NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: Veteran Affairs & Military Installations

TIME & DATE:  9:00AM, Tuesday, September 26, 2006

PLACE: El Paso, Texas

CHAIR: Senator Leticia Van de Putte


The Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations will

meet in El Paso, Texas.  The hearing will be held at the El Paso Community

College Transmountain Campus, 9570 Gateway Blvd. North, El Paso, Texas

79924 at 9:00am.  The Committee will meet jointly with the Senate

Subcommittee on Base Realignment and Closure.

The Committee will hear invited and public testimony on the following

interim charges:

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 issue, 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