DALLAS - The Texas House this week is considering a $300 million appropriation to pay debt service for what would be the first issue from $3 billion in cancer research bonds, but the path to actual issuance is complicated by a requirement for private investment.

Under a state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2007, every dollar of public funding for research must be matched by 50 cents of private investment. The provision was added to the proposal in the 2007 legislative session. Voters approved the measure in November that year.

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