By Staples                                            S.B. No. 1315
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                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to the allocation of revenue from the municipal hotel
 1-3     occupancy tax.
 1-5           SECTION 1. Section 351.101(a), Tax Code, is amended to read
 1-6     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,
 2-1     and other arts related to the presentation, performance, execution,
 2-2     and exhibition of these major art forms; and
 2-3                 (5)  historical restoration and preservation projects
 2-4     or activities or advertising and conducting solicitations and
 2-5     promotional programs to encourage tourists and convention delegates
 2-6     to visit preserved historic sites or museums; and[:]
 2-7                 (6)  the promotion and event costs associated with
 2-8     sporting events whose principal participants are primarily tourists
 2-9     to the area and whose presence in the community will enchance hotel
2-10     and motel activities:
2-11                       (A)  at or in the immediate vicinity of
2-12     convention center facilities or visitor information centers; or
2-13                       (B)  located elsewhere in the municipality or its
2-14     vicinity that would be frequented by tourists and convention
2-15     delegates.
2-16           SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
2-17     a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
2-18     provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
2-19     Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
2-20     Act takes effect September 1, 2001.