SB 949

85(R) - 2017
Senate State Affairs
Senate State Affairs
District Courts

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
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  • Positive
  • Neutral


Lois Kolkhorst

Bill Caption

Relating to a limitation on the amount of attorney's fees awarded in a case assigned to a special three-judge district court.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Under current law, special three-judge district courts are convened under certain circumstances. SB 949 would limit the attorney's fees a special three-judge district court can grant to $250,000. The purpose of this legislation is to protect taxpayers by limiting the amount of attorneys fees that can be paid to plaintiffs in lawsuits against state agencies. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

SB 949 limits government by preventing the state from paying excessive and frivolous attorneys fees to plaintiffs. Furthermore, this limits the incentive that some attorneys might have to sue the state in the hopes of getting a big payout. Limiting these fees necessarily limits the cost of government, therefore we support SB 949.

Organizations Supporting

Texas Conservative Coalition

Organizations Opposed

Democratic Party of Texas
Texas Trial Lawyers Association