Sen. Wiggins, Jackson County supervisors divided over hospital transparency law

State Sen. Brice Wiggins said Sunday he won’t attend Monday’s meeting of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors to explain a new law he helped author to put public hospitals under increased scrutiny.

“As I have just finished reading the most recent Sun Herald article and (board attorney Billy) Guice’s comments concerning the legislation, I do not feel that I can add anything more to the conversation and therefore I will not be attending the meeting,” Wiggins wrote in an email to the board Sunday morning.

An article in the Sunday Sun Herald previewed the meeting with comments from both sides.

“It is clear that Mr. Guice values his role as your attorney,” Wiggins wrote. “Seeing as how Mr. Guice’s legal advice and services have reached upwards of $350,000, and that you also have the board attorney’s advice, I would not want to impinge on this attorney-client relationship.”