NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

TIME & DATE: 10:00AM, Thursday, October 3, 2002

PLACE: Corpus Christi, Texas

CHAIR: Senator Eliot Shapleigh

Meeting will be held in the Warren Theater, TX A&M Corpus Campus

I.    Call to Order

II.   Opening Remarks

III.  Discussion of Committee Charges 1, 4, 5 and 6:

      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.  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 Veteran Affairs.

      C.  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.

      D.  Monitor the current mobilization of Texas military forces
          and the role of National Guard Armories to determine if
          increased assistance from the state is necessary for an
          efficient and timely response.

IV.   Invited and Public Testimony

V.    Recess