House Bill 172 — Hospital district trustees

House Bill 172 — Hospital district trustees

by
Phil Haunschild
February 28, 2019

Bill description: HB 172 would prohibit the trustees of a hospital district from also serving on the board of directors for a hospital within the district.

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Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity or otherwise compromise government transparency or accountability? Conversely, does it increase public access to information related to government activity or increase government transparency or accountability?

Idaho law allows localities to establish hospital districts to collect taxes, take on debt, and otherwise fund and operate hospitals and other health care facilities. There are currently 15 hospital districts across the state.

HB 172 would prohibit the trustees of a hospital district, who are elected by members of the district, from serving on a board of directors for a hospital within that district. This would prevent a conflict of interest from arising if board members from a private hospital, which can receive benefits from the public hospital district, are also the ones governing the public hospital district.

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