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House Committee on Defense and Veterans' Affairs - 81st R.S. (2009)

Committee Members
Frank Corte, Jr., Chair
Allen Vaught, Vice Chair
Norma Chavez
Al Edwards
Joe Farias
Diana Maldonado
Solomon P. Ortiz, Jr.
Joe C. Pickett
Chris Turner
Charges
• Investigate strategies to address incompatible land use surrounding Texas military installations. Study approaches that minimize conflict with neighboring landowners.
• Evaluate the advantages, including potential cost savings, of centralizing call center activities for referral to benefits providers for veterans.
• Monitor and review the disbursement and use of border and homeland security funds. Evaluate the effectiveness in meeting the state's border and homeland security program goals and objectives. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Appropriations
• Study ways the state can enhance military and overseas voters' ability to obtain and return balloting materials and reduce burdens on those voters' exercise of their right to vote. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Elections
• Monitor the implementation of SB 1940, 81st Legislature, Regular Session, which established veterans court programs in Texas, and examine the link between combat stress disorders of war veterans, including post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, and the onset of criminal behavior. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

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