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Texas Vet Legislation Update 01:
« on: June 01, 2013, 05:59:30 pm »
Texas Vet Legislation Update 01:   
Following is the current status of key veteran related bills that the Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations
(TCVO) has been supporting:

Veteran Related Tax Exemptions
   Bills pertaining to 100% property tax exemption for surviving spouses of service members killed in action or dies while on active duty HJR 62 passed the House 5/10/13 and passed the Senate on 5/21/13. HJR 62 will be sent to the Secretary of State as a proposed amendment to the State Constitution.
   On the Senate side SB 163, which would exempt the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the USA who is killed in action. SB 163 passed the House and Senate on 5/24/13, and was approved by Governor Perry on 5/27/13. NOTE: this Act takes effect 1 January 2014, but only if HJR 62 (a change to the Texas Constitution) is approved by the voters in the November Proposition ballots.
   HB 214 and HJR 21, which propose a 100% exemption for property taxes for the surviving spouse of a 100% disabled veteran who died before the current law went into effect on 1 Jan 2009, were referred to the House Ways & Means Committee as of 2/5/13. 4/25/13 HB 214 and HJR 21 were reported favorably without amendments from the House Ways & Means Committee, and on 5/2/13 were sent to Calendars. There has been no movement and the bills are considered dead.
SB 465 and SJR 30, and its companion bills HB 1217 and HJR 82, which address increasing the dollar amount from the appraised value of the property of a veteran disabled less than 100% have been left pending in the Senate Finance Committee since May. On the House side HB 1217 has been left pending in the House Ways and Means Committee since 4/22/13. Both bills are dead.
HJR 24: proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization. HJR 24 was signed by the House on 5/24/13 and the Senate on 5/26/17, and will be sent to the Governor for approval or veto.
HB 97, the enabling legislation for HJR 24 passed the House on 5/10/13, and passed the Senate as Amended on 5/22/13, and was approved by Governor Perry on 5/27/13. NOTE: this Act takes effect 1 January 2014, but only if HJR 24 (a change to the Texas Constitution) is approved by the voters in the November Proposition ballots.
Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses
HB 194: Will place SDVOBs as "economically disadvantaged" which will allow SDVOBs to compete for State contracts in the same category as HUBs (Historically Underutilized Businesses: race, gender, and ethnicities) if their VA rated disability is 20% or greater. The bill was voted out of the House Defense Affairs Committee favorably without amendments on 3/28/13. HB 194 passed with amendments from the House on 5/8/13, passed the Senate on 5/22/13. 5/27/13: HB 194 was signed in the House and the Senate, and was sent to the Governor 5/27/13 for approval or veto.
Fund for Veterans Assistance
HB 633: Relating to a voluntary contribution to the fund for veterans' assistance when applying for a driver's license or personal identification certificate. 4/11/13: passed House; reported Engrossed; passed the Senate on 5/22/13 and was reported. 5/24/13: report enrolled and signed in the House. HB 633 was sent to the Governor for approval or veto on 5/27/13.

General
HB 1123: Toll road exemptions for Medal of Honor, Disabled Veterans, and Purple Heart recipients. Passed the House on 5/8/13; passed the Senate on 5/22/13. 5/23/13: Senate passage reported in the House. 5/25/13: signed in the House. HB 1123 was sent to the Governor for approval or veto on 5/27/13.
HB 1678: Relating to the issuance of specialty license plates for surviving spouses of disabled veterans of the United States armed forces; authorizing a fee. 5/26/13 HB 1678 has passed the House and the Senate; 5/27/13: sent to the Governor for approval or veto.
SB 981: Relating to electric utility bill payment assistance programs for certain veterans burned in combat. 5/20/13 passed the House; 5/24/13: signed in the Senate. SB 981 was sent to the Governor for approval or veto on 5/27/13.
SB 1159: Relating to higher education for certain military personnel and their dependents: readmission to graduate and professional programs. SB 1159 was signed in the House and Senate on 5/27/13. SB 1159 will be sent to the Governor for approval or veto.
HB 485: Relating to the amount of the fees paid by certain peace officers, correctional officers, members of the state military forces, and veterans of the armed forces for a license to carry a concealed handgun and to the issuance of such a license to certain peace officers and members of the state military forces; authorizing a fee. 5/21/13: signed in the House and the Senate; 5/22/13: sent to the Governor for approval or veto.
SB 162: Relating to the occupational licensing of spouses of members of the military and the eligibility requirements for certain occupational licenses issued to applicants with military experience. 5/6/13: signed in the House and the Senate; 5/18/13: signed by the Governor. Effective Immediately. HB 3064: Relating to the disposition of unclaimed cremated remains of certain veterans. 5/20/13: signed in the House and the Senate; 5/20/13: sent to the Governor for approval or veto.
HB 150: Relating to the display of flags at half-staff at the Capitol building to honor service members killed in action. 5/20/13: signed in the House and Senate; 5/20/13: sent to the Governor for approval or veto.
SB 597: Relating to the issuance of specialty license plates for certain Operation Enduring Freedom veterans. 4/4/13: passed the Senate; 5/23/13: passed the House. 5/24/13 SB 597 is enrolled and sent to the Governor for approval or veto.
HB 402: Relating to a medal for certain members of the state military forces who served during the Cold War; authorizing a fee. 5/20/13: signed in the House and the Senate; 5/20/13: sent to the Governor for approval or veto.
SB 1476: Relating to the creation of the Veteran Entrepreneur program by the Texas Veterans Commission. 5/16/13: approved by the House and the Senate. 5/27/13 approved by the Governor.
HB 1514: Provides World War II veterans with veterans license plates that allow them to receive privileged parking benefits including use of most parking meters free of charge. Governor Perry approved the bill on 5/27/13.
[Source: TCVO Legislative Liaison | John Miterko | 27 May 2013 ++]
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