Text to Appear on the Ballot:
The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.
Until 1962, only counties with a population of more than 190,000 were allowed to create hospital districts by the Texas’s Constitution. In 1960, Section 7, Article IX in the 1960s allowing a hospital district in Hidalgo County was approved and added to the Texas Constitution, setting a limit on the property tax rate of 10 cents per $100. In 1962, a new constitutional amendment, Article IX Section 9, allowed counties with low-income residents to establish hospital districts, with a property tax rate of up to 75 cents per $100. However, Section 7 was not repealed, so Hidalgo County was left with a lower limit, making it difficult to create a hospital district in the county. This proposition would repeal Section 7, Article IX of the Texas Constitution, and allows the authorization of a hospital district in Hidalgo County by the legislature.
HJR 147 was sponsored by Reps. Bobby Guerra, Sergio Munoz, Jr. Oscar Longoria, Terry Canales, Armando Martinez. SJR 54 was sponsored by Sen. Juan Hinojosa.
Vote on the Legislation:
In the House, the measure received 145 votes in favor and no votes opposed. In the Senate, there were 29 votes in favor and 0 votes opposing it.