Lawyer backs Legislature’s school funding alternative

JACKSON – An attorney with strong Republican connections is defending the Mississippi Legislature’s decision to put an alternative to a citizen-sponsored education funding measure on this November’s ballot. Some Democratic lawmakers had a terse exchange Monday with the House speaker over who authorized the attorney to speak for the entire Legislature on a divisive issue.

Michael Wallace, who often represents Republicans, filed papers Monday in Hinds County Circuit Court on behalf of the Legislature, asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed last week by Oxford parent Adrian Shipman.

Shipman’s lawsuit seeks to reword the description of the Legislature’s alternative so voters won’t confuse it with a citizen-led initiative when the two measures appear, one after the other, on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Hattiesburg American