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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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Legal time spent on religious freedom bill racking up

By BOBBY HARRISON A spokeswoman for Attorney General Jim Hood said his office has spent more than 400 hours defending House Bill 1523, which allows government officials and businesses not to provide services for same-sex weddings. The legislation, passed during the 2016 session, was struck down recently by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves for the Southern District of Mississippi. Hood ...

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AG: State’s leadership not focused on people

By BOBBY HARRISON Attorney General Jim Hood, not ruling out a campaign for governor in 2019, said Thursday the legislative leadership is focusing on social issues and corporate tax cuts instead of legislation that “will help people.” Hood, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, reiterated he believes the Republican leadership of the Legislature hastily passed the Budget Transparency and Simplification Act, ...

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Hood: Legislative leadership too focused on social issues, tax cuts

By BOBBY HARRISON Attorney General Jim Hood, not ruling out a campaign for governor in 2019, said Thursday that the legislative leadership is focusing on social issues and corporate tax cuts instead of legislation that “will help people.” Hood, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, reiterated that he believes the Republican leadership of the Legislature hastily passed the Budget Transparency and ...

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