By:  Staples                                          S.B. No. 1315
                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to the use of revenue from the municipal hotel occupancy
 1-3     tax.
 1-5           SECTION 1.  Subsection (a), Section 351.101, Tax Code, is
 1-6     amended to read as follows:
 1-7           (a)  Revenue from the municipal hotel occupancy tax may be
 1-8     used only to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry,
 1-9     and that use is limited to the following:
1-10                 (1)  the acquisition of sites for and the construction,
1-11     improvement, enlarging, equipping, repairing, operation, and
1-12     maintenance of convention center facilities or visitor information
1-13     centers, or both;
1-14                 (2)  the furnishing of facilities, personnel, and
1-15     materials for the registration of convention delegates or
1-16     registrants;
1-17                 (3)  advertising and conducting solicitations and
1-18     promotional programs to attract tourists and convention delegates
1-19     or registrants to the municipality or its vicinity;
1-20                 (4)  the encouragement, promotion, improvement, and
1-21     application of the arts, including instrumental and vocal music,
1-22     dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture, design and
1-23     allied fields, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic and craft
1-24     arts, motion pictures, radio, television, tape and sound recording,
1-25     and other arts related to the presentation, performance, execution,
 2-1     and exhibition of these major art forms; [and]
 2-2                 (5)  historical restoration and preservation projects
 2-3     or activities or advertising and conducting solicitations and
 2-4     promotional programs to encourage tourists and convention delegates
 2-5     to visit preserved historic sites or museums:
 2-6                       (A)  at or in the immediate vicinity of
 2-7     convention center facilities or visitor information centers; or
 2-8                       (B)  located elsewhere in the municipality or its
 2-9     vicinity that would be frequented by tourists and convention
2-10     delegates; and
2-11                 (6)  expenses, including promotion expenses, directly
2-12     related to a sporting event in which the majority of participants
2-13     are tourists who substantially increase economic activity at hotels
2-14     and motels within the municipality or its vicinity.
2-15           SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
2-16     a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
2-17     provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
2-18     Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
2-19     Act takes effect September 1, 2001.