By:  Ratliff                                           S.B. No. 344
                                 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
                                        AN ACT
    1-1  relating to the disposition of surplus tax money of the Morris
    1-2  County Hospital District on dissolution of the district.
    1-4        SECTION 1.  Section  9.09, Chapter 719, Acts of the 71st
    1-5  Legislature, Regular Session, 1989, is amended by amending
    1-6  Subsections (d) and (e) and adding Subsection (g) to read as
    1-7  follows:
    1-8        (d)  When all lawfully incurred and outstanding debts and
    1-9  obligations of the district are paid, the board shall transfer all
   1-10  surplus tax money to Morris County for use by the county in
   1-11  providing health care services and assistance to indigent residents
   1-12  of the county under Subchapter B, Chapter 61, Health and Safety
   1-13  Code (Indigent Health Care and Treatment Act) <return the pro rata
   1-14  share of all unused tax money to each person who paid the tax
   1-15  imposed under this section.  A person may request that the person's
   1-16  share of surplus tax money be credited to the person's county
   1-17  taxes.  If a person requests the credit, the board shall transmit
   1-18  the funds to the county tax assessor-collector>.
   1-19        (e)  If, after payment of all lawfully incurred and
   1-20  outstanding debts and obligations of the district and after
   1-21  transferring <return of> any surplus <unused> tax money under
   1-22  Subsection (d) of this section, the district has any remaining
   1-23  assets, those assets shall be transferred to Morris County or
   1-24  another governmental entity in the district to be used for the
    2-1  benefit of persons in the district.
    2-2        (g)  After the commissioners court of the county enters an
    2-3  order affirming the dissolution of the district, Morris County, on
    2-4  behalf of the board, may collect any delinquent taxes imposed by
    2-5  the board under this section.  Morris County shall use the money
    2-6  the county collects under this subsection to provide health care
    2-7  services and assistance to indigent residents of the county under
    2-8  Subchapter B, Chapter 61, Health and Safety Code (Indigent Health
    2-9  Care and Treatment Act).
   2-10        SECTION 2.  The importance of this legislation and the
   2-11  crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
   2-12  emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
   2-13  constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
   2-14  days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,
   2-15  and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its
   2-16  passage, and it is so enacted.