The State Bar proposed budgets for the 2013–2014 fiscal year are included here for your information. If you would like a copy of the budget summary, contact the State Bar Accounting Department at (800) 204-2222, Ext. 1521. All interested persons are invited to a public hearing on the proposed budget scheduled for Thursday, March 28, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. at the Texas Law Center Hatton W. Sumners Conference Room. The General Fund is the operating fund for the State Bar of Texas. The TexasBarBook Fund is considered an Enterprise Fund. An Enterprise Fund is defined as a proprietary fund that is used to account for goods/services provided to the general public on a user-charge basis. The Special Revenue Funds are independent funds and most do not use any membership dues or revenues from the General Fund for operations. Capital Projects Funds are used to account for the acquisition and construction of the State Bar’s major capital facilities and other capital expenditures. The purpose of the State Bar of Texas is to engage in those activities enumerated at §81.012 of the State Bar Act. The expenditure of funds by the State Bar of Texas is limited both as set forth at Section 81.034 of the State Bar Act and in Keller v. State Bar of California, 496 U.S. 1 (1990). If any member feels that any actual or proposed expenditure is not within such purposes of, or limitations on, the State Bar, then such member may object thereto and seek a refund of a pro rata portion of his or her dues expended, plus interest, by filing a written objection with the executive director. The objection must be made in writing, addressed to the executive director of the State Bar, P.O. Box 12487, Austin, TX 78711, and postmarked not later than NINETY (90) days after the conclusion of the challenged activity. Upon receipt of a member’s objection, the executive director shall promptly review such objection together with the allocation of dues monies spent on the challenged activity and, in consultation with the president, shall have the discretion to resolve the objection, including refunding a pro rata portion of the member’s dues, plus interest. Refund of a pro rata share of the member’s dues shall be for the convenience of the Bar, and shall not be construed as an admission that the challenged activity was or would not have been within the purposes of or limitations on the State Bar.
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