Charity en Plan to Change Charity Tax Law Clears First Big Hurdle <p>State lawmakers are one step closer to wresting control over tax-exempt charity decision from the courts.<br><br>The House has passed a constitutional amendment to put the Legislature in charge of deciding whether an organization qualifies as what's called a purely public charity. The distinction excuses title-bearers from paying property taxes.<br><br>A recent state court ruling limited lawmakers' power to broaden the definition. House Republicans argued Wednesday the proposed amendment is a simple way to reassert legislative authority.<br> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:15:21 +0000 Mary Wilson 12179 at Pittsburgh-Based Charity Helps in Oklahoma <p>A Pittsburgh-based charity better known for working in Third World countries is lending a hand in Oklahoma in the wake of Monday's devastating tornado.</p><p>“Because of the magnitude, Brother’s Brother really felt a need to respond,” said Liam Carstens, Brother’s Brother Foundation Vice President for Medical Programs. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 19:58:30 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 9947 at