The Clarion-Ledger, 11/19/8

A legislative hearing into state agencies’ use of contract lobbyists will continue this afternoon with testimony from the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the Division of Medicaid.

During morning testimony, the Senate Ethics Committee heard from state College Board President Amy Whitten and former Higher Education Commissioner Tom Meredith about universities’ lobbying practices.

Committee chairman Sen. Merle Flowers, R-Southaven, said the committee was concerned that state agencies were wasting money by paying lobbyists to perform duties that staff members could perform.

The committee also was concerned about the selection of lobbyists.