Bill limiting AG’s power dies

A bill to limit Attorney General Jim Hood’s power died Thursday after it was found to violate parliamentary rules in the Mississippi House. But Hood is not in the clear yet.

House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said he had no choice but to kill his own bill, after experts found that it was written in a way that broke rules.

Gunn said he will refile a corrected bill and that the Judiciary A Committee is likely to consider the new version Monday.

Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, raised the objection that killed House Bill 122, after Democrats spent nearly two hours questioning House Judiciary A Chairman Mark Baker, R-Brandon.

“My desire is to follow the rules and the point of order was taken, even though it was my bill,” Gunn said after the ruling.

Clarion Ledger
2/10/12