AUSTIN (AP) – A proposed Texas law would give businesses owned by disabled veterans a boost when it comes to winning state contracts.

Lawmakers are considering bills to designate service-disabled veteran-owned companies as historically underutilized businesses. So-called HUBs currently include minority- and women-owned businesses.

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The Legislature requires state agencies to make a good faith effort to award a certain percentage of state contracts to HUBs.

The Austin American-Statesman reported, for its Tuesday editions, that since 2008 the state comptroller has awarded more than $6 billion under the program.

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Jim Brennan, an Army veteran and president of AAUSA Electric Supply Inc., says Texas is woefully behind other states in recognizing and embracing service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.

Roy Mata, who’s president of the Texas Association of Historically Underutilized Businesses, says his group supports including service-disabled veterans.

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