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Hospital authority bill clears Assembly — with big changes
Bakersfield Californian

A bill that would allow the creation of a hospital authority to run Kern Medical Center passed the state Assembly with major changes Monday.

But those changes — which would transfer union contracts with the county to the new authority and shift all KMC’s assets and liabilities over as well — are not set in stone. And the county, its largest employee union and the bill’s author, Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, expect to swap revisions to AB 2546 as it moves through the legislative process.