The Laws of Texas, 1927 [Volume 25] Page: 85 of 1,111
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GENERAL AND SPECIAL LAWS. 69
SEC. 4. That it shall be the duty of the Secretary of State,
on the payment of the sum of two dollars and fifey cents, to record
in a well bound book to be kept in his office, the names of
all trustees appointed by any State organization of any church
communion in the State, provided such appointment is duly authenticated
by some officer authorized by law in this State to
take acknowledgment of deeds; and it shall be the further duty
of the Secretary of State to furnish a certified copy of said appointments
to any court in this State on application for the same
by any judge or clerk of any court in this State, and the sum of
one dollar and fifty cents shall be taxed as cost for copy in any
proceeding in which such copy may be used, to be collected and
paid for as any other costs; and it shall be the duty of the judge
of any court before making the appointment of any receiver, to
apply to the Secretary of the State to be furnished with such
certified copy before such appointments are made. That any
communion shall have the right from time to time to change,
appoint or elect its trustee or trustees.
SEC. 5. The term "church or congregation" is meant to refer
Lo a local congregation of believers in Christ, and not to a denomination
or communion as a whole.
SEC. 6. The terms "defunct or disorganized" are meant to
apply to an organization which formerly maintained regular
Corms of work and worship in a given community such as the
Bible School, Communion Services, Preaching Services etc, at
-egular interval, and which has ceased to function in these and
similar capacities as a church for a period of one or more years.
SEC. 7. The importance of this Legislation and the fact that
,he property of many defunct and disorganized churches is gong
to waste and not being used for the purposes for which it
vas dedicated, creates an emergency and an imperative public
necessity, which requires that the Constitutional rule that bills
hall be read on three several days in each House be suspended
,nd the same is hereby suspended, and this Act shall take effect
,nd be in force from and after its passage, and it is so enacted.
Approved February 21, 1927.
Effective February 21, 1927.
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