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
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.