Veteran & Military Bills Passed - 80th Session

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Bill Number

HB 86

Caption/Summary

Relating to tuition rebates provided by general academic teaching institutions to students who participate in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.  Helps ROTC students participating in the B on Time Loan program.

Authors

Branch | Garcia

Coauthors

Brown, Fred | Parker

Sponsor

Ogden

Effective Date

6/15/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 125

Caption/Summary

Relating to tuition and fee exemptions for the children of certain military personnel.  Allows the children of totally disabled veterans to access the Hazlewood tuition exemption.

Authors

Delisi | Corte, Frank | Escobar | Garcia | Haggerty

Coauthors

Aycock | Crabb | Farabee | Gonzalez Toureilles | Guillen | et al.

Sponsor

Van de Putte

Cosponsor

Uresti

Effective date

6/16/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 191

Caption/Summary

Relating to fees for issuance of specialty license plates to members and former members of the United States armed forces and their surviving spouses.  HB 191 brackets the many types of military license plates into three categories, and makes each category uniform regarding charges for the license plates, and reduces or eliminates the fees for some plates.

Authors

Miller | Pickett | Leibowitz | Escobar

Sponsor

Carona

Effective date

6/15/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 233

Caption/Summary

Relating to a waiver or reduction of concealed handgun license fees for certain members and veterans of the military.  Waives CHL fee altogether for active duty/current guard/reserve members and honorably discharged veterans who were discharged in the last 365 days.  Reduces fee for all other veterans by 50 percent.

Authors

Ritter | Howard, Charlie | Merritt | Guillen | Farabee

Coauthors

Chavez | Crabb | Gallego | Hopson | Hughes | et al.

Sponsor

Estes

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 1187

Caption/Summary

Relating to vouchers for tuition and required fees at certain institutions of higher education and excused absences from public school for students who sound "Taps" at a veteran's funeral.  Provides a tuition exemption program to allow eligible students to play "Taps" at military funeral services in exchange for a tuition voucher at an institution of higher education in Texas.

Author

Morrison

Sponsor

Van de Putte

Effective date

6/15/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 1260

Caption/Summary

Relating to exempting certain military personnel from certain state and local governmental fees.  Exempts a service member preparing for deployment from certain fees such as those to obtain a marriage license or copy of birth certificate.

Author

Martinez, "Mando" | Escobar | Herrero | Guillen | Leibowitz

Sponsor

Hinojosa

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 1275

Caption/Summary

Relating to the appeal by an individual entitled to a veteran's preference of certain adverse employment decisions.  Allows a veteran claiming denial of veteran employment preference at public entity to appeal the decision to the governing board of the entity.

Author

McClendon | Rose

Sponsor

Uresti

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 1416

Caption/Summary

Relating to the authority of the Veterans' Land Board to sell certain loans issued by the Veterans' Land Board.  Allows VLB to sell land loans and operate more effectively.

Author

Corte, Frank

Coauthor

Aycock

Sponsor

Van de Putte

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 1633

Caption/Summary

Relating to the determination of eligibility for Medicaid for certain persons in the armed forces and their family members.  Expedites the process of applying for Medicaid for military families.

Author

Geren

Coauthor

King, Susan

Sponsor

Deuell

Cosponsor

Shapleigh

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 1852

Caption/Summary

Relating to the authority of a county to regulate the installation and use of lighting in certain areas.  Allows the commissioners court of a county located adjacent to a military installation to regulate the installation and use of outdoor lighting within five miles of the installation at the request of the installation's commanding officer. 

Author

Corte, Frank

Sponsor

Van de Putte

Effective date

5/25/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 1853

Caption/Summary

Relating to exempting certain state agencies from certain laws relating to real property transactions.  Enables the Veterans Land Board to operate more efficiently.

Author

Corte, Frank

Sponsor

Van de Putte

Effective date

5/25/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 2105

Caption/Summary

Relating to the issuance of disabled parking placards to and the registration of vehicles by certain veterans with disabilities. Allows certain veterans with disabilities to receive two disabled parking placards in addition to two sets of special license plates.

Authors

Chisum | Escobar | Vaught | Guillen

Coauthors

Gonzalez Toureilles | Miller

Sponsor

Williams

Effective date

5/15/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 2130

Caption/Summary

Relating to hunting and fishing license fee exemptions for certain members of the armed forces.  Currently, disabled vets and members of the US military forces can get a free hunting/fishing license.  This bill would expand the exemptions to include all members of the Texas Military Forces.

Authors

Noriega, Rick | Guillen | Leibowitz | Miller | Crabb

Coauthors

Eiland | Farabee

Sponsor

Harris

Effective date

5/25/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 2398

Caption/Summary

Relating to the issuance of specialty license plates to immediate family members of a person who dies while serving in the United States armed forces.  Establishes "Gold Star Spouse" and "Gold Star Family" license plates.

Authors

Delisi | Gonzalez Toureilles

Coauthors

Aycock | Miller

Sponsor

Wentworth

Effective date

6/15/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 2718

Caption/Summary

Relating to treatment of retrospective premiums for group life insurance issued through certain nonprofit membership associations.  Clarifies the exemption from taxation of certain monies paid to nonprofit armed services associations.

Authors

Paxton | Turner | Smith, Todd

Sponsor

Ellis

Effective date

6/15/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 2895

Caption/Summary

Relating to the criteria for awarding the Texas Humanitarian Service Medal to certain members of the state military forces.  Expands eligibility to members serving under Title 32 (state authority).

Author

Flynn

Sponsor

Hinojosa

Effective date

6/15/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 2896

Caption/Summary

Relating to an award for certain members of the state military forces and civilians for superior service.  Creates award.

Author

Flynn

Sponsor

Hinojosa

Effective date

6/15/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 2897

Caption/Summary

Relating to an award for certain members of the state military forces who served in defense support to a civilian authority mission.  Creates award.

Author

Flynn

Sponsor

Hinojosa

Effective date

6/15/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 3140

Caption/Summary

Relating to the review and functions of the Veterans' Land Board.  Sunset bill includes extensive recommendations and requirements.

Authors

Flynn | Cook, Byron | Truitt | Kolkhorst | McClendon

Coauthor

Aycock

Sponsor

Shapleigh

Effective date

6/15/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 3426

Caption/Summary

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Veterans Commission.  Sunset bill includes extensive recommendations and requirements.

Authors

Flynn | Cook, Byron | Truitt | Kolkhorst | McClendon

Coauthor

Anderson

Sponsor

Shapleigh

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 3470

Caption/Summary

Relating to the program of supplemental health coverage for individuals eligible under the TRICARE military health system offered through the Employees Retirement System of Texas.  Makes small change to law created by HB 417, 79th Legislature, allowing state employees to choose TRICARE coverage instead of the state health care plan.

Author

Delisi

Sponsor

Williams

Effective date

6/15/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 3537

Caption/Summary

Relating to the adoption of a child by a person serving in the military.  Ensures that a person's military status does not negatively affect an adoption.

Author

Garcia

Sponsor

Hinojosa

Effective date

6/15/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 3787

Caption/Summary

Relating to a probate fee exemption for estates of members of the armed forces of the United States who died while serving in a combat zone.  Exempts the estates of soldiers killed in combat zones from filing and administrative fees associated with probate of an estate.

Authors

Isett, Carl | Crabb | Haggerty

Coauthors

Berman | Flores | Goolsby | Hughes | Jones, Delwin | et al.

Sponsor

Shapleigh

Effective date

6/15/07

 

 

Bill Number

HB 3879

Caption/Summary

Relating to the powers and duties of defense base development authorities; modifying the power of eminent domain.  Clarifies the powers and duties of Port San Antonio.

Author

Menendez

Sponsor

Uresti

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

SB 90

Caption/Summary

Relating to the establishment of a pilot program to provide a ballot by electronic mail to military personnel serving overseas.  Allows the transmittal, under certain circumstances, of a ballot to a service member via electronic mail.

Author

Van de Putte

Coauthor

Uresti

Sponsors

Corte, Frank | Naishtat

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

SB 251

Caption/Summary

Relating to parking of a motor vehicle operated by or for the transportation of a veteran with a disability in certain parking spaces; providing a criminal penalty.  Allows a veteran with disabled plates to park in handicap spaces.

Author

Harris

Coauthors

Fraser | Shapleigh

Sponsor

Harper-Brown

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

SB 274

Caption/Summary

Relating to the issuance of Silver Star Medal license plates.  Creates plates for Silver Star Medal recipients.

Author

Estes

Coauthor

Brimer

Sponsor

Escobar

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

SB 277

Caption/Summary

Relating to the use in an advertisement of a name or picture of a member of the United States armed forces or the state military forces; providing a criminal penalty.  Prohibits the commercial use of a name or photo of service member without the consent of the person or his or her heirs.

Authors

Shapiro | Uresti

Sponsor

Harper-Brown

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

SB 309

Caption/Summary

Relating to the requirement that a career school or college adopt a refund policy for students called to active military service.  Establishes that requirement.

Author

Van de Putte

Coauthors

Uresti | Shapleigh

Sponsor

Garcia

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

SB 310

Caption/Summary

Relating to the Texas Veterans Commission's authority to make performance incentive awards for providing services to veterans.  Ensures that TVC can reward employees providing excellent service through federal funds designated for that purpose.

Author

Van de Putte

Coauthors

Uresti | West, Royce | Shapleigh

Sponsor

Farabee

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

SB 311

Caption/Summary

Relating to reemployment rights of certain members of the National Guard.  Protects the employment of a Texan serving in the National Guard of another state.

Author

Van de Putte

Coauthor

Shapleigh

Sponsor

Noriega, Rick

Effective date

6/15/07

 

 

Bill Number

SB 361

Caption/Summary

Relating to the deadline for submitting a federal postcard application to the early voting clerk.  Gives 10 extra days for military voters to register to vote.

Author

Janek

Sponsor

Davis, John

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

SB 363

Caption/Summary

Relating to protecting certain members of the Texas National Guard from exposure to depleted uranium and assisting certain members who may have been exposed to obtain federal government services.  Requires TVC and the Adjutant General to assist guard members and former members in obtaining screening and testing.

Author

Van de Putte

Coauthor

Uresti

Sponsor

Noriega, Rick

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

SB 685

Caption/Summary

Relating to an exemption from tuition and mandatory fees for certain members of the Texas National Guard.  Exempts guard members using the Tuition Assistance Program from paying mandatory fees.

Author

Van de Putte

Coauthor

Shapleigh

Sponsor

Noriega, Rick | Escobar

Effective date

6/16/07

 

 

Bill Number

SB 959

Caption/Summary

Relating to including the international symbol of access on certain specialty license plates.  Ensures that all specialty license plates in Texas can be made to contain the international symbol of access (the wheelchair logo).

Author

Shapleigh

Sponsor

Quintanilla

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

SB 960

Caption/Summary

Relating to the administration of exit-level state assessment instruments to transfer students who are dependents of military personnel.  Allows military-connected students who transfer into Texas high schools during junior year to use the SAT or ACT as their exit-level tests.

Author

Shapleigh

Sponsor

Haggerty

Effective date

Vetoed by the governor

 

 

Bill Number

SB 962

Caption/Summary

Relating to funding under the instructional facilities allotment and to payment of existing debt for school districts affected by troop reassignments at military installations.  Credits school districts dealing with an influx of students due to base realignment and closure in the facilities allotment process.

Author

Shapleigh

Sponsor

Haggerty

Effective date

9/1/07 (except as otherwise provided in the bill)

 

 

Bill Number

SB 1058

Caption/Summary

Relating to reintegration counseling services and related resources for military servicemembers.  Coordinates services for returning veterans and their families, using the 2-1-1 system and incorporating agencies and stakeholders at the federal, state, and local level.

Author

West, Royce

Coauthors

Shapleigh | Van de Putte | Hinojosa

Sponsors

Noriega, Rick | Merritt | Escobar | Raymond | Hodge

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

SB 1237

Caption/Summary

Relating to the powers and duties of defense base development authorities; modifying the power of eminent domain.  Clarifies the powers and duties of Port San Antonio.

Author

Uresti | Van de Putte

Sponsor

Menendez | Corte, Frank

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

SB 1724

Caption/Summary

Relating to abolishing the Texas Military Facilities Commission and transferring its functions to the adjutant general.  Abolishes the TMFC and transfers its functions to the Adjutant General's Department.

Author

Ogden

Sponsor

Noriega, Rick

Effective date

9/1/07

 

 

Bill Number

SB 1956

Caption/Summary

Relating to assistance for local areas affected by defense restructuring.  Cleans up the statutory language relating to the Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant, which was appropriated $5 million this session.

Author

Van de Putte

Coauthors

Eltife | Hinojosa

Sponsor

Corte, Frank

Effective date

9/1/07

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