Transparency on private attorney contracts with state passes out of House committee
January 31, 2018
A bill to bring more accountability and transparency to taxpayer dollars by capping the amount of contingency fees collected by private attorneys for government work, passed through the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
House Bill 198, sponsored by Rep. Jason Nemes, seeks to shine a light on contingency fee contracts entered into by the Kentucky Attorney General and ensures the commonwealth remains in control of litigation when hiring contingency fee counsel.
The legislation, Nemes said, would create transparency, set reasonable limits on contingency fees, and codify recent case law requirements to ensure the state remains in control of any litigation involving contingency fee counsel.