HB 2669

85(R) - 2017
House Ways & Means
House Ways & Means
Civil Remedies

Vote Recommendation

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Hugh Shine

Bill Caption

Relating to remedies in certain taxpayer suits against the state. 

Fiscal Notes

The bill may reduce an indeterminate amount of state obligations to pay attorney's fees in tax litigation.

Bill Analysis

This bill would limit the situations under which a court may award an individual attorney’s fees in various suites against the state. If this bill passes, and if someone is seeking legal or equitable relief relating to the applicability, assessment, collection, constitutionality, or amount of a tax or fee imposed under the enforcement and collection portion of the Texas Tax code, they would not be allowed to be awarded attorney’s fees. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill violates our commitment to limited government by interfering with the rule of law. If someone was wronged and was forced to hire an attorney to correct the injustice, they should be eligible for at least reasonable attorney’s fees if they win the suite. The double standard this bill creates is an offense against justice, because justice applied non-uniformly is not justice at all. For this reason we oppose this bill. 

Organizations Opposed

Texas Values