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9 Document(s) [ Subject: Veterans Commission, Texas ]

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: 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: 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
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations report and recommendations to the 80th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Dental care | Fort Bliss | Job training programs | Military personnel | Subprime lending | Veterans | Veterans cemeteries | Veterans Commission, Texas | Veterans homes | Veterans' health care | Voting by mail | Voting rights | Workforce Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 V641
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [44 pages  File size: 2,250 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine issues and problems with overseas military voting and explore the possibility of establishing a single point of contact for Texas military voters. Consider requirements of the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act and review systems established in other states.
2. Compile an inventory of state veterans' benefits, including health care facilities and nursing homes across the state, the state veteran cemetery system, job training programs, educational benefits, and re-employment rights issues, and the Texas Veterans Land Board Loan Programs, and make recommendations for improving efficiency and effectiveness.
3. Monitor the implementation legislation transferring the veteran employment programs under the Texas Workforce Commission to the Texas Veterans Commission. Monitor the implementation of legislation establishing a database in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that tracks veterans' usage of the Hazlewood higher education tuition exemption.
4. Examine other issues facing the 80th Legislature, such as oral health of guardsmen and reservists, Ellington Field and Fort Bliss, predatory lending, TRICARE provider shortages, business and employment issues for veterans, and the need for a VA hospital in the Rio Grande Valley.
Committee: House State Affairs
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the Texas House of Representatives, 77th Legislature / Committee on State Affairs.
Subjects: Aircraft Pooling Board | Broadband technology | e-commerce | Ethics Commission, Texas | General Services Commission, Texas | Human Rights, Texas Commission on | Incentive and Productivity Commission, Texas | Information Resources, Texas Department of | Internet | Lobbyists | Privacy | Public Utility Counsel, Office of | Revolving door policies | Social Security numbers | Telephone deregulation | Telephone service | Television stations | Veterans Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 st29h
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [250 pages  File size: 1,105 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the authority of state and local governments to require cable television companies to provide access to competitors and to affect the rates, terms and conditions under which access is provided. Consider the speed of change in the telecommunications industry and the implications of the state assuming new regulatory responsibilities in this industry, including the question of whether any or all providers of broadband service should be required to provide access to competitors.
2. Review the current state of privacy laws in Texas as they relate to businesses' or government's ability to disseminate personal information without prior written permission.
3. Study the nature and extent of lobby influence on the legislative process.
4. Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including monitoring the implementation of SB 560, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, and changes in telecommunications markets resulting from the legislation.
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, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Commission on the Arts, Texas | Economic development | Economic Development, Texas Department of | Historical Commission, Texas | Official designations | Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of | Poets Laureate | Rural areas | Rural issues | Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund | Tourism | Transportation, Texas Department of | Veterans | Veterans Commission, Texas | Veterans' health care |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 st30
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [50 pages  File size: 1,923 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the tourism benefits of a program linking tourist destinations by signage, maps, trails, and other means. Consider how such a program should be coordinated, in light of different agencies' responsibilities for tourism and transportation and for natural, cultural and historical sites.
2. Study the demographics of Texas' population of military veterans. Compare and contrast veterans' demographics with those of the general population to determine which current or prospective programs have the most benefit.
3. Review the practices used by other states to designate "state artists" and "state poets." Consider the value of having a permanent procedure for making such designations in Texas.
4. Assess the potential of community telecommunications networks and technology centers for tourism and business development.
5. Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Veterans' Affairs, Special
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Veterans Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1994 : a report to the House of Representatives, 74th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Veterans | Veterans Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.73 v641
Session: 73rd R.S. (1993)
Online version: View report [31 pages  File size: 1,325 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. To examine the needs of Texas veterans; the measures state, local and federal governments have undertaken to meet the special needs of Texas veterans; and other measures that should be undertaken.

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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