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SB 50 85-0 (2017) Author: Zaffirini, Judith | et. al.
Sponsor: Lozano, J. M.
Relating to the offense of hazing. House: Higher Education
Senate: Criminal Justice
Committee report sent to Calendars
SB 33 84-0 (2015) Author: Zaffirini, Judith Relating to the offense of hazing. House: Public Education
Senate: Criminal Justice
Left pending in committee
HB 1623 81-0 (2009) Author: Hernandez, Ana | et. al. Relating to exempting certain fraternal and veterans organizations from certain bond requirements to obtain an alcoholic beverage permit or license. House: Licensing & Administrative Procedures
Senate: Business & Commerce
Referred to Business & Commerce
SB 48 81-0 (2009) Author: Zaffirini, Judith Relating to the offense of hazing. Senate: Higher Education Not again placed on intent calendar
HB 2639 80-0 (2007) Author: Smithee, John | et. al.
Sponsor: Duncan, Robert
Relating to risk management programs for members and advisors of student organizations at public and private postsecondary educational institutions and to certain insurance requirements for fraternities. House: Higher Education
Senate: Education
Effective on 9/1/07
HB 3043 80-0 (2007) Author: Rose, Patrick Relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation for property of certain fraternal organizations. House: Ways & Means Left pending in committee
SB 1138 80-0 (2007) Author: Duncan, Robert
Sponsor: Smithee, John
Relating to risk management programs for members and advisors of student organizations at public and private postsecondary educational institutions and to certain insurance requirements for fraternities. House: Higher Education
Senate: Education
Effective on 9/1/07
SB 1296 80-0 (2007) Author: Wentworth, Jeff
Sponsor: Hughes, Bryan
Relating to qualification for the exemption from ad valorem taxation for property of organizations engaged primarily in performing charitable functions. House: Ways & Means
Senate: Finance
Placed on General State Calendar
HB 1791 79-0 (2005) Author: Naishtat, Elliott | et. al.
Sponsor: Barrientos, Gonzalo
Relating to application of the hazing statutes to private institutions of higher education; providing penalties. House: Higher Education
Senate: Education
Effective on 9/1/05
HB 2064 79-0 (2005) Author: Goolsby, Tony
Sponsor: Carona, John
Relating to private club alcoholic beverage permits issued to a fraternal or veterans organization. House: Licensing & Administrative Procedures
Senate: Business & Commerce
Effective immediately
HB 2797 79-0 (2005) Author: Chavez, Norma Relating to authorizing certain nonprofit organizations organized by recognized Indian tribes to conduct bingo. House: Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee report sent to Calendars
SB 76 79-1 (2005) Author: Shapleigh, Eliot Relating to authorizing certain nonprofit organizations organized by recognized Indian tribes to conduct bingo. Senate: State Affairs Referred to State Affairs
HB 691 78-0 (2003) Author: Smith, Wayne Relating to fraternal organizations that are exempt from certain requirements of the Alcoholic Beverage Code. House: Licensing & Administrative Procedures Left pending in subcommittee
HB 2472 78-0 (2003) Author: Callegari, Bill Relating to the issuance of Knights of Columbus license plates. House: Transportation
Senate: Infrastructure Development and Security
Referred to Infrastructure Dev & Security
SB 668 78-0 (2003) Author: Ogden, Steve Relating to the issuance of Knights of Columbus license plates. Senate: Infrastructure Development and Security Referred to s/c by chair
SB 833 78-0 (2003) Author: Williams, Tommy
Sponsor: Nixon, Joe
Relating to the application of the Charitable Immunity and Liability Act of 1987 to alumni associations and on-campus organizations. House: Civil Practices
Senate: State Affairs
Effective on 9/1/03
SB 935 78-0 (2003) Author: Jackson, Mike
Sponsor: Smith, Wayne
Relating to fraternal organizations that are exempt from certain requirements of the Alcoholic Beverage Code. House: Licensing & Administrative Procedures
Senate: Business & Commerce
Effective on 9/1/03
HB 2444 77-0 (2001) Author: Davis, John | et. al. Relating to national fraternal organizations that are exempt from certain requirements of the Alcoholic Beverage Code. House: Licensing & Administrative Procedures Companion considered in lieu of in committee
HB 3008 77-0 (2001) Author: Pickett, Joseph Relating to the issuance of special license plates for members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. House: Transportation Comm. report sent to Local & Consent Calendar
SB 672 77-0 (2001) Author: Jackson, Mike
Sponsor: Davis, John
Relating to national fraternal organizations that are exempt from certain requirements of the Alcoholic Beverage Code. House: Licensing & Administrative Procedures
Senate: Business & Commerce
Considered in Local & Consent Calendars
SB 1353 77-0 (2001) Author: Armbrister, Kenneth
Sponsor: Noriega, Rick | et. al.
Relating to the issuance of certain veterans license plates. House: Transportation
Senate: Veteran Affairs & Military Installations
Effective on 9/1/01
HB 1089 76-0 (1999) Author: Eiland, Craig | et. al. Relating to fraternal benefit societies. House: Insurance Laid on the table subject to call
SB 348 76-0 (1999) Author: Haywood, Tom | et. al. Relating to the civil liability of charitable organizations that are chambers of commerce. House: Civil Practices
Senate: Economic Development
Left pending in committee
SB 1153 76-0 (1999) Author: Bivins, Teel
Sponsor: Eiland, Craig
Relating to fraternal benefit societies. House: Insurance
Senate: Economic Development
Effective on 1/1/00
SB 1515 76-0 (1999) Author: Ogden, Steve | et. al. Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of real property owned by certain fraternal organizations. Senate: Finance Co-author authorized
SJR 40 76-0 (1999) Author: Ogden, Steve | et. al. Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation certain property of certain fraternal organizations which were chartered by the Congress of the Republic of Texas or were organized for the mutual benefit of its members and their beneficiaries. Senate: Finance Co-author authorized
HB 774 70-0 (1987) Author: Patronella, David Relating to offenses relating to hazing at or in connection with an educational institution; providing criminal and civil penalties. House: Higher Education 1st Printing sent to Comm. on Cal.
HB 1743 70-0 (1987) Author: Gavin, John Relating to the operation and regulation of fraternal benefit societies. House: Insurance Referred to Insurance
SB 24 70-0 (1987) Author: Barrientos, Gonzalo
Sponsor: Patronella, David
Relating to offenses relating to hazing at or in connection with an educational institution; providing criminal penalties. House: Higher Education
Senate: Jurisprudence
Effective on 9/1/87
SB 954 70-0 (1987) Author: Harris, O.H.
Sponsor: Gavin, John
Relating to the operation and regulation of fraternal benefit societies. House: Insurance
Senate: Economic Development
Effective on 9/1/87
HB 54 69-0 (1985) Author: Willis, Doyle Relating to the organizations authorized to conduct bingo games. House: Ways & Means Coauthor authorized
HB 1467 68-0 (1983) Author: Willis, Doyle Relating to the definitions of fraternal organizations and religious societies in the Bingo Enabling Act. House: State Affairs Postponed
HJR 38 68-0 (1983) Author: Kemp, Hill Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision to exempt from ad valorem taxation certain property of veterans' and fraternal organizations. House: Ways & Means No action taken
HJR 99 68-0 (1983) Author: Peveto, Wayne Proposing a constitutional amendment to permit political subdivisions to exempt from property taxation a portion of the value of property of fraternal organizations that perform charitable and benevolent services. House: Ways & Means Subcommittee laid on table subject to call
SB 23 68-0 (1983) Author: Williams, Lindon
Sponsor: Kemp, Hill
Relating to the exemption of certain buildings of veterans' or fraternal organizations from ad valorem taxation. House: Ways & Means
Senate: State Affairs
Effective on . . . . . . . . . .
SJR 1 68-0 (1983) Author: Williams, Lindon
Sponsor: Kemp, Hill
Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize taxing units to exempt from taxation the property of certain veterans' organizations and certain property of fraternal organizations. House: Ways & Means
Senate: State Affairs
Filed without the Governor's signature
SJR 6 68-0 (1983) Author: Sharp, John Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision to exempt from ad valorem taxation certain property of veterans' and fraternal organizations. Senate: State Affairs No action taken
HB 1284 67-0 (1981) Author: Wilson, Ron Relating to discrimination by student organizations at public institutions of higher education. House: Higher Education Postponed
SB 807 67-0 (1981) Author: Jones, Grant
Sponsor: Saunders, Robert
Relating to standards of valuation for insurance certificates of fraternal benefit societies. House: Insurance
Senate: Economic Development
Effective immediately
HB 625 66-0 (1979) Author: Presnal, Bill Relating to exempting property of fraternal organizations from ad valorem taxation in certain circumstances. House: Ways & Means Considered by subcommittee in public hearing
HJR 59 66-0 (1979) Author: Presnal, Bill Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize exemption from ad valorem taxation of property of fraternal organizations. House: Constitutional Amendments Reported from subcommittee favorably without amendments
SB 774 65-0 (1977) Author: Clower, Ron
Sponsor: Hubenak, Joe A.
Relating to the eligibility of an organization to be treated as a fraternal organization with regard to the regulation of alcoholic beverage private clubs. House: Liquor Regulation
Senate: State Affairs
Assigned to Consent Calendar
SB 1206 65-0 (1977) Author: Moore, W.T. "Bill" Relating to exempting the buildings and tangible personal property of fraternal organizations from ad valorem taxation in certain circumstances. Senate: State Affairs Reported from committee favorably
SJR 58 65-0 (1977) Author: Moore, W.T. "Bill" To authorize the legislature to exempt tangible property of fraternal organizations from ad valorem taxation in certain circumstances. Senate: State Affairs Reported from committee favorably
HB 351 63-0 (1973) Author: Williams, Lindon Exempting certain receipts from private clubs operated by vertans' or fraternal organizations from teh gross receipts tax on the sale or service of alcoholic beverages from the tax imposed by the Limited Sales, Excise and Use Tax Act. House: Liquor Regulation Coauthor authorized
HB 352 63-0 (1973) Author: Williams, Lindon Relating to the operation of private clubs under the pool system by fraternal and veterans' organizations. House: Liquor Regulation Coauthor authorized
HB 353 63-0 (1973) Author: Williams, Lindon Relating to the minimum membership required of private clubs operated by fraternal or veterans' organizations to obtain Private Club Membership permit or certificate in lieu of permit. House: Liquor Regulation
Senate: State Affairs
Reported favorably
HB 354 63-0 (1973) Author: Williams, Lindon Exempting private clubs operated by veterans' or fraternal organizations which are issued Beverage Cartage Permits from the assessments of certain fees by local authorities. House: Liquor Regulation Referred to subcommittee
HB 356 63-0 (1973) Author: Williams, Lindon Defining veterans' and fraternal organization for the purpose of certain provisions of the Texas Liquor Control Act relating to private clubs. House: Liquor Regulation Coauthor authorized
HB 745 63-0 (1973) Author: Williams, Lindon Exempting private clubs operated by certain veterans' and fraternal organizations from the provisions. House: Liquor Regulation Referred to Committee on Liquor Regulation
HB 1587 63-0 (1973) Author: Lombardino, Frank Relating to the definition of veterans' and fraternal organizations under the Texas Liquor Control Act; amending Subsection 12, Section 15(e), Article I, Texas Liquor Control Act, as amended (Article 666-15e, Vernon's Texas Penal Code); and declaring an emergency. House: Liquor Regulation Considered in public hearing
SB 33 63-0 (1973) Author: Longoria, Raul
Sponsor: Harris, Ed
Exempting certain receipts from private clubs operated by veterans' on fraternal organizations from the gross receipts tax on the sale or service of alcoholic beverages. House: Liquor Regulation
Senate: State Affairs
90 Day Bill
HB 51 60-0 (1967) Author: Clayton, Bill Relating to the exemption of certain sales of tangible personal property made by religious, educational, charitable, eleemosynary, or fraternal organizations from the provisions of the Limited Sales, Excise, and Use Tax.
HB 263 60-0 (1967) Author: Heatly, W.S. "Bill" | et. al. Relating to amending certain statute by exempting from taxation property of all fraternal organizations for so long as the property is owned and used for charitable, benevolent, religious, and educational purposes, and is not in whole or in part leased out to others or otherwise used with a view to profit.
HB 870 60-0 (1967) Author: Hand, Donald J. "Don" Relating to amending the Texas Probate code so as to include fraternal benefit societies within the definition of life insurance company.
SB 105 60-0 (1967) Author: Parkhouse, George M. Relating to amending certain statutes so as to exempt from taxation property of all fraternal organizations for so long as the property is owned and used for charitable, benevolent, religious, and educational purposes, and is not in whole or in part leased out to others or otherwise used with a view to profit.
SB 13 59-0 (1965) Author: Parkhouse, George M. Relating to exempting from taxation property of the Grand Lodge of Texas, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, together with property of its subordinate Lodges and appendant Orders, for so long as the property so exempted is owned by and exclusively used by said Grand Lodge of Texas or its subordinate lodges and appendant Orders, and not in whole or in part leased out to others or otherwise used with a view to profit; amending certain statutes.
SB 516 59-0 (1965) Author: Hazlewood, Grady Relating to authorizing the Governing Board of West Texas State University to lease certain land to fraternities and sororities.
SB 25 58-0 (1963) Author: Blanchard, H.J. "Doc" Relating to authorizing the Board of Directors of Texas Technological College, in consideration of the payment to it of the appraised value, to convey to the Texas Tech Inter-Fraternity Housing Corporation, certain land in the City of Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, for the purpose of constructing thereon fraternity and sorority lodges.
HB 642 56-0 (1959) Author: Murray, Menton J. | et. al. Relating to amending the Insurance Code relative to the payment benefits of a fraternal benefit society.
SB 293 56-0 (1959) Author: Herring, Charles Relating to amending the Insurance Code relative to the payment of benefits of a fraternal benefit society.
SB 353 56-0 (1959) Author: Smith, Preston Earnest Relating to authorizing the Board of Directors of Texas Technological College, in consideration of the payment to it of the appraised value, to convey to the Texas Tech Inter-Fraternity Housing Corporation, certain land in the City of Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, for the purpose of constructing thereon Fraternity and Sorority Lodges.
HB 879 54-0 (1955) Author: Carr, Waggoner | et. al. Relating to authorizing the Board of Directors of Texas Technological College at Lubbock, Texas, to select and lease a tract or tracts of land upon the campus of said college to the campus Fraternities and/or Sororities for the purpose of erecting thereon housing suitable for use by the campus Fraternities and/or Sororities; providing terms of such lease contract; and authorizing the Board of Directors of said college to select and set aside a tract or tracts suitable for housing; authorizing said Board of Directors of said college to permit the Fraternities and Sororities, ingress upon said campus and egress therefrom for the purpose of going to and from such housing areas or area.
SB 383 54-0 (1955) Author: Corbin, Sr., Kilmer B. Relating to authorizing the Board of Directors of Texas Technological College at Lubbock, Texas, to select and lease a tract or tracts of land upon the campus of said college to the campus Fraternities, and/or Sororities for the purpose of erecting thereon housing suitable for use by the campus Fraternities and/or Sororities; providing terms of such lease contract; and authorizing the Board of Directors of said college to select and set aside a tract or tracts suitable for housing; authorizing said Board of Directors of said college to permit the Fraternities and Sororities, ingress upon said campus and egress therefrom for the purpose of going to and from such housing areas or area.
HB 651 51-0 (1949) Author: Latimer, Oswald E. "Ozzie" Relating to prohibiting Public School Fraternities, Sororities, and Secret Societies in all Public Schools of this State, including High Schools, Junior High Schools, and all Public Schools of lower grades, excepting Universities and Colleges above the grade or rank of High Schools; defining terms; providing penalties; repealing all conflicting laws; providing a saving clause.
HB 632 50-0 (1947) Author: King, Samuel Leslie | et. al. Relating to amending the Penal Code, prohibiting Public School Fraternities, Sororities, and Secret Societies in all Public Schools of this State, including High Schools, Junior High Schools, and all Public Schools of lower grades; excepting all Universities and Colleges above the grade or rank of High Schools; defining terms; providing penalties; repealing all conflicting laws; providing a saving clause.
HB 515 48-0 (1943) Author: Davis, Jr., Harry L. | et. al. Relating to amending certain Statutes by providing for taxation of the gross premium receipts of fraternal benefit societies, statewide mutual assessment associations, local mutual aid associations and burial associations; and providing severability.
HB 548 48-0 (1943) Author: Knight, Roger A. Relating to amending certain Statutes by providing for taxation of the gross premium receipts of fraternal benefit societies, statewide mutual assessment associations, local mutual aid associations and burial associations; providing severability.
SB 295 48-0 (1943) Author: Vick, Kyle A. Relating to providing that when the Chairman of the Board of Insurance Commissioners shall become convinced that there is or has been gross mismanagement of the affairs of domestic fraternal benefit societies, he shall have the privilege and duty of summoning a meeting of the members of the society of the governing body, directorate, or officers thereof, or any part of any of such, and of disclosing to them his findings with respect to the affairs of such society, and allowing them an opportunity to replace the persons guilty of such mismanagement.
SB 237 46-0 (1939) Author: Spears, J. Franklin Relating to amending a certain Statute providing that every Fraternal Benefit Society, organized or licensed under a certain Statute is declared to be charitable and benevolent institution.
SB 458 46-0 (1939) Author: Moore, Weaver Relating to providing that private corporations may be formed for the purpose of planning, holding, financing, and conducting the national reunion and convention of any recognized fraternal order when held within the State of Texas, and exercising control over all matters pertaining to such reunion and convention.
HB 746 45-0 (1937) Relating to prohibiting fraternities, sororities, and secret societies in the public schools in all counties of this State having a population of not less than three hundred and twenty thousand (320,000) inhabitants and not more than three hundred and fifty thousand (350,000) inhabitants according to the last Federal Census.
SB 81 45-0 (1937) Relating to declaring all fraternal benefit societies to be charitable or benevolent institutions and exempting the funds of all such fraternal benefit societies from all and every state, county, district, municipal and school tax, including occupation taxes, other than taxes on real estate and office equipment when same is used for other than lodge purposes.
SB 492 43-0 (1933) Author: Beck, John W. E. H. Relating to permitting the organization of fraternal benefit societies on a limited basis.
HB 9 42-0 (1931) Author: Savage, William Thomas Relating to defining Fraternal Benefit Societies, providing a lodge system and requiring a representative form of government.
HB 54 41-0 (1929) Author: Savage, William Thomas Relating to authorizing fraternal benefit societies to better provide insurance and annuities upon the lives of children and prescribing the basis of contribution, standards of morality; repealing all other laws and parts of laws in conflict herewith. House: Insurance
HB 86 41-0 (1929) Author: Savage, William Thomas Relating to amending certain Articles of the Revised Statute to better defining Fraternal Benefit Societies and providing and defining a lodge system for such; requiring a representative form of government. House: Insurance
HB 198 41-0 (1929) Author: Graves, Harry N. Relating to amending certain statute relating to insurance by adding thereto fraternal and benefit societies. House: Insurance
HB 201 41-0 (1929) Author: Graves, Harry N. Relating to amending certain statute relating to insurance law so as to include in the insurance companies penalized for failure to promptly pay losses all fraternal benefit societies. House: Insurance
HB 131 41-1 (1929) Author: Purl, George Clark Relating to better assuring and protecting the membership and subordinate lodges of Fraternal Benefit Societies against sales and mergers of such societies without the consent of the local lodges and providing a legal way whereby same may be done when it is desired to change such society into a Mutual or Stock Company.
SB 92 40-1 (1927) Author: Wood, Ashley Elijah Relating to insurance certificates or policies issued by fraternal benefit societies; providing that certain statements in connection therewith in the absence of fraud shall be deemed representations and not warranties.
HB 478 39-0 (1925) Author: Tomme, W. S. | et. al. Relating to making it unlawful for any student to pledge or belong to any Greek letter fraternity and sorority, secret orders, secret chapters, or secret clubs in any educational institution supported in whole or in part by the State of Texas . House: Education
HB 16 38-0 (1923) Author: Cowen, Frank M. Relating to regulating the imitation of names, styles and emblems of benevolent, fraternal, social, humane and charitable organizations, and to make it an offense to wear a badge, button or other emblem, or use the name or claim to be a member without authority of any such organization and providing for injunction and fixing penalties thereof.
HB 91 38-0 (1923) Author: Abney, Cary M. Relating to defining, regulating and controlling fraternal benefit societies so as to provide that where a member of such a society fails to designate a beneficiary or the beneficiary designated is dead or has no insurable interest in the life of the member, the death benefits shall not be forfeited, but shall be paid to the persons named in said section in the order therein named.
SB 74 38-0 (1923) Author: Strong, James Garrison Relating to defining, regulating and controlling fraternal benefit societies, so as to provide that where a member of such a society fails to designate a beneficiary or if at the death of the member the beneficiary designated is dead or has no insurable interest in the life of the member, the death benefits shall not be forfeited and providing to whom the benefits shall be paid under such circumstances.
HB 615 35-0 (1917) Author: Fly, William Madden | et. al. Relating to authorizing the establishment by fraternal organizations of special accommodations at the State Tuberculosis Sanatorium for the preferential use of their members.
SB 168 35-0 (1917) Author: Smith, Lon A. Relating to authorizing fraternal benefit societies to issue certificates to their members in which eleemosynary, religious, or educational societies, associations or corporations may be named as beneficiaries.
HB 249 34-0 (1915) Author: Stanford, John W. | et. al. Relating to amending a certain Statute providing for the vesting of the government of the University of Texas in a board of nine regents and prescribing the powers and duties of such board so as to provide that there shall be no connection between such University and Greek Letter Fraternities or Sororities or other secret organizations; providing penalties.
HB 277 34-0 (1915) Author: Grindstaff, Elijah Hampton Relating to amending certain laws defining and regulating Fraternal Benefit Societies.
HB 303 34-0 (1915) Author: Williford, Robert Lee | et. al. Relating to amending certain laws relating to Fraternal Insurance so as to provide that all benefit certificates shall from the date of their issuance be non-contestable on account of any statement or representation made by said applicant for membership.
HB 471 33-0 (1913) Author: Jordan, Harry Phillip | et. al. Relating to prohibiting the pernicious practice of "hazing" in the State Educational Institutions, to provide penalties therefor.
HB 622 33-0 (1913) Author: Hornby, Sr., Harry P. Relating to defining, regulating, and controlling Fraternal Benefit Societies; defining a lodge system and a representative form of government; providing for the issuance of certificates and the investment and beneficiaries in said Societies; naming the duties and authority of the Commissioner of Insurance and banking; repealing certain chapters of the Acts of the Legislature.
SB 246 33-0 (1913) Author: Lattimore, Offa Shivers Relating to defining, regulating and controlling Fraternal Benefit Societies.
HB 4 32-0 (1911) Author: Humphrey, R. B. Relating to defining and regulating fraternal beneficiary associations.
HB 55 31-1 (1909) Relating to defining and regulating fraternal beneficiary associations and repealing Chapter 115 of the General Laws of the Twenty-sixth Legislature of the State of Texas.
SB 35 31-2 (1909) Relating to amending Section 8 of "An Act defining and regulating the fraternal beneficiary associations," relating to certificates of.
HB 320 29-0 (1905) Author: Callan, Chris B. "Eight-Hour" Relating to amending "An Act to amend Section 16 of an Act to define and regulate 'fraternal benefit societies, orders or associations; so as to exclude from the provisions of said Act of Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, Order of Railway Conductors, Order of Railway Telegraphers, Switchmen's Union of North America, and Railway Mail Association.
HB 338 28-0 (1903) Relating to amending Section 16, of an Act entitled "Act to define and regulate fraternal benefit societies, orders and associations;" approved May 1899, so as to exclude from the provisions of said Act the Switchmen's Union of North America.
HB 124 27-0 (1901) Relating to amending Section 6 of an act entitled "An Act to define and regulate fraternal beneficiary societies, orders or associations."
HB 497 26-0 (1899) Relating to defining and regulating fraternal beneficiary societies, orders or associations.
SB 166 26-0 (1899) Relating to amending Article 713, of Chapter eleven, Title twenty-one, of the Revised Civil Statutes of the State of Texas, and to add Article 713a to said Chapter eleven, Title twenty-one, of said Revised Civil Statutes of the State of Texas, relating to the purposes for which private corporations may be created, and providing that the Grand Lodge of Texas, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and other similar benevolent organizations, may be chartered.

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