NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

TIME & DATE: 10:00AM, Thursday, May 23, 2002

PLACE: Killeen, Texas

CHAIR: Senator Eliot Shapleigh

Call Killeen Civic & Conference Center at 254-501-3888 for direction

I.    Call to Order

II.   Opening Remarks

III.  Discussion of Committee Charges 1, 2, 3 and 4

      A.  Monitor developments at the federal level regarding the
          Federal Base Realignment and Base Closure (BRAC) process, and
          the implementation of SB 1815, 77th Legislature, relating
          to loan assistance for communities affected by BRAC.

      B.  Evaluate the effects of the increased bonding authority
          granted to the Veterans Land Board in HB 2453, 77th

      C.  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.

      D.  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.

IV.   Invited and Public Testimony

V.    Recess