3921.12 Operating charitable, benevolent, or educational institutions for benefit of members.

(A) A fraternal benefit society may create, maintain, and operate charitable, benevolent, or educational institutions for the benefit of its members and their families and dependents and for the benefit of children insured by the society. For such purpose it may own, hold, or lease personal property or real property located within or without this state, with necessary buildings. The property shall be reported in every annual statement but shall not be allowed as an admitted asset of the society, unless, after excluding such asset, its assets exceed its reserves by at least ten per cent.

(B) Maintenance, treatment, and proper attendance in any institution described in division (A) of this section may be furnished free or for a reasonable charge, but an institution shall not be operated for profit. The society shall maintain a separate accounting of any income and disbursements under this section and report them in its annual statement.

(C) No society shall own or operate funeral homes or undertaking establishments.

Effective Date: 01-01-1997 .