A state agency may only pay for business-related travel expenses incurred outside of Texas if the travel was approved in advance in accordance with the policy of that agency. Texas Government Code Section 660.003(e)(4)
- 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)
- Appointed Officer
- Includes the Secretary of State; an officer of a state agency who is appointed for a term specified by the Texas Constitution or a Texas statute, excluding an appointee to a vacated elective office; and an individual who is a member of the governing board of a state agency who is neither appointed nor elected.