HB 194

83(R) - 2013

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Joe Farias

Bill Caption

Relating to considering ownership interests of certain disabled veterans in determining whether a business is a historically underutilized business for purposes of state contracting.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Summary: This legislation adds veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities to the definition of “economically disadvantaged persons”.  Additionally this bill directs the comptroller to add these veterans into reporting requirements concerning “historically under-utilized businesses”.

Analysis: We have seen no data or studies demonstrating that businesses owned by veterans with service-connected disabilities are historically under-utilized, so the basis for making this change is somewhat dubious. However, this legislation neither offends nor uplifts our liberty principals. We are neutral on this legislation.