HB 1457

84(R) - 2015
House Defense & Veterans' Affairs
House Defense & Veterans' Affairs

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Cesar Blanco

Bill Caption

Relating to designation of an employee within certain state agencies as a veteran's liaison.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

This legislation would amend government code to require state agency with more than 500 full-time employees, to designate an already full-time employee of the agency to serve as the veterans liaison for the agency.

The liaison will:

  • Stay informed on trends and developments in hiring veterans for positions within the agency and of services available to veterans within and outside the agency.
  • Recruit veterans for open positions within the agency.
  • Serve as the contact for veterans within and outside the agency to provide information about the agency and veterans employment and services available within and outside the agency.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill would require every agency to deem an already existing employee to become a veterans liaison with the purposes of recruiting veterans to open positions within the relative agency. This legislation is providing a specific preference to some agency employees, for being a veteran, that other qualified employees are not entitled to. We oppose this bill, as it goes against the individual liberty principle, for excluding non-veterans in hiring considerations. However, it does not affect our liberty principles, so we are neutral on HB 1457.