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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2015
AUSTIN – The Texas House of Representatives today unanimously passed SB 20 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to reform state contracting practices and strengthen contract oversight across state government.
"Texas citizens rely on state contracts to receive services they need, and we must ensure that those contracts are awarded fairly and transparently," said Senator Nelson. "Both houses of the Texas Legislature have unanimously approved this legislation. Clearly, we are committed to reforming state contracting practices this session."
The bill, which was amended in the House, will increase public disclosure and reporting of contracts; require further accountability for contracts; and limit the amount of contracts that can be accomplished through cooperative contracts. It will now return to the Senate, where Senator Nelson is reviewing House amendments.