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HB74 – Settlement Funds Go to the General Fund

Representative John Kowalko has reintroduced a bill, House Bill 74, that will require that any settlement money received by the state as a result of any lawsuit that the Attorney General brings on behalf of the state be deposited into the General Fund so that the monies can be spent as part of the normal budgetary process. This bill seeks to eliminate the practice where the Governor or Attorney General seek to direct how settlement monies are spent on special projects, outside of the normal budgetary process.

This is a common sense bill and should be passed, but it has been placed in Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf’s House Administration Committee, which tends to mean that it will likely languish there for a while.

House Bill 74 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
Kowalko Morrison Osienski Wilson-Anton Collins
Walsh
Current Status: House Administration 1/19/21

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2 comments on “HB74 – Settlement Funds Go to the General Fund

  1. Mitch Crane

    There is nothing novel about doing this. The Department of Insurance levies “administrative penalties” for violations of insurance law. Penalties have ranged into the hundreds of thousand of dollars when insurance companies have committed serious violations. The money collected is deposited into the General Fund.

    I see no reason not to do the same for all departments and agencies.

  2. “[I]t has been placed in Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf’s House Administration Committee, which tends to mean that it will likely languish there for a while.”

    No, it means it’s dead.

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