House panel snubs Hood’s effort to testify on bill

Attorney General Jim Hood is steamed because a state House committee wouldn’t let him testify on a bill that would cut his authority.

Under the bill, any state agency would be able to hire its own lawyer without Hood’s approval.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-10 Tuesday to approve the bill, setting it up for a vote of the full House as early as Thursday.

Clarion Ledger