H.B. No. 2999
  relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of property
  owned by certain medical centers in certain counties.
         SECTION 1.  Section 11.23(j-1), Tax Code, is amended to read
  as follows:
         (j-1)  Medical Center Development in Populous Counties. In a
  county with a population of 3.3 million or more [described by
  Section 201.1055(1), Transportation Code], all real and personal
  property owned by a nonprofit corporation, as that term is defined
  by Section 22.001, Business Organizations Code, organized
  exclusively for benevolent, charitable, and educational purposes
  [in the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act (Article 1396-1.01 et
  seq., Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes)], and held for use in the
  development or operation of a medical center area or areas in which
  the nonprofit corporation has donated land for a state medical,
  dental, or nursing school, [and] for other hospital, medical,
  educational, research, or nonprofit uses and uses reasonably
  related to those uses [thereto], for auxiliary uses to support
  those benevolent, charitable, and educational functions, including
  the invention, development, and dissemination of materials, tools,
  technologies, processes, and similar means for translating and
  applying medical and scientific research for practical
  applications to advance public health, or for governmental or
  public purposes, including the relief of traffic congestion, [and
  not leased or otherwise used with a view to profit,] is exempt from
  all ad valorem taxation [as though the property were, during that
  time, owned and held by the state for health and educational
  purposes]. In connection with the application or enforcement of a
  deed restriction or a covenant related to the property, a use or
  purpose described in this subsection shall also be considered to be
  a hospital, medical, or educational use, or a use that is reasonably
  related to a hospital, medical, or educational use.  This
  subsection may not be construed to exempt from taxation any
  interest in real or personal property, including a leasehold or
  other possessory interest, of a for-profit lessee of property for
  which a nonprofit corporation is entitled to an exemption from
  taxation under this subsection.
         SECTION 2.  This Act applies only to ad valorem taxes imposed
  for a tax year beginning on or after the effective date of this Act.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect January 1, 2018.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 2999 was passed by the House on April
  20, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 2999 on May 21, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 138, Nays 0,
  2 present, not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 2999 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 18, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________