Miss. Senate approves ‘Sunshine’ bill

The Mississippi Senate on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that would limit Attorney General Jim Hood’s power.

Senators voted 32-17 for Senate Bill 2084, which would determine the percentage of a verdict outside lawyers could earn.

Under the bill, the attorney general would have to appoint outside lawyers if he decided not to represent an agency.

SB 2084 also creates a three-person panel called the Outside Counsel Oversight Commission. The commission includes the governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state, and would deal with any related disputes.

The House passed its own Sunshine Act last month.

Legal News Line
3/15/12