Reimbursable Expenses Incurred for Reasons Unrelated to State Business
A state employee may be reimbursed for a travel expense incurred while attending the funeral of an individual who was a state employee, a board member or a legislator if:
- The agency determines that the employee’s attendance at the funeral is appropriate under the circumstances.
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- The expense is reimbursed only to the extent it could have been reimbursed had it been reimbursed if it had been incurred while conducting state business, per Texas Government Code, Section 660.011.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) may reimburse a commissioned peace officer or a communications officer employed by DPS for a lodging, transportation or meal expense incurred while representing DPS at the funeral of a fallen peace officer. Legislature intends for DPS to send only a small delegation to any funeral that occurs outside Texas. See General Appropriations Act (GAA), Article 5, Department of Public Safety, rider titled “Authorization of Funeral Travel Reimbursement.”