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The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.
 
Brief Description:
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 However, Section 7 was not repealed, so Hidalgo County was left with a lower limit, making it difficult to create a hospital district in the county.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.

 
 
 
 
 
Sponsors: 
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.
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