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A state employee may be reimbursed for a meal expense incurred on a day that the employee conducts state business outside of his or her designated headquarters, per the General Appropriations Act, Article IX, Part 5, Section 5.05(b). The meal expense is only reimbursable if the employee is outside of his or her designated headquarters for at least six consecutive hours, per Texas Government Code, Section 660.113(b).

Meal expenses incurred while traveling to and staying at a duty point the day before state business begins and traveling from a duty point the day after state business ends are reimbursable. Meal expenses incurred more than one day before or after the state business begins or ends are not reimbursable unless the expenses are incurred to qualify for discount airfare or travel to or from the duty point reasonably requires more than one day.