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