Texas GOP lawmakers sue governor over virus tracing contract

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gives an update on Texas Hospital bed capacity and the strategy to fight COVID-19 in the state of Texas during a press conference at Texas Department of Public Safety, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Houston. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

By PAUL J. WEBER

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Five Texas GOP lawmakers are suing Republican Gov. Greg Abbott over a $295 million contact tracing deal signed during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit filed in Austin on Wednesday claims the deal skirted oversight and amounted to the governor exceeding his authority. The lawmakers are among the most conservative in the state Legislature, and the lawsuit in a Travis County court broadly reflects ongoing anger from the Texas GOP’s far right over Abbott’s handling of the pandemic. Abbott’s did not return messages seeking comment about the lawsuit.