas Department of Transportation, 1994
UT [University of Texas], 1994
Subcommittee on Legislative Reporting Requirements
2000/142-5 General information, letters, etc., 1994
"Guide to Required Reports Prepared by State Agencies and Institutions of Higher Education," 1992-1993
TWCC, 1994
TWC [Texas Workers' Compensation Insurance] Fund, 1993-1994
Meeting, June 27, 1994
[2 files]
House Committee on Insurance, Legislative Oversight Subcommittee
2000/142-5 Bob Duncan, 1994
75th Interim Legislature, 1997-1998
Interim report
2001/089-1 Signature page, 1998
Proof sheets, 1998
TCC [Texas Conservative Coalition] report, undated
Internet section, [1998]
Telemarketing section, [1998]
T-IH [Truth-in-Hiring] section, [1998]
M&A [Mergers and Acquisitions], [1998]
WC [Workers' Compensation] section, [1998]
Master copy, 1998
Mergers and Acquisitions
2001/089-1 Opposition letters, 1998
Current laws, [1998]
Model legislation, [1998?]
HRO [House Research Organization] report, undated
Article, 1998
NAAG voluntary compact, undated
Protocol for merger investigations, undated
Hospital mergers, undated
2001/089-1 Articles, 1994-1997
McCall article, 1996
Court cases, 1996
Other states, 1998, undated
House Bill 40, 1997
House Bill 40, articles, 1994-1997
House Bill 40, letters of support, 1995, 1997
TABCC [Texas Association of Business & Chambers of Commerce], 1998
AFL-CIO, 1998
TCC [Texas Conservation Coalition], 1998
Internet Protection
2001/089-1 Overviews, 1997
Articles, 1997
HRO [House Research Organization], undated
E-Commerce in Texas, 1998
Other states, 1997-1998
California, 1996-1998
Earth Link, 1998
Internet State Coalition, 1998
NCSG [National Council of State Governments?], 1997
America Online, 1998
AT&T, 1998
SWB [Southwestern Bell], 1998
Licensed Beverage Distributors, 1998
Public Utility Commission, 1998
Texas Department of Banking, 1998
Lawsuits, 1998
Jurisdiction, 1997
Digital signatures, 1998
Federal report, 1998
High-tech, 1998
Internet taxes, 1998
2001/089-1 Current articles, 1998
Older articles, 1998
Current laws, undated
FTC [Federal Trade Commission] rules, 1995
DMA [Direct Marketing Association] rules, 1995-1996
Comparison of [requirements], 1998
Federal laws, 1995-1997
Florida law, 1997-1998
Other states, 1997-1998
2001/089-2 Previous legislation, 1997
PUC [Public Utility Commission], 1997-1998
Secretary of State, 1998
ATA [American Telemarketing Association], undated
IBAT [Independent Bankers Association of Texas], undated
GTE, 1998
MCI, 1998
Sprint, 1998
AARP [American Association of Retired Persons], 1996, undated
Public Citizen, undated
Law journal article, 1996
Electronic funds transfer, 1997, undated
Lawsuit, 1997
Interim Study - Workers' Compensation
2001/089-2 [Untitled, 1998]
[Untitled, 1998]
[Untitled, 1998]
Articles/press releases, 1998
Questions/responses from carriers, 1998
CIGNA, 1998
Association Casualty, 1998
AIG, 1998
CNA, 1998
Colonial, 1998
Crum and Forster, 1998
EGIG, Old Republic, 1998
Farmers, 1998
Gulf Insurance Group (Travelers), 1998
Hartford, 1998
Highlands Group, 1998
Houston General, 1998
St. Paul, 1998
Reliance, 1998
Orion/EBI, 1998
Liberty Mutual, 1998
Kemper, 1998
Zurich, 1998
SORM [State Office of Risk Management], 1998
TWCC [Texas Workers' Compensation Commission], 1998
Fund, 1998
Questions for doctors, undated
Questions for issues list, undated
Flahive, Ogden, and Latson, undated
Harris and Harris, 1998
AIA [American Insurance Association], 1998
Hammerman & Gainer, 1998
AWRI [Americans with Work Related Injuries], 1998
AFL-CIO, undated
PAT [Patient Advocates of Texas], 1998
Lombrano-Williamson, 1998
TAB [Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce], 1998
MAC, 1998
TCJL [Texas Civil Justice League], 1998
Other responses, 1998
AG [Attorney General] request - Workers' Compensation, 1998