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Notification Requirements for Land Use Regulations
Texas Local Government Code § 397.005 requires local governments that are adjacent or near a military installation, when an ordinance, rule, or plan proposed by the community may impact a defense base or the military exercise or training activities connected to the base, to seek comments and analysis from the defense base authorities concerning the compatibility of the proposed ordinance, rule, or plan with base operations. The local government it so consider and analyze the comments and analysis before making a final determination relating to the proposed ordinance, rule, or plan.

Texas H.B. 1665 of 2011 requires a defense community that includes a municipality with a population of more than 110,000 located in a county with a population of less than 135,000 and that has not adopted airport zoning regulations under the Airport Zoning, that proposes to approve a proposed structure or adopt or amend an ordinance, rule, or plan in an area located within eight miles of the boundary line of a defense base to notify, rather than seek comments and analysis from, the defense base authorities concerning the compatibility of the proposal with base operations. 

Texas Local Government Code § 397
Texas H.B. 1665 of 2011

Analysis by Adjutant General of Facility Needs
H.B. 282 of 2011 requires the Adjutant General, before granting or conveying an interest in real property, to conduct an analysis evaluating whether each unit of the state military forces has adequate facility space to ensure that ongoing operations are maintained.

H.B. 282 of 2011

Texas Military Value Revolving Loan Fund
Texas voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 20 (SJR 55) in 2003, which authorizes state agencies to obligate up to $250 million in general obligation bonds or notes to "provide loans to defense-related communities, that will be repaid by the defense-related community, for economic development projects, including projects that enhance the military value of military installations."

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Military Preparedness Act
The Military Preparedness Act (S.B. 652 of 2003) established the Texas Military Preparedness Commission. The Commission advised the Governor and Legislature on military issues and their related economic and industrial development, and made recommendations regarding policies and plans to support the long-term military mission viability. The Act sunset in September 2007, but in 2009 the Legislature passed H.B. 2546, which removed the sunset date from the Texas Sunset Act. The bill also administratively ties Texas Military Preparedness Commission to the Texas Economic Development and Tourism in the Office in the Office of the Governor. 

Contact:
​Mr. Keith Graf, Director
Texas Military Preparedness Commission
Office of the Governor
P. O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 936-0100
tmpc@governor.state.tx.us

Military Preparedness Act
H.B. 2546 of 2009
Texas Military Preparedness Commission

An Act relating to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission and Strategic Planning Regarding Military Bases and Defense Installations 

An Act relating to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission and Strategic Planning Regarding Military Bases and Defense Installations (SB 1200 of 2013) established the Texas Commanders Council. The Council, which is composed of the commanding officers of military installations in the state, is required to meet with the Military Preparedness Commission to discuss issues facing military installations, develop recommendations for ways the state can enhance and complement the mission of military installations, and improve coordination with relevant state agencies. 

The Act also expanded eligibility for Defense Economic Adjustment Grants as discussed below. 

S.B. 1200 of 2013

Matching Funds 
Texas Government Code §431.017 (SB 1439 of 2003) permits the Governor, after consultation with the Adjutant General and the Executive Director of the Texas Military Facilities Commission, to authorize matching funds to obtain federal funds for projects at military facilities.

Texas Government Code §431.017

Money for Administration/Allocation of Resources
Texas Government Code §436.1531 and §436.1532 authorizes the Texas Military Preparedness Commission to award loans for economic development projects to defense communities adversely impacted by or positively affected by base realignment or closure and sets out procedures and criteria for the loans. 

SB 1200 of 2013 added §436.20, §436.202, §436.202 which added eligibility criteria for g Defense Economic Adjustment Grants for local governments and allows the Commission to make grants to match a local government’s contribution for construction, rehabilitation of facilities, and purchase of equipment for facilities. 

SB 1200 of 2013
Texas Government Code §436.1531
Texas Government Code §436.1532

​Directors of a Defense Base Management Authority
S.B. 1493 of 2011 decreases from 15 to 11 the number of directors on the board of a defense adjustment management authority and to decrease proportionately the number of appointments to the board made by the municipality that created the authority and the county in which that municipality is primarily located. This bill sets out provisions relating to director residency requirements and qualifications. The bill requires the board of an authority to annually study and report to the legislature regarding the effectiveness of the authority

S.B. 1493 of 2011

Exchanges on State Military Property
S.B. 1732 of 2011 authorize the Adjutant General to establish and contract for the operation of not more than three military-type post exchanges on any real property under the management and control of the adjutant general's department and to designate facilities located on department property as a post exchange.

S.B. 1732 of 2011


Open Space/Conservation

Conservation Easement Statutes
Texas Natural Resources Code §183.001 et seq. provides for the state’s conservation easement statutes that authorize the creation of permanent easements on real property for conservation and historic preservation purposes.

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Forest Legacy Program
The Texas Forest Service serves as the lead agency for the state’s Forest Legacy program.  The purpose of the program is to protect environmentally important forestlands from conversion to non-forest uses, generally through the acquisition of conservation easements from willing landowners within a designated Forest Legacy Area.

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Prevention of Encroachment Surrounding Military Bases
Proposition 1, approved by voters on the November 3, 2009 ballot, authorizes the financing, including through tax increment financing, of the acquisition by municipalities and counties of buffer areas or open spaces adjacent to a military installation for the prevention of encroachment or for the construction of roadways, utilities or other infrastructure to protect or promote the mission of the military installation.

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Regional Readiness Cooperative
The Regional Readiness Cooperative is a partnership between Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and North Carolina State University which has a goal of solving incompatible land use issues near military installations. The Cooperative works with the military and state and local governments to develop science, policy, and outreach to support military readiness and conservation. 

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Southern New Mexico and El Paso Joint Land Use Study 
The Southern New Mexico and El Paso Joint Land Use Study is a collaborative study of land use compatibility issues involving state and local governments, state and local agencies, and military installations along the El Paso and New Mexico border. The study will develop non-binding policy recommendations to promote harmony between military and civilian land use.

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Light Pollution/Dark Night Skies

H.B. 1013 of 2009 allows, on the request of a United States military installation, base, or camp commanding officer, the commissioners court of a county to adopt orders regulating the installation and use of outdoor lighting within five miles of the installation, base, or camp in any unincorporated territory of the county to remove the provision that the county must be located immediately adjacent to the installation, base, or camp.

H.B. 1013 of 2009 


Administrative

Texas Military Preparedness Commission 
See above.

The Texas Military Preparedness Commission is required to submit an annual report by July 1 entitled, “A Master Plan for the Future.”

2008 Annual Report
Commissioners


State Contact Information

State Military Liaison
Yvette Gonzalez, Legislative Liaison
Government Affairs Office
2200 W. 35th Street
Bldg. 42
Austin, Texas  78731
(512) 782-5209
Yvette.Gonzalez2@us.army.mil 

Adjutant General
Major General John F. Nichols, Adjutant General
Texas Military Forces
P.O. Box 5218
Camp Mabry
Austin, Texas 78763-5218
(512) 782-5027
(512) 782-5578 fax
john.nichols @tx.ngb.army.mil

Governor’s Policy Director
Kate McGrath
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-1778
(512) 463-1975 fax

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
While legislation regarding military issues may be referred to a number of different committees, the majority of legislation is referred to the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations and its Subcommittee on Base Realignment and Closure in the Senate and the House Committee on Defense Affairs and State-Federal Relations in the House. A significant amount of legislation regarding military issues stems from the interim committee meetings of those committees during even years.  

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations
Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Chair
Mr. Brent Turner, Committee Director
201 East 14th Street, Suite 345
Austin, Texas  78701
(512) 463-2211
(512) 463-7683 fax

Subcommittee on Base Realignment and Closure
Senator Eliot Shapleigh, Chair
Mr. David Edmondson, Committee Director
201 East 14th Street, Room 460
Austin, Texas  78701
(512) 463-4779

House Committee on Defense and Veterans’ Affairs
Rep. José Menéndez, Chair
Mr. Dwight Clark, Committee Clerk
EXT E2.160
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768-2910
(512) 463-1393