Lawmaker appealing Commission’s order to repay $346K

BRANDON — A Rankin County lawmaker is appealing a state Ethics Commission order to repay $346,000 from public printing contracts that went to his family business.

Rep. Kevin McGee, a Republican from Brandon, owns Service Printers of Flowood along with family members.

The Clarion-Ledger reports the Ethics Commission last month ruled there is “clear and convincing evidence” that 258 contracts between state agencies and Service Printers violated state ethics laws.

State law prohibits lawmakers from doing business with state government.

One of McGee’s attorneys filed an appeal in Hinds County Circuit Court.

McGee has argued he should be granted a credit — offering free service to the state totaling the amount owed – because he was not aware he was violating the law.

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