Miss. lawmaker says ‘Sunshine’ bill will stop AG’s favoritism

The sponsor of a bill aimed at limiting Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s authority says the measure will prevent the attorney general from “unilaterally dictating” the public policy of the state.

State Rep. Mark Baker, a Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary A Committee, defended House Bill 211, also known as the Sunshine Act, in a guest column published Friday in The Clarion-Ledger.

The bill, which was referred to a Senate judiciary committee last week, would allow state officials, agencies, boards, commissions, departments or institutions to hire their own outside attorneys over the state’s top lawyer.

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2/28/12