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Texas Laws | Natural Resources Code
NATURAL RESOURCES CODE
TITLE 7. RESOURCES PROGRAMS

(B) at the time of the person's enlistment, induction, commissioning, appointment, or drafting was a bona fide resident of this state or has resided in this state at least one year immediately before the date of filing an application under this chapter; and (13350)

(C) at the time of the person's application under this chapter is a bona fide resident of this state. The term includes the unmarried surviving spouse of a veteran who died or who is identified as missing in action if the deceased or missing veteran meets the requirements of this section, with the exception that the deceased or missing veteran need not have served 90 days under Paragraph (A)(i) of this subdivision, and if the deceased or missing veteran was a bona fide resident of this state at the time of enlistment, induction, commissioning, appointment, or drafting. (13351)

(8) "Commission" means the Texas Veterans Commission. (13352)

(b) Notwithstanding Subdivision (7) of Subsection (a) of this section, the board may by rule change the definition of "veteran" as necessary or appropriate to protect the best interests of the program. If the board adopts a rule to change the definition of "veteran" to include a person who served in the armed forces of the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975, the rule must include procedures for establishing proof of that service. (13353)

(c) For purposes of this section, a person who has been discharged from the branch of the service in which the person served or from the Texas National Guard is considered not to have been dishonorably discharged if the person: (13354)

(1) received an honorable discharge; (13355)

(2) received a discharge under honorable conditions; or (13356)

(3) received a discharge and provides evidence from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, its successor, or other competent authority that indicates that the character of the person's duty has been determined to be other than dishonorable. (13357)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2655, ch. 871, art. I, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 798, Sec. 1; Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 298, Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 1989; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 242, Sec. 1.01, eff. Aug. 30, 1993; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 83, Sec. 1, eff. May 11, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1145, Sec. 1, 2, eff. June 20, 2003. (13358)

Amended by: (13359)

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 17 (S.B. 581), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2005. (13360)

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 334 (H.B. 3140), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007. (13361)

Sec. 161.011. VETERANS LAND BOARD DESIGNATED. (13362)(Text)

The Veterans Land Board is a state agency designated to perform the governmental functions authorized in Article III, Section 49-b of the Texas Constitution. (13363)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2655, ch. 871, art. I, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (13364)

Sec. 161.0111. SUNSET PROVISION. (13365)(Text)

The Veterans' Land Board is subject to review under Chapter 325, Government Code (Texas Sunset Act), but is not abolished under that chapter. The board shall be reviewed during the period in which state agencies abolished in 2019 and every 12th year after 2019 are reviewed. (13366)

Added by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 798, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 167, Sec. 2.20(42), eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 17, Sec. 3.08, eff. Nov. 12, 1991; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 970, Sec. 2.03, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1169, Sec. 2.10, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1481, Sec. 2.04, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1112, Sec. 2.05, eff. Sept. 1, 2003. (13367)

Amended by: (13368)

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 334 (H.B. 3140), Sec. 2, eff. June 15, 2007. (13369)

Sec. 161.013. EXECUTIVE SECRETARY AND ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE SECRETARY. (13370)(Text)

(a) The board shall select an executive secretary and an assistant executive secretary, each of whom shall be nominated by the commissioner and approved by a majority of the board. (13371)

(b) The executive secretary and assistant executive secretary shall perform all duties required of them by the board. (13372)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2655, ch. 871, art. I, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (13373)

Sec. 161.014. EMPLOYEES. (13374)(Text)

(a) The commissioner may employ all other employees that may be necessary for the discharge of the board's duties. The employees may include stenographers, typists, bookkeepers, surveyors, appraisers, and other employees in the number and for the time necessary to perform these duties. (13375)

(b) The employees of the board are considered to be employees of the land office, and civil and criminal laws regulating the conduct and relations of the employees of the land office apply to the employees of the board. (13376)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2656, ch. 871, art. I, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. (13377)

Sec. 161.015. COMPENSATION AND DUTIES OF EMPLOYEES. (13378)(Text)

The employees of the board shall be paid their compensation and shall perform their duties with the same rules and requirements of the general law governing other state employees in those respects. (13379)

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