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Relating to the calculation of costs in interagency contracts between certain state agencies and the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
Currently, the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) receives payments for the costs of conducting hearings and alternative dispute resolutions referred by state agencies through either (1) General Revenue Fund appropriations or (2) lump-sum payments from interagency contracts (IACs). However, there are certain agencies that are unable to utilize IACs. SB 1794 would require SOAH's costs for IACs with those certain agencies be set in accordance with the Interagency Contract statute.
Texas Action is neutral on SB 1794 as it does not affect our liberty principles.