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Report: Miss. AG moves office to hometown

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 19, 2013

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) -- Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is moving his office to his hometown of Houston, Miss.

Hood, a Democrat, made the announcement late last month, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

The attorney general said he was moving his base of operations three hours northeast of Jackson, the state's capital, in the best interest of his family.

He will be working out of an office set up in a building owned by his father, according to the Daily Journal.

In a statement, Hood insisted that his duties and responsibilities as the state's top lawyer would continue to be a "top priority," and that he will make regular commutes to his capitol office.

Republicans already are concerned.

According to the newspaper, GOP "operatives" argued, within hours of Hood's announcement, that he is violating a section of state code.

The section states, "The attorney general shall be assigned an office at the capitol and shall keep the same open Monday through Friday for not less than eight hours each day.

"He and his assistants shall be there for business during said hours with the exception of such time when the attorney general or his assistants may be required to conduct the state's business at other locations."

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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