By Hinojosa H.B. No. 3234 75R11524 SAW-F A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the transfer of municipal hospital authority assets for 1-3 health-related projects. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Section 262.002, Health and Safety Code, is 1-6 amended by adding Subdivision (9) to read as follows: 1-7 (9) "Health-related projects" means projects, 1-8 including academic health programs, clinics, and community health 1-9 education projects, that serve the health needs of the indigent and 1-10 other residents of a municipality that created an authority. 1-11 SECTION 2. Section 262.005(a), Health and Safety Code, is 1-12 amended to read as follows: 1-13 (a) A governing body by ordinance may dissolve an authority 1-14 created by the governing body if the governing body and the 1-15 authority provide for the sale or transfer of the authority's 1-16 assets and liabilities to the municipality or to another person. 1-17 The authority and the governing body may not transfer the assets of 1-18 the authority without due compensation except to a governmental 1-19 entity that embraces the territory of the authority, including the 1-20 municipality that created the authority or a county in which that 1-21 municipality is located, to fund or support health-related 1-22 projects. 1-23 SECTION 3. Section 262.033, Health and Safety Code, is 1-24 amended by adding Subsection (e) to read as follows: 2-1 (e) The authority may transfer proceeds from the sale of a 2-2 hospital or part of a hospital to a governmental entity that 2-3 embraces the territory of the authority, including the municipality 2-4 that created the authority or a county in which that municipality 2-5 is located, to fund or support health-related projects. 2-6 SECTION 4. Subchapter C, Chapter 262, Health and Safety 2-7 Code, is amended by adding Section 262.037 to read as follows: 2-8 Sec. 262.037. HEALTH-RELATED PROJECTS. An authority may 2-9 transfer assets to a governmental entity that embraces the 2-10 territory of the authority, including the municipality that created 2-11 the authority or a county in which that municipality is located, to 2-12 fund or support health-related projects. 2-13 SECTION 5. The importance of this legislation and the 2-14 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 2-15 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 2-16 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 2-17 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended, 2-18 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its 2-19 passage, and it is so enacted.