NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

TIME & DATE: 10:00AM, Tuesday, September 12, 2006

PLACE: Webster, TX

CHAIR: Senator Leticia Van de Putte


The Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations will
meet on September 12, 2006, at the Webster Civic Center, 311 Pennsylvania
Ave., Webster, Texas 77598 at 10:00am.  The Committee will then meet
jointly with the Subcommittee on Base Realignment and Closure at 12:00pm.

The Committee will meet to discuss the following:
Invited testimony on Ellington Field, as well as testimony on interim
charges 1,2,and 3.

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 Veteran Land Board Loan Programs, and make
recommendations for improving efficiency and effectiveness.

3. Monitor the implementation of 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