1-1  By:  Cain                                              S.B. No. 714
    1-2        (In the Senate - Filed February 22, 1995; February 23, 1995,
    1-3  read first time and referred to Committee on State Affairs;
    1-4  April 4, 1995, reported favorably, as amended, by the following
    1-5  vote:  Yeas 13, Nays 0; April 4, 1995, sent to printer.)
    1-6  COMMITTEE AMENDMENT NO. 1                                 By:  Cain
    1-7  Amend S.B. No. 714 by striking the word "20" on page 2, line 15
    1-8  (committee printing page 1, line 48) and substituting the word
    1-9  "12".
   1-10                         A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
   1-11                                AN ACT
   1-12  relating to national fraternal organizations exempt from certain
   1-13  requirements of the Alcoholic Beverage Code.
   1-15        SECTION 1.  Subdivision (1), Subsection (a), Section 32.11,
   1-16  Alcoholic Beverage Code, is amended to read as follows:
   1-17              (1)  "Fraternal organization" means:
   1-18                    (A)  any chapter, aerie, parlor, lodge, or other
   1-19  local unit of an American national fraternal organization or Texas
   1-20  state fraternal organization that, as the owner, lessee, or
   1-21  occupant, has operated an establishment for fraternal purposes for
   1-22  at least one year.  If an American national fraternal organization,
   1-23  it must actively operate in not fewer than 31 states and have at
   1-24  least 300 local units in those 31 states, and must have been in
   1-25  active, continuous existence for at least 20 years.  If a Texas
   1-26  state fraternal organization, it must actively operate in at least
   1-27  two counties of the state and have at least 10 local units in those
   1-28  two counties, and must have been in active, continuous existence
   1-29  for at least five years;
   1-30                    (B)  a hall association or building association
   1-31  of a local unit described in Paragraph (A), all the capital stock
   1-32  of which is owned by the local unit or the members of the local
   1-33  unit, and which operates the clubroom facilities of the local unit;
   1-34  <or>
   1-35                    (C)  a building association not owned by a local
   1-36  unit described in Paragraph (A) but one that is composed wholly of
   1-37  members appointed by a county commissioners court to administer,
   1-38  manage, and control an exposition center containing an exhibition
   1-39  area of not less than 100,000 square feet and an arena with not
   1-40  less than 6,000 fixed seats, situated on property with an area of
   1-41  not less than 50 acres that is owned, together with all buildings,
   1-42  appurtenances, and parking areas, by a county; or
   1-43                    (D)  a chapter or other local unit of an American
   1-44  national fraternal organization that promotes physical fitness and
   1-45  provides classes in athletics to children and that, as owner,
   1-46  lessee, or occupant, has operated an establishment for fraternal
   1-47  purposes for at least one year. The fraternal organization must:
   1-48                          (i)  actively operate in not fewer than 20
   1-49  states;
   1-50                          (ii)  have at least six local units in this
   1-51  state; and
   1-52                          (iii)  have at least one unit in this state
   1-53  that has been in active, continuous existence for at least 75
   1-54  years.
   1-55        SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 1995.
   1-56        SECTION 3.  The importance of this legislation and the
   1-57  crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
   1-58  emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
   1-59  constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
   1-60  days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.
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