FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would regulate contracts the Attorney General could enter in to for outside counsel on a contingency fee basis despite concerns from Democratic lawmakers.
Some Democratic lawmakers spoke in opposition to the bill, calling it an overreach of the Governor’s office, through the Finance Cabinet, but Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, and the bill’s sponsor, disagreed.
“This is simply a matter of trying to get as much money as possible to the people of Kentucky,” he said. “When we get money, and God willing we will against these opioid folks, if they’ve done wrong, that money needs to go to people to get them off drugs. Not an overpayment to private counsel who have been hired on a contingency basis.”