- Requires the Attorney General, upon entering into contingent fee contracts for legal services in which the anticipated fee is in excess of $1 million or in which compensation for services is calculated on an hourly basis, to file these contracts with the Secretary of State. If a contingent fee contract is not filed with the Secretary of State, the fee is capped at $1 million (Sec. 2).
- Requires additional counsel, including special council, contracted by the Attorney General and receiving a contingent fee to maintain current and complete time and expense records (Sec. 2).
- Requires special counsel contracted by the Attorney General to allow inspection and copying of time and expense records upon request of the Attorney General or the employing state officer, and mandates that the time and expense records be filed with the Secretary of State after the legal matter for which the special counsel was contracted is concluded (Sec. 2).
- Requires state agencies or officers to obtain prior written approval from the Attorney General before contracting with any private attorney or other outside council for legal services, unless they are otherwise authorized by law to do so (Sec. 1).
- Requires the Attorney General to provide seven working days' written notice to the executive director of a state agency before filing any legal action on behalf of that agency, unless that seven-day waiting period would cause "irreparable injury" to the state (Sec. 1).
- This is a substitute bill sponsored by the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which the original text was replaced by an amendment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee.
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.