Meal expenses incurred within a designated headquarters
A state agency may not reimburse a state employee for a meal expense incurred within the employee's designated headquarters unless it is mandatory and connected with training, a seminar or a conference. Texas Government Code Sections 660.113(c), 660.009
Meal expenses incurred while not conducting state business
A state employee may not be reimbursed for a meal expense incurred while not conducting state business unless an exception applies. Texas Government Code Section 660.009 State business does not include the breakdown of a personally owned vehicle or any occurrence not connected with a state employee's official duties.
Tips or gratuities paid in conjunction with meal expenses are generally not reimbursable. A “mandatory” service charge may only be reimbursed if the service charge is imposed by an establishment and cannot be refused by the customer.
A state agency may not reimburse a state employee for the purchase of an alcoholic beverage unless the employee is a peace officer who purchased the beverage as evidence for an administrative or criminal case. Texas Government Code Section 660.113