By Turner of Harris H.B. No. 2328
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1-1 AN ACT
1-2 relating to an exception to the open meetings law for certain
1-3 deliberations of the board of a hospital district.
1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
1-5 SECTION 1. Section 551.085, Government Code, is amended to
1-6 read as follows:
1-7 Sec. 551.085. GOVERNING BOARD [
OF DIRECTORS] OF MUNICIPAL
1-8 HOSPITAL, HOSPITAL DISTRICT, OR MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY. This
1-9 chapter does not require the governing board [ of directors] of a
1-10 municipal hospital, [ or of a] municipal hospital authority, or
1-11 hospital district created under general or special law to conduct
1-12 an open meeting to deliberate:
1-13 (1) pricing or financial planning information relating
1-14 to a bid or negotiation for the arrangement or provision of [ in
1-15 which the hospital offers] services or product lines [ as a contract
1-16 service provider] to another person if disclosure of the
1-17 information would give advantage to competitors of the hospital or
1-18 hospital district; or
1-19 (2) information relating to a proposed new service or
1-20 product line of the hospital or hospital district before the
1-21 hospital publicly announces the service or product line.
1-22 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 1997.
1-23 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the
1-24 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
2-1 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
2-2 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
2-3 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.