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SF 1754

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 02:23am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to religious corporations; permitting a church benefits board to act as a
trustee of a trust; amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 317A.909.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 317A.909, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Benefits for members.

When authorized by its members or
otherwise, a corporation formed for a religious purpose may provide directly or through a
church benefits board for:

(1) support and payment of benefits to its ministers, teachers, employees, or
functionaries and to the ministers, teachers, employees, or functionaries of a nonprofit
organization affiliated with it or under its jurisdiction;

(2) payment of benefits to the surviving spouses, children, dependents, or other
beneficiaries of the persons named in clause (1);

(3) collection of contributions and other payments; or

(4) creation, maintenance, investment, management, and disbursement of necessary
endowment, reserve, and other funds for these purposes, including a trust fund or
corporation that funds a "church plan" as defined in section 414(e) of the Internal Revenue
Code of 1986, as amended through December 31, 1988.

Subd. 2.

Insurance laws not applicable.

The insurance laws of this state do not
apply to the operations of a corporation under subdivision 1.

Subd. 3.

Property exempt from taxation.

Except for property leased or used
for profit, personal and real property that a religious corporation necessarily uses for a
religious purpose is exempt from taxation.

Subd. 5.

Church benefits board.

A "church benefits board" is an organization
described in section 414(e)(3)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended
through December 31, 1988, whether a civil law corporation or otherwise, the principal
purpose or function of which is the administration or funding of a plan or program for
the provision of retirement benefits or welfare benefits for the employees of a church or a
convention or association of churches, if the organization is controlled by or associated
with a church or a convention or association of churches.

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Church benefits board as trustee. new text end

new text begin A church benefits board may act as
trustee under a lawful trust and may act as agent for the performance of a lawful act
relating to the purposes of the trust.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to trusts whenever created.
new text end