HB 1630

84(R) - 2015
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Ramon Romero Jr.

Bill Caption

Relating to certain limitations on settlement agreements with a governmental unit.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to State.

Local Government

The fiscal implications of the bill cannot be determined at this time because this office cannot forecast the number of claims or account for the increased cost of litigation on claims greater than or equal to $30,000.

Bill Analysis

HB 1630 would amend the Civil Practice and Remedies Code to prohibit a state or local governmental unit from entering into a settlement of a claim or action against the governmental unit for an amount of $30,000 or more and agreeing to a condition of the settlement that requires a party seeking affirmative relief against the governmental unit to agree not to disclose any fact, allegation, evidence, or other matter to any other person.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill affirms the principle of limited government. An important aspect of a limited government is government transparency. This would promote more government transparency on matters that affect taxpayers. For this reason, we support HB 1630.