House Passes Limit on Attorney General's Power

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi House of Representatives has
passed a bill that would limit the powers of the attorney general. House Bill 211 passed 59-55 Wednesday.

Proponents say it will prevent the state attorney general, currently Democrat Jim Hood, from imposing his views on elected and appointed officials. The House has a Republican majority for the first time since Reconstruction.

Currently, 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 measure now goes to the Senate, which also has a Republican majority.

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