House Passes A.G. Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Republican-led Mississippi House has passed a bill that would limit the powers of the Democratic attorney general.

House Bill 211 passed 59-55 Wednesday.

Proponents say it will prevent Attorney General Jim Hood from imposing his views on elected and appointed officials.

Now, officials need Hood's approval to hire other lawyers. The bill would also require all outside legal contracts be filed with a state board, and require the board to approve contracts worth more than $100,000.

The vote came after long debate and a series of narrow party-line defeats for Democratic amendments.
Hood, the only remaining elected statewide Democrat, opposes the bill and says it is unconstitutional.

A previous bill, considered last week, failed after it was challenged for violating parliamentary rules.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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  • by Lady Blue on Feb 19, 2012 at 06:20 PM
    I agree with "Know", "Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 02:40 PM" & "Patriot." AG Hood should've kept his mouth shut. He is the lone (D) & wanted to make a mountain out of a mole hill. Well, he got his say & the opposition got theirs. He had done his job very well, but I give him an F- for character. What was he trying to prove anyway? Just the jack donkey he really is? Maybe more people should have voted for the other guy then the legislature would not have needed to even consider such an absurd slap in the face. Just maybe people will remember this "stunt" he pulled next election & vote for the other guy.
  • by Know before you Blow on Feb 18, 2012 at 07:01 PM
    The AG was already hiring outside Lawyers. It was his "cronies". Now, State Department heads will just have the "Option" to hire outside if needed. If not, the AG will still be used. It's not costing more. Look at what Hood gave his buddies over the last 8 years. Wake up people.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM
    Do you not understand that the AG was a part of the whole pardon process before it ever happened? He should not have acted like he didn't know what was going on until after the fact. He knew.
  • by Patriot on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM
    Like the Democrats didn't and don't ramrod their own ideas and squash the opposition when they're in control! That's the lock-step mantra of the left! Republicans want murderers and rapists on the street, dirty water, and to throw grandma over a cliff. Keep drinking the Democrat Kool-Aid and collecting your check and all will be well....until they get to YOU... and YOU are inconvenient to their goals. Jim Hood shuttles work to his cronies! Will you ever wake up?
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      by C. on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:13 PM in reply to Patriot
      Someone with the nickname 'Patriot' supports the idea of a one-party state. Duly noted.
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        by Patriot on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:34 PM in reply to C.
        The people of Mississippi elected a Republican majority. Used to be a Democrat majority. The only problem for you is your side is on the outs. Listen, if this gets passed and the public doesn't like it, they'll speak at the polls next time. That's how it works. We still have a multiparty system. The dems and reform candidates just lost.
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          by veteran on Feb 20, 2012 at 04:26 PM in reply to Patriot
          and the democrat party was conservative, not the liberals they are today.
  • by C. Location: Meridian on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:37 AM
    Come on, Republicans, stop playing around with half-measures like this already. Just outlaw all opposition parties, you know you want to. A one-party state is good enough for North Korea it should be good enough for us.
  • by rl on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:09 AM
    That's gonna cost the state more for an outside firm, when the A.G is there for the purpose of the state!!!! I don't want murderers and rapist on the streets!??? That's the only reason they passed it, Someone finally stood up to ole Haley!!!!!
  • by dontbe on Feb 15, 2012 at 08:43 PM
    Just pray for our leaders.
  • by ghgh Location: Meridian on Feb 15, 2012 at 08:13 PM
    Low down dirty rep.
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