H. R. 2017
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 21, 2009
Mr. Van Hollen (for himself and Mr. Jones) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend title 36, United States Code, to grant a Federal charter to the Military Officers Association of America, and for other purposes.
Grant of Federal charter to Military Officers Association of America
Grant of charter
Part B of subtitle II of title 36, United States Code, is amended by inserting after chapter 1403 the following new chapter:
Military Officers Association of America
140404. Governing body.
140407. Tax-exempt status required as condition of charter.
140408. Records and inspection.
140409. Service of process.
140410. Liability for acts of officers and agents.
140411. Annual report.
Military Officers Association of America (in this chapter, the corporation), a nonprofit organization that meets the requirements for a veterans service organization under section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and is organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a federally chartered corporation.
Expiration of charter
If the corporation does not comply with the provisions of this chapter, the charter granted by subsection (a) shall expire.
The purposes of the corporation are as provided in its bylaws and articles of incorporation and include—
to inculcate and stimulate love of the United States and the flag;
to defend the honor, integrity, and supremacy of the Constitution of the United States and the United States Government;
to advocate military forces adequate to the defense of the United States;
to foster the integrity and prestige of the Armed Forces;
to foster fraternal relations between all branches of the various Armed Forces from which members are drawn;
to further the education of children of members of the Armed Forces;
to aid members of the Armed Forces and their family members and survivors in every proper and legitimate manner;
to present and support legislative proposals that provide for the fair and equitable treatment of members of the Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, military retirees, family members, survivors, and veterans; and
to encourage recruitment and appointment in the Armed Forces.
Eligibility for membership in the corporation, and the rights and privileges of members of the corporation, are as provided in the bylaws of the corporation.
Board of directors
The composition of the board of directors of the corporation, and the responsibilities of the board, are as provided in the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the corporation.
The positions of officers of the corporation, and the election of the officers, are as provided in the articles of incorporation and bylaws.
The corporation has only those powers provided in its bylaws and articles of incorporation filed in each State in which it is incorporated.
Stock and Dividends
The corporation may not issue stock or declare or pay a dividend.
Distribution of income or assets
The income or assets of the corporation may not inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to, a director, officer, or member of the corporation during the life of the charter granted by this chapter. This subsection does not prevent the payment of reasonable compensation to an officer or employee of the corporation or reimbursement for actual necessary expenses in amounts approved by the board of directors.
The corporation may not make a loan to a director, officer, employee, or member of the corporation.
Claim of governmental approval or authority
The corporation may not claim congressional approval or the authority of the United States Government for any of its activities.
The corporation shall maintain its status as a corporation incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Tax-exempt status required as condition of charter
If the corporation fails to maintain its status as an organization exempt from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, the charter granted under this chapter shall terminate.
Records and inspection
The corporation shall keep—
correct and complete records of account;
minutes of the proceedings of the members, board of directors, and committees of the corporation having any of the authority of the board of directors of the corporation; and
at the principal office of the corporation, a record of the names and addresses of the members of the corporation entitled to vote on matters relating to the corporation.
A member entitled to vote on any matter relating to the corporation, or an agent or attorney of the member, may inspect the records of the corporation for any proper purpose at any reasonable time.
Service of process
The corporation shall comply with the law on service of process of each State in which it is incorporated and each State in which it carries on activities.
Liability for acts of officers and agents
The corporation is liable for any act of any officer or agent of the corporation acting within the scope of the authority of the corporation.
The corporation shall submit to Congress an annual report on the activities of the corporation during the preceding fiscal year. The report shall be submitted at the same time as the report of the audit required by section 10101(b) of this title. The report may not be printed as a public document.
In this chapter, the term State includes the District of Columbia and the territories and possessions of the United States.
The table of chapters at the beginning of subtitle II of title 36, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to chapter 1403 the following new item:
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