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HB 797 makes some administrative changes to the Hunt County Hospital District regarding the qualifications of the district's directors. HB 797 would also authorize the district to issue revenue bonds to "purchase, construct, acquire, repair, renovate, or equip buildings or improvements for hospital purposes" or to "acquire sites to be used for hospital purposes".
05/18/2015 We remain neutral on HB 797 in the second chamber. The second chamber sponsor is Senator Hall.
This hospital district is already created and most of the changes in this bill are simply administrative. The additional bonding authority would allow the district to choose between revenue and general obligation bonds which would allow the hospital district to better fund itself. While the proliferation of local bond debt is concerning, the district already has general obligation bonding authority so adding this new authority does not substantively violate our liberty principles. We remain neutral.