Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee

Committee Information


Director: Jennie Costilow

Committee Clerk: Sara Gonzalez

phone: (512) 463-2211
fax: (512) 463-7683
201 East 14th St., Suite 345
Austin, TX 78701

Schedule and Bills Referred to Committee Schedule, Minutes, Witness List and Bills Referred to Committee

Press Room

Icon: Press ReleaseJanuary 4, 2007
Updated list of Texans fallen in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom

Icon: Press ReleaseJuly 19, 2005
79th Texas Legislature Regular Session Veteran- and Military- Related Legislation

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 13, 2005
Van de Putte Issues Statement on BRAC

Icon: Press ReleaseApril 18, 2005
Senator Van de Putte Congratulates New Texas Adjutant General Chuck Rodriguez

Icon: Press ReleaseApril 13, 2005
Texas Senate Honors The Brave Heroes of The World War II Bataan March


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Interim Charges

  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.


The Committee shall submit copies of its final report no later than December 1, 2006. The printing of reports should be coordinated through the Secretary of the Senate. Copies of the final report should be sent to the Lieutenant Governor (5 copies), Secretary of the Senate, Senate Research, Legislative Budget Board, Legislative Council, and Legislative Reference Library.

The final report should include recommended statutory or agency rulemaking changes, if applicable. Such recommendations must be approved by a majority of the voting members of the Committee. Recommendations should also include state and local fiscal cost estimates, where feasible. The Legislative Budget Board is available to assist in this regard.

The following reports are available for download:

Budget and Staff

Travel costs shall be paid from the operating budgets of Senate members. All other costs shall be borne be the Senate Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Committee’s interim budget, as approved by the Senate Administration Committee.

The Committee should also seek the assistance of legislative and executive branch agencies where appropriate.

Interim Appointments

Pursuant to Section 301.041, Government Code, it may be necessary to change the membership of a committee if a member is not returning to the Legislature in 2007. This will ensure that the work of interim committees is carried forward into the 80th Legislative Session.

Committee Archives

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