Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Open Texas To Gov’t Contract Suits

Law360, Houston (January 18, 2013, 6:12 PM EST) -- A Texas lawmaker on Friday proposed legislation that would make it easier for companies and individuals to protect their rights under certain government contracts by lifting a long-standing ban on litigation against the state.

Authored by Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, HB 586 would waive the state's sovereign immunity against suits by private parties seeking to enforce most types of government contracts for goods and services.

“This bill requires the state to honor its contracts,” a spokesperson with Workman’s office said Friday.

Historically, state agencies have been...
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