MINUTES SENATE COMMITTEE ON VETERAN AFFAIRS AND MILITARY INSTALLATIONS Monday, February 8, 1999 12:00 pm Lt. Governor's Committee Room ***** Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.11, an Organizational Meeting for the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs & Military Installations was held on Monday , February 8, 1999 in the Lt. Governor's Committee Room, State Capitol, Austin, Texas. ***** MEMBERS PRESENT: MEMBERS ABSENT: Senator Carlos F. Truan, Chairman Senator Steve Ogden Senator Gregory Luna, Vice-Chairman Senator Troy Fraser Senator Eliot Shapleigh ***** Chairman Truan called the meeting to order at 12:10 p.m. The Committee Clerk called Roll and the Chairman pronounced a quorum present. The following business was transacted. Invited Guest speakers testifying as Resource witnesses were John A. Brieden, III, James S. Duncan, Members; and Billy Green, Deputy Administrator for the Texas Veterans Commission were recognized. Their topic of discussion was the importance of State maintained Veteran Cemetaries. Senators Shapleigh and Fraser were recognized and responded to these issues. Also, James Duncan testifying as a Resource witness, a member of the Texas Veterans Commission, addressed the issue of the Veterans not being made aware of all of the benefits that are available to them. The Chair then recognized the Chairman of the Texas Veterans Commission, Herbert W. Odell , who was asked to introduce other members of the Commission and also the Travis County Veterans Service Officer William McLemore, representing the Texas Coalition Veterans Organizations. The Chair called for the Adoption of the Committee Rules. Senator Luna made a motion that the Rules be adopted with Roll Call of 4 Ayes, 0 Nays, and 1 absent. Lesiglative Aide, Janeal Rohrbough, from the office of Rep. Bob Hunter, spoke regarding Military Apprecation Day. The date has been set for Tuesday, February 16, 1999 at the Capitol Ground Floor Rotunda . This is a ceremony recognizing active duty military personnel. Senator Truan introduced the members of his Staff to the Committee Members and guests present at the meeting. The Chairman then opened up discussion on the role and mission of the Committee and discussion between the Senators was held. There being no further business to transact Senator Luna moved that the Committe stand recessed subject to the call of the Chair. There being no objections, the motion passed. . _________________________________________ Senator Carlos F. Truan, Chairman _________________________________________ Emma Dibbles, Committee Clerk .