Texas senators approve state contracting bill after scandal

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas senators have unanimously approved a measure aimed at increasing transparency in state contracts, one day after the release of a scathing report detailing a no-bid state contract.

Sen. Jane Nelson said Tuesday that her bill is intended to ensure contracts are fairly awarded and monitored. The Flower Mound Republican said “there is no room for favoritism when taxpayer dollars are at stake.”

The bill — which now heads to the Texas House — requires more reporting on contracts, including forcing agencies to disclose and justify any no-bid contracts.

On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office released a report about Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek, whose agency awarded a $110 million no-bid contract last year.

The report found that Janek helped create an environment that enabled the deal.

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