210.201 H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute facilities; establishment; funding

The Board of Directors of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute shall construct, furnish, and equip, and shall covenant to complete, the cancer research and clinical and related facilities of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute funded with proceeds from the Cigarette Tax Collection Trust Fund pursuant to s. 210.20. Moneys transferred to the Board of Directors of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute pursuant to s. 210.20 may be used to secure financing to pay costs related to constructing, furnishing, equipping, operating, and maintaining cancer research and clinical and related facilities; furnishing, equipping, operating, and maintaining other leased or owned properties; and paying costs incurred in connection with purchasing, financing, operating, and maintaining such equipment, facilities, and properties as provided in s. 210.20. Such financing may include the issuance of tax-exempt bonds or other forms of indebtedness by a local authority, municipality, or county pursuant to parts II and III of chapter 159. Such bonds shall not constitute state bonds for purposes of s. 11, Art. VII of the State Constitution, but shall constitute bonds of a “local agency,” as defined in s. 159.27(4). The cigarette tax dollars pledged to facilities pursuant to s. 210.20 may be replaced annually by the Legislature from tobacco litigation settlement proceeds.

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