73R6605 JD-F By Brady H.B. No. 2393 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of property 1-3 owned by certain charitable organizations. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Section 11.18(d), Tax Code, is amended to read as 1-6 follows: 1-7 (d) A charitable organization must be organized exclusively 1-8 to perform religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or 1-9 educational purposes and, except as permitted by Subsection (h) of 1-10 this section, engage exclusively in performing one or more of the 1-11 following charitable functions: 1-12 (1) providing medical care without regard to the 1-13 beneficiaries' ability to pay; 1-14 (2) providing support or relief to orphans, 1-15 delinquent, dependent, or handicapped children in need of 1-16 residential care, abused or battered spouses or children in need of 1-17 temporary shelter, the impoverished, or victims of natural disaster 1-18 without regard to the beneficiaries' ability to pay; 1-19 (3) providing support to elderly persons or the 1-20 handicapped without regard to the beneficiaries' ability to pay; 1-21 (4) preserving a historical landmark or site; 1-22 (5) promoting or operating a museum, zoo, library, 1-23 theater of the dramatic or performing arts, or symphony orchestra 1-24 or choir; 2-1 (6) promoting or providing humane treatment of 2-2 animals; 2-3 (7) acquiring, storing, transporting, selling, or 2-4 distributing water for public use; 2-5 (8) answering fire alarms and extinguishing fires with 2-6 no compensation or only nominal compensation to the members of the 2-7 organization; 2-8 (9) promoting the athletic development of boys or 2-9 girls under the age of 18 years; 2-10 (10) preserving or conserving wildlife; 2-11 (11) promoting educational development through loans 2-12 or scholarships to students; 2-13 (12) providing halfway house services pursuant to a 2-14 certification as a halfway house by the Board of Pardons and 2-15 Paroles; 2-16 (13) providing permanent housing and related social, 2-17 health care, and educational facilities for persons who are 62 2-18 years of age or older without regard to the residents' ability to 2-19 pay; 2-20 (14) promoting or operating an art gallery, museum, or 2-21 collection, in a permanent location or on tour, that is open to the 2-22 public; 2-23 (15) providing for the organized solicitation and 2-24 collection for distributions through gifts, grants, and agreements 2-25 to nonprofit charitable, education, religious, and youth 2-26 organizations that provide direct human, health, and welfare 2-27 services; 3-1 (16) performing biomedical or scientific research or 3-2 biomedical or scientific education for the benefit of the public; 3-3 or 3-4 (17) operating a television station that produces or 3-5 broadcasts educational, cultural, or other public interest 3-6 programming and that receives grants from the Corporation for 3-7 Public Broadcasting under 47 U.S.C. Section 396. 3-8 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect January 1, 1994. 3-9 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the 3-10 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 3-11 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 3-12 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 3-13 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.