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Meal and lodging exceptions
Exceptions for certain key officials

An individual who is a judicial officer, a chief administrative officer of a state agency, the executive director of the Texas Legislative Council or the secretary of the senate is entitled to be reimbursed for actual meal and lodging expenses incurred while performing the duties of the individual’s office or employment. Texas Government Code Section 660.203(a) If the individual is being reimbursed for meal and lodging expenses incurred inside the contiguous United States, then the maximum amount of that reimbursement is equal to twice the amount that could be reimbursed to a regular state employee. General Appropriations Act Article IX, Section 5.06

For the purposes of this section, “chief administrative officer of a state agency” includes a member of a board only if the membership of the board is elected by vote of the people. Texas Government Code Section 660.203(c)

A board, commission, committee, council, governing body or similar entity in the executive, legislative or judicial branch of state government that is composed of two or more members. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(2)
Contiguous United States
The District of Columbia plus the 48 mainland U.S. states. Alaska and Hawaii are the only states not included.
Executive Director
The lone individual who has the daily responsibility for managing the operations of a state agency that is headed by a board. The term does not include a member of that board.
State Agency
A unit of state government that uses appropriated funds to pay or reimburse a travel expense of a state employee. This includes the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and the Employees Retirement System of Texas. Texas Government Code Section 660.002(19)
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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