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  S.B. No. 805
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to Texas women veterans.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 434.203, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 434.203.  COORDINATOR.  (a)  The executive director
  shall designate a women veterans coordinator for this state.
         (b)  The coordinator or the coordinator's designee shall
  serve as a liaison between state and federal agencies and
  organizations that provide benefits and services to women veterans.
         SECTION 2.  Section 434.204, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 434.204.  GENERAL PROGRAM DUTIES. The program shall:
               (1)  provide assistance to the women veterans of this
  state as provided by this subchapter;
               (2)  perform outreach functions to improve the
  awareness of women veterans of their eligibility for federal and
  state veterans' benefits and services;
               (3)  assess the needs of women veterans with respect to
  benefits and services;
               (4)  review programs, research projects, and other
  initiatives designed to address the needs of the women veterans of
  this state;
               (5)  make recommendations to the executive director
  regarding the improvement of benefits and services to women
  veterans; [and]
               (6)  incorporate issues concerning women veterans in
  commission planning regarding veterans' benefits and services; and
               (7)  in collaboration with appropriate state agencies,
  provide information to women veterans on services and resources
  provided by state or federal agencies and organizations to women
  veterans.
         SECTION 3.  Subchapter E, Chapter 434, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Sections 434.212, 434.213, and 434.214 to read as
  follows:
         Sec. 434.212.  WOMEN VETERANS REPORT. Not later than
  November 1 of each even-numbered year, the commission shall submit
  to the governor, lieutenant governor, and legislature a report on
  women veterans in this state. The report may be delivered
  electronically and must:
               (1)  estimate the:
                     (A)  number of women veterans in this state;
                     (B)  number of women veterans who contact the
  commission for assistance; and
                     (C)  number of women veterans who receive
  assistance from the commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, the
  Department of State Health Services, and other state agencies;
               (2)  identify the unique problems faced by women
  veterans; and
               (3)  recommend policy proposals, initiatives, and
  funding levels to address the problems identified in Subdivision
  (2).
         Sec. 434.213.  WOMEN VETERANS COMMUNITY OUTREACH CAMPAIGN.
  The women veterans coordinator designated under Section 434.203, in
  consultation with the Governor's Commission for Women, the United
  States Department of Veterans Affairs, and any other appropriate
  agency, shall conduct a community outreach campaign to:
               (1)  provide information relating to and increase
  awareness of benefits and services available to women veterans;
               (2)  improve access to benefits and services for women
  veterans;
               (3)  increase participation of women veterans in
  programs that provide benefits and services;
               (4)  provide information on the significant
  contributions of women veterans in this state; and
               (5)  provide information relating to and increase
  awareness of support groups and other organizations relating to
  family services, including services for women veterans who are
  single parents.
         Sec. 434.214.  APPLICATION FOR STATE AGENCY PROGRAMS,
  SERVICES, OR ASSISTANCE. (a)  This section applies to a state
  agency in the executive branch of state government, including a
  health and human services agency, that provides to adult women in
  this state a program, a service, or assistance, including the
  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, the supplemental
  nutrition assistance program, the women's health program,
  Medicaid, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women,
  Infants, and Children, and a housing program or service or housing
  assistance.
         (b)  A state agency shall include in each application for a
  program, a service, or assistance provided by the agency to adult
  women:
               (1)  a space to indicate whether the applicant is a
  veteran; and
               (2)  model language informing the applicant that she
  may be entitled to additional services because of her veteran
  status.
         (c)  The commission shall develop the model language
  required on an application under Subsection (b)(2). The language
  must include a link to the veterans website established under
  Section 434.102 or, for an online application, a hyperlink to that
  website.
         SECTION 4.  Subchapter C, Chapter 662, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 662.065 to read as follows:
         Sec. 662.065.  WOMEN VETERANS DAY. (a)  June 12 is Women
  Veterans Day to recognize the role of women in the military forces
  and to commemorate the sacrifices of and valor displayed by Texas
  women veterans.
         (b)  Women Veterans Day shall be regularly observed by
  appropriate programs and activities.
         SECTION 5.  Not later than November 1, 2018, the women
  veterans coordinator shall establish the women veterans community
  outreach campaign as required under Section 434.213, Government
  Code, as added by this Act, and the Texas Veterans Commission shall
  adopt any rules necessary to implement the campaign.
         SECTION 6.  (a)  Not later than December 1, 2017, the Texas
  Veterans Commission shall develop the model application language
  required by Section 434.214, Government Code, as added by this Act,
  and post that information on the commission's Internet website.
         (b)  Not later than March 1, 2018, each state agency subject
  to Section 434.214, Government Code, as added by this Act, shall
  modify the agency's application for programs, services, or
  assistance as necessary to implement that section.
         SECTION 7.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 805 passed the Senate on
  May 2, 2017, by the following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 1; and that the
  Senate concurred in House amendments on May 27, 2017, by the
  following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 1.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 805 passed the House, with
  amendments, on May 24, 2017, by the following vote: Yeas 146,
  Nays 0, two present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor