HB 2123

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

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Positive


Phil King

Bill Caption

Relating to participation of the state military forces in the state group benefits program.

Fiscal Notes

The fiscal implications of the bill cannot be determined at this time due to the unavailability of data regarding the number of members of active military forces that would be called to active duty for longer than 60 days. Furthermore, data for the number of service members that already have insurance coverage and would not participate in the state group benefits program is not available. 

Bill Analysis

This legislation would amend the Government Code to provide the full state contribution for insurance coverage with the Employees Retirement System (ERS) Group Benefits Program for state military forces called to active duty that serve beyond 60 days.

This legislation only pertains to certain missions.  Currently, the only operation this legislation would impact is the Operation Strong Safety II mission.

Vote Recommendation Notes

We support this legislation as it supports individual liberty in personal responsibility. Under the proposed legislation, members of the National Guard currently serving a deployment longer than 60 days, in state, would be eligible to be considered a full-time employee and eligible for insurance if they already are not enrolled in another program. 

This legislation supports our troops who have put the burden of responsibility protecting us at the Texas-Mexico border, to be eligible to receive healthcare benefits if they do not already.