Miss. Senate OKs Bill Letting Officials Skirt AG, Hire Counsel

Law360, New York (April 12, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT) -- The Mississippi Senate on Wednesday moved forward on a bill aimed at limiting the powers of the state attorney general by giving state officials and agencies the authority to hire their own outside counsel if they don’t want to go through the attorney general's office.

The Senate passed an amended House Bill 211, known as the Sunshine Act, in a 35-17 vote Tuesday, sending it back to the House for concurrence Wednesday.

The bill aims to diminish the attorney general’s authority to hire his own outside counsel,...
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