San Antonio Chamber of Commerce: Governor’s Committee to Support Army on Track to Legislative Victories for 87th Legislative Session

June 25, 2021

Earlier this year, the Governor’s Committee for Army Support published its 2020 report and then dutifully followed the legislation that supported their recommendations throughout the 87th Legislative Session, all in the hope of supporting workforce development goals, improving the quality of life for military personnel and families in Texas by focusing on education and health; and adding military value to our local communities by mitigating encroachment and infrastructure issues.

After following more than 170 invoices affecting the military and veterans, the Committee was proud to see 45 of them cross the finish line and become law.

The Governor’s Committee to Support the Army was established in September 2018 and consists of up to 22 people, chaired by President Keith Sledd, Executive Director of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance, and Vice President Lori Stinson , vice president of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. President of Military Affairs and Leadership Development. The committee includes Texas-resident veterans, community leaders and business leaders and recently added Fred Milton of New Boston, Texas, who is President and CEO of Milton Integrated Logistics, Inc.

“A lot of work goes into crafting the language of legislation, researching impacts, identifying stakeholders and finding champions to champion the cause, but it’s a great job to do. team. We are proud to help advance the needle for our military members, families and missions, ”said Lori Stinson. “Locally, outside of the San Antonio House Military Affairs Council, all of our priorities quickly gained ground and won thanks to the invaluable support of our local advocates and lawmakers like Representative Diego Bernal, Representative Ray Lopez, Senator José Menéndez and Senator Donna. Campbell. We even reached out to the whole state to find support from Rep. Lina Ortega and many others as well. We are grateful for these strong relationships to support our military partners statewide. “

Here are some notable victories:

  • DEAAG Grant-Certified for $ 30 Million.
  • SB149: Regulation of drones over military installations and installations.-In force on 01/09/2021
  • SB780: The local government can enter into an intergovernmental support agreement with a branch of the United States armed forces. – Effective 05/24/2021.
  • SB1524: relates to a sales tax credit of $ 2,500 for each veteran and military spouse participating in an approved apprenticeship program. -Effective January 1, 2022.
  • HB139: State Professional License for Certain Veterans and Military Spouses – Effective 09/01/2021
  • HB2365: Reimbursement of Certain Military Medical Facilities and Affiliated Medicaid Healthcare Providers. -Effective 09/01/2021.
  • HB3399: relates to the authority of the Texas Department of Transportation to provide highway services on federal military property. -Effective 09/01/2021.
  • HB3932: Establishes State Advisory Council on Educational Opportunities for Military Children. – In force on 01/09/2021.

The main tasks of the committee are as follows:

  • Study and make recommendations on how best to maintain and enhance the military value of existing military installations in Texas.
  • Study and make recommendations on how best to make Texas a more attractive destination for additional military missions.
  • Collaborate with local governments and chambers of commerce to explore surrounding civilian infrastructure and identify competing and complementary needs between private development, private landowner rights, and military necessities.
  • Review the 2005 criteria used by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission and identify strategies to avoid future base closures.
  • Coordinate with the Texas Military Preparation Commission and the Texas Military Valor Working Group.

For any questions relating to the Governor’s Committee for Supporting the Military or the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s military advocacy efforts, please contact Lori Stinson at [email protected]amber.org.

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