84R14114 YDB-D
 
  By: Farias H.B. No. 4043
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the establishment of an unmanned ground vehicle pilot
  program at the Capitol Complex to employ veterans with a
  service-connected disability.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter E, Chapter 411, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 411.0626 to read as follows:
         Sec. 411.0626.  UNMANNED GROUND VEHICLE PILOT PROGRAM. (a)
  The department shall establish a pilot program to provide enhanced
  security in the Capitol Complex through the use of unmanned ground
  vehicles.
         (b)  To establish the pilot program, the department shall
  contract with a historically underutilized business that is a
  veteran-owned small business for the business to provide enhanced
  security in the Capitol Complex through the use of unmanned ground
  vehicles. The contract must expire on the second anniversary of the
  date the contract is executed and require the business to:
               (1)  employ veterans with a service-connected
  disability to control the unmanned ground vehicles through the use
  of remote control consoles; and
               (2)  deploy the unmanned ground vehicles in stages to
  increase the number of vehicles in the Capitol Complex over the term
  of the contract.
         (c)  Not later than September 1, 2018, the department shall
  file a report on the pilot program, including information on the
  program's costs and effectiveness, recommendations for
  continuation or cancellation, and any other information the
  department determines useful. The department shall submit the
  report to the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house
  of representatives, and each standing committee of the legislature
  with jurisdiction over security in the Capitol Complex.
         (d)  This section expires September 1, 2019.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.