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Hood believes his office will be funded

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Attorney General Jim Hood said Monday he is “confident” the Legislature would pass budgets to fund his office and the state’s transportation system before the new fiscal year begins July 1. The 2017 session of the Mississippi Legislature ended last week without budget bills to fund Hood’s office, the Mississippi Department of Transportation and ...

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Attorneys general from 8 states, DC to meet in Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia planning to meet in Virginia to discuss technology and emerging threats. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is hosting the top attorneys for a conference Tuesday and Wednesday in Charlottesville. The other attorneys generals planning to attend are from Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, ...

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Hood deposits $34M, lobbies for mental health spending

As budget writers try to stretch Mississippi’s cash to cover its needs, Attorney General Jim Hood is chipping in $34.4 million. The Democratic attorney general announced Thursday that he had deposited the winnings from lawsuits into the state’s general fund. Most of the money came from a $26 million settlement with credit rating agency Moody’s Corp. announced in January. Hood ...

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House reverses course, votes to limit AG’s ability to file lawsuits

By BOBBY HARRISON House leaders were able to reverse enough votes Wednesday to pass legislation that could prevent Mississippi’s attorney general from pursuing lawsuits like the 1990s tobacco litigation that resulted in a settlement of more than $4 billion for state coffers. The legislation passed 63-56 Wednesday. The legislation had been defeated 58-60 last week, but was held on a motion ...

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In reversal, House votes to limit attorney general’s powers

The Republican-led Mississippi House has reversed course and advanced a bill to limit powers of the Democratic attorney general. House Bill 555 passed 63-55 Wednesday, mostly along party lines. It moves to the Senate. The vote came one week after the bill originally failed 58-60. The bill would require the attorney general to receive permission from a three-member board before filing ...

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Mississippi sues Google, saying it violates student privacy

Mississippi’s Democratic attorney general is once again tangling with Google, alleging in a lawsuit that the company is illegally violating student privacy, even as some Republicans seek to muzzle his ability to file such civil suits. Attorney General Jim Hood sued the California-based computer giant Friday in Lowndes County Chancery Court. In a news conference Tuesday, Hood said Google is breaking Mississippi ...

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Mississippi joins fight for legal sports betting

Mississippi and several other states have joined New Jersey’s fight to legalize sports betting in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. The Clarion-Ledger reports Attorney General Jim Hood signed onto the brief submitted by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, as did the attorneys general of Arizona, Louisiana and Wisconsin. New Jersey in October appealed a lower court’s ...

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Analysis: Mississippi tightens bond rules for long-term debt

Don’t take on long-term debt to cover day-to-day expenses. Don’t use credit to buy stuff that will wear out before it’s paid off. It’s advice many parents give their soon-to-be adult children. And, in a nutshell, it’s what the Mississippi Bond Commission says in rules it recently adopted. The rules were written partly in response to a $308 million bond ...

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Mississippi’s Hood asks court to legalize online sales tax

Mississippi’s attorney general is signing up for a court challenge to overturn a federal ban of online sales taxes. Jim Hood said Monday that he and 10 other attorneys general have filed a friend-of-the-court brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a 1992 decision in a North Dakota case that bars states from collecting sales taxes on internet purchases. ...

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Hood: Credit reporting agencies’ actions hurt consumers

Mississippi residents will receive three years of free access to their own credit reports under an agreement three credit reporting agencies have made with the state’s top legal officer. Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax agreed to overhaul their business practices after an investigation showed they made mistakes on consumers’ credit reports, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said in a news release ...

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