Text to Appear on the Ballot:
"The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational."
Proposition 2 would repeal Section 50a of Article III of the Texas Constitution, regarding a now- abandoned State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund. The original purpose of this fund was to make loans, grants or scholarships to students that who agree to practice medicine in rural areas of Texas. However, once it was established; it was so unattractive that it did not attract physicians to practice medicine in underserved communities.
H.J.R. 79 carries out a decades-old recommendation on by the Sunset Advisory Commission and the Legislative Budget Board to repeal a now-obsolete constitutional provision added in 1952 that required the legislature to create a State Medical Education Board, establish a fund, and make appropriations to that fund to be used by that board to provide grants, loans, or scholarships directly to medical students who agree to practice medicine in rural areas of this state. The board was not created until 1973, and once created, was largely ineffective in serving its purpose of attracting physicians to serve in medically underserved communities. Due to its ineffectiveness, the board has not received state appropriations or issued new loans for more than 20 years, and the legislature has since enacted more effective methods of attracting physicians to serve in rural Texas. In an ongoing effort to remove unnecessary provisions from the Texas Constitution, H.J.R. 79 removes the requirement for the defunct medical education board and its related fund.
Sponsors: The measure is sponsored by Reps. Dan Branch, Scott Turner and Brian Birdwell.
Vote on the Legislation:
In the House, there were 145 votes in favor and 0 votes against it. As for the Senate, there were 30 votes in favor and 0 votes against it.