Government Retention of Personal Injury Lawyers: SB 113 (1999).

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Requires that the state attempt to handle all litigation through


Requires that the state attempt to handle all litigation through in-house counsel.  Provides that when seeking outside counsel, the contracting agency must first seek an hourly fee arrangement.   Provides that contingent fee contracts in excess of $100,000 be approved by a Legislative Review Board.  Requires that at the conclusion of contingent fee representation, the state receive a statement of hours worked and total fees recovered.

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