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21 Document(s) [ Subject: Military bases ]

Committee: House Defense and Veterans' Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Aerospace industry | Base realignment and closure | Defense Economic Adjustment Assistant Grants | Emergency management | Homelessness | Hurricane Harvey | Mental health services | Military bases | Veterans | Veterans' health care |
Library Call Number: L1836.85 D361
Session: 85th R.S. (2017)
Online version: View report [36 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate the impact of Hurricane Harvey related to the Texas Military Department, Emergency Management Council, and the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Recommend any changes that could improve operational stability and the reaction of these agencies following a natural disaster and changes that would allow for a more effective response.
2. Assess ways the State of Texas can further aid federal military installations and their communities in order to minimize the negative consequences of a Base Realignment and Closure round by the federal government.
3. Examine best practices related to use of the Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant program to maximize support for military installations, and how the state can better serve military installations in Texas. Also, evaluate changes that would increase utilization of the Texas Military Revolving Loan Fund.
4. Study the economic impact of the aviation, aerospace, & defense manufacturing industry in Texas and the state's ability to facilitate industry job growth and investment. Review the relationship between the economic vitality of industry and military veterans transitioning into the workforce. Determine existing and potential barriers to the retention and expansion of the manufacturing industry in the state and the broader economic implications it may have on workforce readiness, as well as veteran employment and support services. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Economic & Small Business Development)
5. Examine the needs of homeless veterans in Texas. Examine obstacles veterans may face finding housing across the state. Recommend measures to bolster the state's efforts to address veteran homelessness in Texas.
6. Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature. In conducting this oversight, review the implementation of S.B. 27 (85R) and the related Veterans Mental Health Program, as well as S.B. 578 (85R) and the development of the Veterans Suicide Prevention Action Plan.
Committee: Senate Veteran Affairs and Border Security
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Aerospace industry | Border issues | Border Patrol, U.S. | Border security | Human trafficking | Invasive species | Military bases | Military personnel | Peace officers | Physical fitness | Veterans | Veterans Commission, Texas | Veterans' health care |
Library Call Number: L1836.85 V641
Session: 85th R.S. (2017)
Online version: View report [41 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Border Security - Law Enforcement: Study and make recommendations on opportunities to create public safety partnerships. Consider the federal 287(g) program and any needs of a state or local jurisdiction when entering in a Memorandum of Agreement for receiving delegated federal authority. Review cross training programs offered in other states that allow U.S. Border Patrol agents to be certified as state peace officers, and determine if Texas could create such a program.
2. Border - Invasive Species: Study and make recommendations on the impact to border security caused by invasive plant species, such as carrizo cane and salt cedar. Review proposals for eradication of invasive plant species that provide a natural shelter for human trafficking and/or smuggling arms and illicit substances.
3. Veterans Health: Study the effectiveness of veterans' health and mental health initiatives in Texas and recommend ways to improve access and delivery. Explore the state of the federal VA Choice Program, including potential expiration, continuation, or expansion of the program. Consider the impact of the VA Choice Program on improving the delivery of health care, and determine ways to raise awareness and increase participation among Texas veterans. Consider the potential connection between chronic pain and mental health and identify strategies to improve the prevention of veteran suicide.
4. State-Delivered Federal Services: Review the veteran services offered by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs and Veteran Benefits Administration. Study those services which are being delivered by the Texas Veterans Commission, including but not limited to the state strike force teams and health care advocacy program. Consider ways to increase utilization of automated services, such as the Texas Veterans App, to reduce the need for additional staff time and to create a resource for veterans to access services at all times of the day.
5. Military Installation: Identify opportunities to promote the strategic importance of military installations in Texas. Study the impact of the Aviation, Aerospace & Defense manufacturing industry on the economic vitality of military installations and communities. Identify potential strategic partnerships between this industry and military communities which would enhance key strategic assets.
6. Military Youth Readiness: Evaluate the current readiness and fitness of Texas youth for entering military service over the next 5-10 years. Identify any additional economic impact to the state should youth not meet physical requirements or required academic performance.
7. Monitoring: Monitor the implementation and impact of legislation passed by the Texas Legislature. Make recommendations for any needed improvements or steps to ensure completion. • SB 27 by Campbell 85(R), relating to the mental health progra m for veterans; • SB 277 by Campbell 85(R), relating to ad valorem tax incentives for wind-powered energy devices near military aviation facilities; and • SB 389 by Rodriguez 84(R, relating to the addition of military occupational specialty codes on state agency employment listings.
Committee: House Defense and Veterans' Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Base realignment and closure | Federal funds | Hazlewood Act | Military and veterans benefits | Military bases | Real estate agents | Student aid | Veterans |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 D361
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [122 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Explore how encroachment (environmental, technological, and architectural) impacts the vital missions of our military bases in Texas and which policies can be put into place while retaining respect for private property rights, economic growth, and the operation of military facilities.
2. Explore adding notifications to the Texas Real Estate Commission Seller Disclosure Form, as well as a notification to buyers of new home construction, in order to inform buyers that a property may be located near a military installation or a military airport and could be affected by high noise or its air installation compatible use zones, or other operations.
3. Study the long-term viability of the Hazlewood Act, in particular the legacy tuition exemption provision. Review eligibility requirements and recommend changes to ensure that the program can remain solvent. Examine the costs of the program to institutions of higher education, including foregone tuition, additional infrastructure, administrative and instructional support costs, and the financial impact on nonveteran/legacy students. Analyze and report any effect changes to this program would have for veterans and their families. Review current data systems related to this exemption and recommend improvements to ensure quality and accuracy of information. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Higher Education)
4. Assess ways the State of Texas can further aid our federal military installations and their communities in order to minimize the negative consequences of a potential forthcoming BRAC round by the federal government.
5. Assess the continuing effect and the impact of sequestration and federal defense spending on Texas military bases, soldiers and their families, base communities, and Texas defense contractors. Identify solutions to address issues raised by federal policy.
6. Analyze whether unnecessary, redundant or punitive barriers exist for Texas Veterans pursuing educational or occupational careers upon completion of their military service. Study and ensure that appropriate measures are in place to allow veterans to receive the maximum college credit benefit for their service-related training in the armed forces.
7. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 84th Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
Committee: Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Alternatives to incarceration | County government | Courts | Hazlewood Act | Mental health services | Military and veterans benefits | Military bases | State agencies | Suicide | Veterans | Veterans educational benefits | Veterans' health care |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 V641
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [59 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Strike Force, VA Health, Mental Health: Study the state of veteran health and mental health in Texas. Review the progress made by state strike force teams to reduce the claims backlog and decrease wait times at VA hospitals. Evaluate if the passage of the federal Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 and other state initiatives have improved access and outcomes. Determine if state strike force teams should continue as established and make recommendations on necessary changes.
2. State Veteran Employment: Study current veteran hiring policies among state agencies and consider the effectiveness of a percentage-based system. Make recommendations if there are other ways to equitably measure the success of veteran employment within an agency.
3. Veteran Benefits: Given pending litigation on the subject, study what veteran benefits, if any, are currently only offered to residents of the state of Texas-whether by being born here or by entering the service in Texas--and assess whether any of these additional benefits leave the state liable for lawsuits under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Make recommendations for legislation that could reduce the state's liability.
4. Veterans Courts: Study successes and challenges of veteran’s courts in Texas, including evidence of rehabilitation or recidivism. Consider alternative means of funding, such as voluntary donations at points of contact with state services, and make recommendations.
5. Defense Adjustment Authorities, Compatibility Use, and Encroachment: Consider best practices for improving the military value at military installations in Texas. Determine cost-effective policies and make recommendations that would strengthen military value.
6. Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations during the 84th Legislature, Regular Session and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following: 1) Monitor the implementation of legislation relating to the qualifications of veteran county service officers, and make recommendations if further changes should be made.
Committee: Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: 211 telephone system | Base realignment and closure | Disabled veterans | Federal budgets | Mental health services | Military and veterans benefits | Military bases | Military spending | Occupational licenses | Student aid | Veterans | Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of | Veterans Commission, Texas | Veterans' employment | Veterans' health care |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 V641
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [38 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Investigate the impact of federal actions (including the federal government shutdown, sequestration, military force reductions, and potential base closure or realignment) on active-­duty service members, the Texas Military Department, veterans, their families, defense-­related contractors, small businesses, local governments, and state agencies.
2. Monitor and examine efforts to provide employment and workforce opportunities for veterans, service members, and their families. Make recommendations on how best to continue collaborating with and supporting our honored veterans as they re-­enter the civilian workforce, including improving employment opportunities for veterans at all state agencies.
3. Provide an update on the State Strike Force teams’ progress and recommendations on any additional steps necessary to ensure that veterans promptly receive all federal disability benefits to which they are entitled.
4. Study and make recommendations to improve access to services provided by non-­profit organizations to veterans, their families, and survivors, including examining the effectiveness, standards, and consistency of the 2-­1-­1 information and referral system for military and veteran families statewide.
5. Monitor the implementation of the veterans occupational licensure bills passed during the 83rd Legislative Session to expedite the licensure process for those who are serving, have served, or are married to someone serving our nation in uniform. Study and make recommendations to strengthen and improve state efforts to ease the transition of military veterans and their spouses into the Texas civilian workforce.
6. Monitor implementation of the veteran's mental health legislation passed during the 83rd Legislative Session, including funding to support the Military Veteran Peer Network at Department of State Health Services. Assess whether state mental health initiatives targeted to veterans and their families appropriately address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Study and make recommendations to enhance the delivery of mental health services to veterans at the local level through the network of Veteran County Service Officers.
7. In addition to the formal Interim Charges, the VAMI Committee reviewed allegations that the VA has denied health and mental health care and manipulated waiting lists to access care. The Committee also considered whether or not the state has a role in assisting veterans in Texas with VA health care as it did with the Strike Force Teams for VA disability claims.
Committee: House Defense and Veterans' Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Border security | Endangered species | Federal funds | Land use regulations | Light pollution | Military bases | Military families | Military personnel | National Guard | Noise pollution | Occupational licenses | Suicide | Texas Military Preparedness Commission | Texas State Guard | Trees | Veterans | Veterans Commission, Texas | Voting by mail | Voting systems |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 D361
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [60 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the current role of all Texas state military forces. Identify changes that would enhance the accountability and effectiveness of the state guard, air guard, and national guard and all other components of our state military forces.
2. Monitor the implementation and impact of the MOVE Act on the state and on municipalities. Make legislative recommendations, as needed, to ensure a smooth implementation of the law. (Joint with the House Committee on Elections)
3. Study and make recommendations on how the state and local governments can work together to protect our federal military installations from unnecessary encroachment while still allowing appropriate use of land near bases to be used for nonmilitary purposes.
4. Determine any challenges to the training and operations of Texas' 15 military installations in light of recent reductions in federal defense spending. Additionally, review the current structure and mission of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission as a result of HB 2546 (81R). Recommend any legislative actions needed to sustain and improve the state's military preparedness.
5. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 82nd Legislature.
6. Examine issues not listed in the committee's interim charges, including suicide prevention and the process for active duty, former active duty and their spouses, and military personnel trasitioning into the workforce and seeking occupational licenses. *
Committee: Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Courts | Hazlewood Act | Mental health services | Military and veterans benefits | Military bases | Texas Coordinating Council for Veterans Services | Texas Military Preparedness Commission | Texas National Guard | Texas State Guard | Veterans | Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of | Veterans Commission, Texas | Veterans educational benefits | Veterans homes | Veterans' employment | Veterans' health care |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 V641
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [40 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the employment rate of Texas veterans, and consider ways to better coordinate federal, state, local and private resources to enhance employment services. Examine the transfer of Veteran Employment Services (VES) from the Texas Workforce Commission to the Texas Veterans Commission, and include an assessment of the impact on Texas veterans and their families. Make recommendations for improving services and possible expansion of services to potential additional returning veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
2. Review the benefits claims process for filing with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs through the Texas Veterans Commission's Claims Representation and Counseling program and make recommendations to improve the quality of life for veterans and their families. Coordinate with the Senate Finance Committee to identify and maximize funding options, reduce claims backlogs, and increase the benefits received by Texas veterans.
3. Examine methods to support veteran participation in higher education. Examine the use of the Hazlewood Act by Texas veterans, and include recommendations to maximize programs to effectively serve veterans and their families. Determine the efficacy of establishing Veteran Resource Centers at institutions of higher education to assist in student veteran academic achievement, provide additional funding for institutions from increased Montgomery GI Bill revenue, and better integrate veterans on college campuses.
4. Evaluate the status of mental health services for veterans and Texas Military Forces. Include an assessment of peer counseling programs, "aftercare" provided for units within their local communities following a trauma within the group, and efforts to address the secondary mental health and substance abuse issues caused by post traumatic stress disorders and other combat-related disorders.
5. Consider establishing a "Commander's Council" in conjunction with the Office of the Governor's Texas Military Preparedness Commission, to allow commanders of Texas' military forces and installations to better coordinate and communicate with the Texas Legislature and state leadership. Develop a comprehensive communication plan with Texas military installations, and recommend any legislative initiatives necessary to support the installations, active-duty service members and their families on and around the installations, and the partnerships between the defense community and the community within which the military installations reside.
6. Study the appropriate role of Texas state military forces in enhancing the safety of all Texans, and make recommendations for improving the coordination, accountability, and effectiveness of all components of our state military forces, including the national, state, and air guards. Identify limitations on the forces providing border security and other operations, and make recommendations for better coordination with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. (Joint Charge with the Transportation & Homeland Security Committee)
7. Study the use and impact of Veterans Courts throughout Texas. Make recommendations relating to potential funding sources, staffing requirements, additional direct services not provided by the Veterans Administration, and possible expansion.
8. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs & Military Installations, 82nd Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following:
  • the "College Credit for Heroes" program as administered by the Texas Workforce Commission;
  • the administration of the Veterans Housing Assistance Program by the Texas Veterans Commission's Fund for Veterans' Assistance; and
  • the Texas Coordinating Council for Veterans Services, authorized by SB 1796, 82nd Regular Legislation Session.
Committee: House Defense and Veterans' Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Defense & Veterans' Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2010 : a report to the House of Representatives, 82nd Texas Legislature
Subjects: Border security | Call centers | Courts | Criminal justice | Federal funds | Homeland security | Land use regulations | Military bases | Military personnel | Veterans | Voting by mail |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 D361
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [38 pages  File size: 738 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Investigate strategies to address incompatible land use surrounding Texas military installations. Study approaches that minimize conflict with neighboring landowners.
2. Evaluate the advantages, including potential cost savings, of centralizing call center activities for referral to benefits providers for veterans.
3. Monitor and review the disbursement and use of border and homeland security funds. Evaluate the effectiveness in meeting the state's border and homeland security program goals and objectives. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Appropriations
4. Study ways the state can enhance military and overseas voters' ability to obtain and return balloting materials and reduce burdens on those voters' exercise of their right to vote. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Elections
5. Monitor the implementation of SB 1940, 81st Legislature, Regular Session, which established veterans court programs in Texas, and examine the link between combat stress disorders of war veterans, including post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, and the onset of criminal behavior. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
6. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs & Military Installations report and recommendations to the 82nd Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Base realignment and closure | Call centers | Employment | Job training programs | Mental health services | Military bases | Military personnel | Texas State Guard | Veterans | Veterans educational benefits | Women |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 V641
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [151 pages  File size: 16,493 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study veteran employment and veteran-owned small business issues, including the usefulness of creating a veteran-specific employment database to target job openings tailored to the skill sets of Texas' returning veterans. Include an assessment and recommendations to best implement the veteran employment database.
2. Examine the potential risk factors for returning service members, which may contribute to an increase in domestic violence and child abuse cases. Additionally, determine best practices, including funding options, to ensure that specific counseling related to these risk factors is available to and provided for returning service members and their family members during the initial reunion phase.
3. Examine the use of the new GI Bill by veterans and their families in conjunction with the changes made to the Hazlewood Act during the 81 st Legislature, Regular Session, as the number of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan continues to rise. Include an assessment and recommendations on how the programs can be maximized to better serve veterans and their families.
4. Study the specific needs of female veterans and service members and whether they are met. Make recommendations for improving services.
5. Study the value of enhancing training requirements for Veterans County Service Officers (VCSO) to improve veterans service at the local level, especially in rural areas. Make recommendations on how to best use technology for training purposes and expanding accreditation of VCSO.
6. Study the advantages of centralizing call center activities for referral to benefits providers (e.g., TVC, TVLB, VA, DSHS, Suicide Prevention Call Centers, etc.), including the costs associated with maintaining multiple call centers, the potential savings of consolidating reporting systems, and any options for obtaining federal funds. Make suggestions to streamline the process for veterans to obtain resources and benefits.
7. Inventory and assess veteran workforce programs offered by state agencies (i.e., TVC, TWC, TAG), and include the usefulness of creating a veteran-specific employment database, which would target job openings tailored to the skill set of Texas' returning veterans as well as job training for spouses. Make recommendations to allow agencies to work more effectively and for efficient implementation of a veteran employment database.
8. Consider the mission of the State Guard and the numbers of volunteers within the State Guard. Make recommendations to incentivize recruitment and retention of volunteers to the State Guard.
9. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs & Military Installations, 81st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, review the following:
  • Monitor implementation of constitutional amendments relating to veterans issues;
  • Monitor the implementation of $5 million for mental health services programs for veterans, the military and their dependents, following the Ft. Hood tragedy;
  • Monitor and analyze the closure process for the following installations and communicate with district Senators and communities: Naval Station Ingleside; Brooks City-Base, San Antonio; and Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant.
  • Monitor and analyze the realignment of the various installations across the state, including but not limited to, Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Fort Bliss in El Paso, and Red River Army Depot in Texarkana.
Committee: Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs & Military Installations report and recommendations to the 81st Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Military bases | Military casualties | Military families | State employees | State purchasing | Veterans | Veterans Commission, Texas | Veterans Land Board | Veterans' health care |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 V641
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [115 pages  File size: 4,666 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine any existing state veteran hiring and procurement preferences and procedures and make recommendations for improving and enhancing these programs to increase efficiencies and maximize funding.
2. Study veteran reintegration issues, including the occurrence of post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse problems, and domestic violence and other family issues. Make suggestions regarding what the state could do to supplement and enhance related services for veterans and their families, focusing on state military forces veterans and reservists. Include an assessment of the implementation of SB 1058, 80th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, relating to reintegration counseling services.
3. Study state services and benefits for injured service members and their families who are recovering from their injuries and rehabilitating in Texas. Make recommendations on how to better serve them.
4. Study the relationships between military installations and the surrounding communities and make recommendations addressing encroachment and quality of life.
5. Examine ways that "The Fund for Veterans Assistance" established by HB 3107, 80th Legislature, Regular Session could be maximized to the benefit of Texas veterans.
6. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Committee, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Focus on the implementation of the Texas Veterans Commission (HB 3426, 80th Legislature, Regular Session) and Texas Veterans Land Board (HB 3140, 80th Legislature, Regular Session) Sunset reviews.
Committee: Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Subcommittee on Base Realignment and Closure
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Base realignment and closure | Brooks City-Base | Fort Bliss | Fort Sam Houston | Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant | Military bases | Naval Station Ingleside | Red River Army Depot | Texas Military Facilities Commission |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 V641b
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [343 pages  File size: 12,169 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor national and overseas BRAC developments and Department of Defense redevelopment efforts.
2. Monitor and analyze the closure process for the following installations and communicate with district Senators and communities: Naval Station Ingleside; Brooks City-Base, San Antonio; and Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant.
3. Monitor and analyze the realignment of the various installations across the state, including but not limited to, Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Fort Bliss in El Paso, and Red River Army Depot in Texarkana.
4. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Subcommittee on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Focus on implementation of the following:
  • SB 962, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to school districts affected by troop reassignments at military installations,
  • SB 1237, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to defense base development authorities,
  • SB 1724, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the Texas Military Facilities Commission,
  • SB 1743, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the Red River Redevelopment Authority,
  • SB 1956, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to areas affected by defense restructuring, and
  • HB 3879, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to defense base development authorities
Committee: Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Subcommittee on Base Realignment and Closure
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Base realignment and closure : a report and recommendations to the 80th Legislature
Subjects: Base realignment and closure | Military bases |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 V641b
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [89 pages  File size: 3,813 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Analyze the implementation of SB 252, 79th Legislature, Regular Session, SB 1481, 79th Legislature, Regular Session, and HB 2340, 79th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations about how the State can create more financial flexibility for defense dependent communities working to redevelop closed or realigned Department of Defense installations and property.
2. Monitor national Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) developments, overseas BRAC developments, and Department of Defense redevelopment efforts; and communicate regularly to Texas' various defense dependent communities, their elected officials and to the Lt. Governor, and Governor on the redevelopment timeline and efforts. Activities should include:
  • Analyze the federally-mandated closure process for the following installations and communicate regularly with the district Senator and other elected officials on the specific economic development and property redevelopment needs of the community: Naval Station Ingleside; Brooks City-Base, San Antonio; and Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant
  • Analyze the realignment of the various installations across the state including but not limited to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Fort Bliss in El Paso and Red River Army Depot in Texarkana and help coordinate state and local efforts to ensure adequate infrastructure and support.
Committee: House Defense Affairs and State-Federal Relations
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Defense Affairs and State-Federal Relations, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2004 : a report to the House of Representatives, 79th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Base realignment and closure | Biometric identification | Emergency management | Homeland security | Military bases | Military personnel | Ports | Terrorism | Texas Military Preparedness Commission |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 D361
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [72 pages  File size: 530 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine ways that Texas and other states assist local communities that are affected by military base closures. Include opportunities for Texas to benefit from Base Realignment and Closure Commission actions.
2. Monitor the development of a Homeland Security Strategy as set forth in HB 9, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, under the Office of the Governor and identify ways to bring homeland security missions to Texas.
3. Evaluate the uses and security of the ports in the state, including optimizing their role in the deployment of military troops and what measures the state can take to minimize security risks from potential terrorist attacks.
4. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including the implementation of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission and other legislation by the 78th Legislature.
Committee: Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Subcommittee on Base Realignment and Closure
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Base realignment and closure, 2005 : a report and recommendations to the 79th Legislature
Subjects: Base realignment and closure | Economic development | Military bases | Urban sprawl |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 V641b
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [82 pages  File size: 4,184 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study and evaluate the implementation of SB 652, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, SB 1295, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, and SJR 55, 78th Legislature, Regular Session. Address defense community use of loan programs created by these bills and make recommendations on how to best use loan proceeds to maintain Texas bases. Study the effects of urban encroachment upon Texas military installations.
2. Study and communicate national Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) developments, criteria and timelines to the Texas Military Planning Commission (TMPC) and affected military communities. Coordinate and monitor all BRAC issues associated with the Governor's and Lt. Governor's offices, the TMPC, the Office of State-Federal Relations, the State Congressional Delegation, and the Texas House Committee on Defense Affairs and State-Federal Relations.
Committee: House State, Federal and International Relations
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on State, Federal, and International Relations, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Base realignment and closure | Border economy | Border issues | Border transit corridors | Cemeteries | Military bases | Museums | Rural areas | Rural issues | Texas Legislative Medal of Honor | Tourism | Veterans | Veterans' health care |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 st30
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [111 pages  File size: 2,483 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the readiness of military installations and communities for possible base closings and realignment. Assess opportunities to attract new military units because of base closings in other states.
2. Review the state of tourism in rural Texas. Consider tourism products that are successful in rural Texas and those that hold the promise of greater success. Collaborate with local officials and state agencies involved in promoting tourism to design strategies for communities and entrepreneurs to increase tourist business.
3. Consult with and monitor state and federal agencies with duties related to commercial and personal traffic across the international border with Mexico. Make suggestions to improve the efficiency of border crossings without compromising security or crime detection operations.
4. Develop options for creating a museum of Texas music and music history.
5. Review the laws and procedures concerning the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to assure that the award will remain an appropriate symbol of extraordinary merit for Texas veterans.
6. Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction, including the state veterans medical facilities and, upon passage, implementation of the state veterans cemetery system.
Committee: Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Base realignment and closure | Cemeteries | Long-term care | Military bases | Military families | Military personnel | Nursing homes | Texas Air National Guard | Texas Army National Guard | Veterans | Veterans Land Board | Veterans' health care |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 v641
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
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Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor developments at the federal level regarding the Federal Base Realignment and Base Closure (BRAC) process, and the implementation of SB 1815, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to loan assistance for communities affected by BRAC.
2. Evaluate the effects of the increased bonding authority granted to the Veteran's Land Board in HB 2453, 77th Legislature, Regular Session.
3. Evaluate veteran land and housing fund programs, including veteran nursing homes. The Committee shall determine if the demand for veterans nursing home beds is exceeding the available supply.
4. Monitor the implementation of the following legislation from the 77th Session: HB 310, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to veterans cemeteries; HB 2125, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to public school admission for military personnel and dependents; and SB 1159, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to providing state veteran services. The Committee shall also evaluate the cost-effectiveness of programs and benefits provided to veterans and their families by state agencies. The Committee should consider veterans programs administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration.
5. Assess the impact of the current military mobilization on persons called to active duty and their families. The Committee should examine state and federal statutes concerning active reservists and guardsmen and make recommendations, if necessary.
6. Monitor the current mobilization of Texas military forces and the role of the National Guard Armories to determine if increased assistance from the state is necessary for an efficient and timely response.
Committee: Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report / Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations.
Subjects: Environmental cleanup | Groundwater pollution | Military bases | Military families | Military personnel | Office of Defense Affairs | Texas Strategic Military Planning Commission |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 v641
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
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Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Develop strategies to extend the operational usefulness of Texas military facilities and attract new military missions. The Committee shall limit its recommendations to what Texas government and business, together with localities, are capable of offering without the need for federal action or approval, including increasing the number of public/private economic development partnerships involving active military bases in Texas.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on State Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1996 : a report to the Texas House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Base realignment and closure | Electric utility deregulation | Hospital districts | Military bases | Public Utility Regulatory Act | Telecommunications infrastructure | Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund | Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board | Telephone deregulation |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 st29
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [89 pages  File size: 4,029 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the structure and governance of hospital districts in light of changes in funding, federal legislation and changes in methods of delivering health care services.
2. Study the feasibility of establishing an entity with specific responsibilities for preventing the downsizing or closure of Texas military bases.
3. Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including HB 2128, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, SB 373, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board and the implementation of assessments on the state's cellular and wireless telecommunications industries.
Committee: House Liquor Regulation
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, Seventy second Legislature : report of the Committee on Liquor Regulation, Texas House of Representatives, Seventy first Legislature.
Subjects: Alcohol laws and regulations | Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Texas | Bingo | Houston, Texas | Military bases | Supreme Court decisions, U.S. | Zoning |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 l669
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
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Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To monitor all activities and to have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 22.
2. To study the feasibility of requiring military installations to purchase liquor from state distributors, in light of the recent US Supreme Court decision to hear arguments in this case.
3. To study the transition of bingo regulation administration to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
4. To study the problems of cantinas and pubs in areas without zoning laws and what impact they have on neighborhoods.
Committee: House Liquor Regulation
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee on Liquor Regulation, Texas House of Representatives, Seventieth Legislature : to the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, Seventieth Legislature.
Subjects: Alcohol laws and regulations | Alcohol-related deaths | Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Texas | Alcoholic beverages | Alcoholism | Driving while intoxicated | Military bases | Open container laws | Sobriety tests | Traffic fatalities | Traffic safety | Underage drinking |
Library Call Number: L1836.70 l669
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View report [104 pages  File size: 4,115 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To monitor all activities and have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards, and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 22.
2. To study the industry response and ramifications of the trainer serving program as mandated by HB 1963, 70th Legislature, Regular Session, including a review of the Alcohol Beverage Commission's rules.
3. To study the law enforcement reaction to new laws enacted during the 70th Legislature with regard to driving while intoxicated and open containers.
4. To study the impact and relationship of the 21 year old drinking age limit on highway and road safety.
5. To study the feasibility and impact of requiring military installations to purchase liquor from state distributors.
6. To study the production of an educational video designed to be distributed to primary and secondary schools in Texas informing students of effects of alcohol and alcohol awareness.
Committee: House Liquor Regulation
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 70th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Alcohol laws and regulations | Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Texas | Alcoholic beverages | Military bases | Open container laws | Sunset review process | Wine and wine industry |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 l669
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [20 pages  File size: 660 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor all activities and have budget and oversight responsibilities for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
2. Study the effects of the implementation of the "across the board" sunset provisions of HB 2084, 69th Legislature, Regular Session, to determine whether the Alcoholic Beverage Commission has implemented these provisions and if any are causing unforeseen difficulties or problem areas.
3. Study the continuing growth of the Texas wine and grape industry in comparison with the industry in California and other states.
4. Do a comparative study of survey of "happy hour" regulations including those of other states and to determine whether they are best regulated through statute or by rule-making authority.
5. Review and study statistics and enforcement histories of locally adopted "open container" ordinances.
6. Study the effects of the United States Department of Defense purchasing alcoholic beverages outside the state's regulated channels.

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