Miss. House rejects bill that would require Attorney General Jim Hood to get permission to sue

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi House members are rejecting new restrictions against Attorney General Jim Hood’s ability to file lawsuits or hire outside lawyers.

The House voted 66-49 Wednesday to reject a House Bill 1201, which would require the governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state to approve the attorney general’s filing of any lawsuit in which the state could win more than $250,000. House Judiciary A Committee Chairman Mark Baker, R-Brandon, could bring the bill back up for more debate.

Hood is the only Democrat holding statewide office. While most Republicans supported the bill, 13 opposed it and three did not vote. Among Republicans voting no was House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson of Poplarville.

The Republic
2/4/15