NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

TIME & DATE:  1:30PM, Tuesday, October 30, 2001

PLACE: Betty King Committee Room

CHAIR: Senator Carlos F. Truan


I.    Roll Call

II.   Committee Business
      A.  Introduction of Staff
      B.  Adoption of Interim Committee Rules

III.  Discussion of Interim Charges, No. 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

      Charge No. 2: Evaluate the effects of the increased bonding authority
      granted to the Veterans Land Board in HB 2453, 77th Legislature.

      Charge No. 3: Evaluate veteran land and housing fund programs,
      including nursing homes.  The Committee shall determine if the demand
      for veterans nursing home beds is exceeding the available supply.

      Charge No. 4: Monitor the implementation of the following legislation
      from the 77th Session: HB 310 relating to veterans cemeteries;
      HB 2125 relating to public school admission for military personnel
      and dependents; and SB 1159 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 Affairs.

      Charge No. 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.

      Charge No. 6: Monitor the current mobilization of Texas military
      forces and the role of National Guard Armories to determine if
      increased assistance from the state if necessary for an efficient and
      timely response.