Senate Passes AG Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill that would restrict Attorney General Jim Hood's power to control the state's legal business.

Senate Bill 2084, passed Wednesday, would write into law what
share of a verdict could be earned by outside lawyers hired on contingency.

It would also require that the attorney general appoint outside lawyers if he had a "significant disagreement as to the legal strategy" with the head of an agency or elected official who had a legal issue.

The attorney general would also have to appoint outside lawyers if he declined to represent an agency.

The bill creates a three-man panel composed of the governor, the lieutenant governor and secretary of state that would referee such
disputes, deciding who should prevail. The loser could appeal into

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