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Relating to the review and approval of contingent fee contracts for certain public agencies.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 970 would prevent a public agency with the power to own or operate waste collection, transportation, treatment, or disposal facilities or systems, from entering into a contingency fee contract for legal services without review and approval by the attorney general. This would not apply to (1) a contingent fee contract to collect delinquent ad valorem taxes, and court fines and fees, accounts receivable; (2) a contingent fee contract for services rendered in connection with the issuance of a public security; or (3) a type of contingent fee contract designated by the attorney general by rule based on the insignificance of the risk involved or the existence of statutory authority for the contract.
Texas Action is neutral on SB 970 as it neither advances nor hinders any of our liberty principles.