- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lawmakers say they want details on major contracts at nearly a dozen Texas agencies following a $110 million no-bid contracting scandal.

The request Monday from a House committee is the latest fallout from a criminal investigation into how the Austin-based tech company 21 CT received a lucrative contract in 2014 outside the normal bidding process.

Revelations over how the deal was awarded has made contracting reform an unusually high-profile issue in the Legislature this year.

The House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics says 11 of the state’s largest agencies have until the end of this month to provide details about its biggest contracts.

House leaders say the purpose is to find out whether contract irregularities are widespread.

Several top state officials have resigned over the 21CT deal.



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