Bill limiting Hood's power dies for breaking rules

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — A bill to limit Attorney General Jim Hood’s power is dead after it was found to violate rules in the Mississippi House. But Hood isn’t in the clear yet.

House Speaker Philip Gunn says he had no choice but to kill his own bill, after House experts ruled against it Thursday.

The bill would have let statewide elected officials and agency heads hire their own lawyers when they found that the attorney general couldn’t adequately represent them. It would have required legal contracts worth $100,000 or more to be posted on the Internet.

Republicans have been trying for years to limit the power of Hood, now the lone statewide elected Democrat.

Gunn says he will refile a corrected bill and that a committee is likely to consider it Monday.