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Relating to the creation of the Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. However, the bill permits the
institution to request non-formula support, which could, if funded,result in significant costs
to the state.
Technically this would grow government by expanding a state university. However, public universities are provided for by the Texas Constitution and the Constitution vests authority in the legislature to administer state universities making this a legitimate function of government. Whether or not this is a wise use of state resources is a policy decision for the legislature to make. We remain neutral on HB 2867.