HBA-MPA S.B. 408 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 408 By: Duncan Transportation 4/23/1999 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, only a vehicle which carries more than six passengers qualifies for a vehicle registration fee exemption when used by charitable religious organizations. Trailers and semitrailers used to deliver supplies to the poor or homeless do not qualify for a fee exemption. S.B. 408 allows qualified religious organizations to register certain vehicles used primarily for charitable functions, without paying the required fee. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Subchapter E, Chapter 502, Transportation Code, by adding Section 502.2035, as follows: Sec. 502.2035. TRAILERS AND SEMITRAILERS OWNED BY RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS. (a) Authorizes a trailer or semitrailer to be registered without payment if it is owned by an organization that qualifies as a religious organization, and is used primarily for the purpose of transporting property in connection with charitable activities and functions of the organization. (b) Provides that an applicant for registration under this section must include a statement signed by an officer of the religious organization stating that the trailer or semitrailer qualifies for such registration. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.