HBA-TBM S.B. 1159 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 1159 By: Truan State, Federal & International Relations 4/23/2001 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, veteran service officers trained by the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) assist veterans in Texas on issues such as pensions, death benefits, educational assistance, home loans, insurance and hospitalization, and outpatient care provided by or through state agencies. Senate Bill 1159 requires TVC to adopt a memorandum of understanding with certain state agencies to coordinate the provision of services to state military veterans. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS Senate Bill 1159 amends the Government Code to require the Texas Veterans Commission to adopt a joint memorandum of understanding with the Texas Workforce Commission, the Veterans' Land Board, and any other agency of the state that administers a program applicable only to veterans or their family members to coordinate the provision of services to state military veterans. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.