Bill to limit AG’s powers defeated

JACKSON – A day after Attorney General Jim Hood garnered $26 million in lawsuit settlement funds for Mississippi’s cash-strapped general fund, efforts by the House leadership to limit his ability to file lawsuits was voted down by the full chamber.

By a narrow 60-58 margin Wednesday, the House defeated a proposal by Judiciary A Chairman Mark Baker, R-Brandon, to require the attorney general to obtain the permission of the Outside Counsel Oversight Commission to file a lawsuit where the settlement obtained by the state was expected to exceed $250,000….

…Twelve Republicans voted with the Democrats to defeat the legislation.

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