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Senate Research Center                                                                                                      S.B. 1958

81R12223 MCK-D                                                                                                 By: Van de Putte

                                                                                                                  Government Organization


                                                                                                                                              As Filed





There are non-profit veteran service agencies (VSAs) that are qualified as charitable organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The principal activities conducted by VSAs include housing assistance, substance abuse treatment, case management, and employment training for low-income veterans, disabled veterans, homeless veterans, and veterans' families.  In addition to these principal activities, many VSAs in Texas engage in business endeavors such as manufacturing, packaging, and maintenance services.  These business entities not only provide quality products and service for consumers; they create jobs for veterans and help generate revenue to be reinvested into their organization.


Section 2155.505 (Historically Underutilized and Small Businesses) Government Code, defines "small business" as a small business concern that is defined by 13 C.F.R. Section 121.201.  Section 2155 states that a "small business," if certified by the state as such, can bid for state procurement opportunities.  Since VSAs are not defined as a "small business," they currently cannot bid on state procurement opportunities.


As proposed,  S.B. 1958 amends Section 2155.505(a), Government Code to redefine "small business" to include a veterans service agency, and defines "veterans service agency."




This bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, institution, or agency.




SECTION 1.  Amends Section 2155.505(a), Government Code, by amending Subdivision (2) and adding Subdivision (3), as follows:


(2) Redefines "small business" to include a veterans service agency.


(3) Defines "veterans service agency."


SECTION 2.  Makes Section 2155.505(a), Government Code, of this Act, prospective.


SECTION 3.  Effective date: September 1, 2009.