State Reps. Mike Lang (R-Eastland), Kyle Biedermann (R- Fredericksburg), William Zedler (R-Arlington) and Steve Toth (R-Spring) and State Sen. Bob Hall (R-Rockwell) nfiled the case in Travis County district court earlier this week. They are seeking to have the contract invalidated.
The plaintiffs claim Abbott is not a legislature with the authority to make policy and they characterize his “law-making” as “unbalanced and subject to frequent irrational conclusions.”
“The contract tracing policy has never been established as a policy accepted or supported by the Texas Legislature,” the lawsuit reads. “Multiple legislators have criticized the Contact Tracing Program, including the named plaintiffs; the most likely result of its introduction to the Texas Legislature would be a rejection or a significantly different approach than that which the governor has taken.”
At issue is the multi-million dollar contact tracing contract awarded without a bid process to MTX, a little-known firm with little to no experience that beat out giants like Accenture, IBM, Maximus Health, NTTA Data and AT&T.