Bryant joining suit on federal transgender directive

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he’s joining a lawsuit with Texas and 10 other states over federal directives — and threat of loss of federal education dollars — on transgender bathroom policy in public schools.

“Our office has talked to the Texas attorney general’s office and I intend, as soon as possible, to join the lawsuit against this latest example of federal overreach,” Bryant said in a written statement.

Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler said that Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood declined to participate in the federal litigation filed in Texas, so Bryant will use one of his staff attorneys.

Clarion Ledger