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SB 1348 would repeal Section 288.0032 Health and Safety Code which provides that the Local Provider Parcitipation Fund (LPPF) for the counties of Hidalgo, Cameron, and Webb will automatically be abolished in December 2016. By removing that provision, this legislation would remove the LPPF from sunset review. The LPPF was originally created in 2013 by the 83rd Legislature.
For all practical purposes this legislation would make the LPPF a permanent entity.
Generally we prefer to keep sunset provisions and allow for special purpose districts to remain subject to expiration. Due to the specific nature of this hospital district which is funded by the federal government and not by Texans and does not possess the authority to levy taxes, sell bonds, or claim eminent domain, SB 1348 does not fall within our Liberty Principles. We remain neutral on this legislation.