Recently, Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton released advisory and guidance on the enforcement of laws passed by the state regarding how government entities grant contracts to private companies. The statement from Paxton pertains to companies that discriminate against firearm-related organizations, boycott energy companies, or boycott Israel.
Texas passed a law that no government entity within the Lone Star State can issue a contract valued at $100,000 or more to companies that meet this criteria. Paxton’s announcement reaffirms this law, reminding business owners of the consequences of their leftist political endeavors. According to the advisory, companies in contractual obligations with governmental entities must affirm in writing that they do not and will not engage in the specified practices at any point in the future.
“The Office of the Attorney General will continue to vigorously enforce our laws that prevent taxpayer funds from going to companies whose ‘ESG’ policies harm Texans or key Texas industries,” Paxton told the Daily Caller. “Companies who discriminate against firearms businesses and organizations, the oil and gas industry, or the nation of Israel will not enjoy the opportunity and privilege of winning public contracts in Texas,” he continued.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed these rules into law after the Texas legislature passed the regulatory measures. The law covers virtually any type of contract a government entity could engage in with a private business, including listing various expected financial services but also exhaustively specifying “any other professional services.”
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