Purely public charities constitutional amendment receives Senate hearing

Noting the weightiness of the issue, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing Wednesday afternoon on the much debated constitutional amendment to place the authority of determining what entities are purely public charities solely within the scope of the General Assembly.

Purely public charities are constitutionally exempt from many revenue generating taxes. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Dispute over purely public charities definitional ability continues

Dispute over purely public charities definitional ability continues

The inter-branch conflict over whether the courts or the legislature has the ability to define what enterprises constitute purely public charities continued Tuesday as Senate Bill 4—the constitutional amendment placing the definitional authority with the legislature—advanced through the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The legislation is not without conflict within the legislature itself.

As when the bill passed through the Senate Finance Committee last week, a number of members voted in opposition to the legislation under the logic that the change in definitional authority could have a detrimental impact on municipalities and their ability to tax businesses, an arguably critical source of revenue.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Inter-branch constitutional conflict puts municipalities, charities in state of uncertainty

A constitutional amendment that would allow the General Assembly to define what organizations are institutions of purely public charity could put municipalities and currently designated charities in a state of uncertainty.

The amendment, currently in the form of Senate Bill 4, passed through the Senate Finance Committee Thursday morning with Democrats opposing the legislation. The constitutional amendment, which passed both chambers last session, would need to pass the General Assembly again this session in the same form before voters are given the final choice to amend the constitution.

Thursday, January 22, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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