This Week: Arts Commission, attorney general, universities feel the pinch

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Topping news this week in Mississippi:

• A Senate bill would abolish the current Mississippi Arts Commission and fold its funding and duties into the Mississippi Developmental Authority, overseen by Gov. Phil Bryant.

• In the House, a bill was revived and passed that could limit the attorney general’s spending. A three-member commission — the governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state — would approve the use of outside attorneys in cases that could result in awards of more than $250,000.

• Three leaders of higher education in Mississippi warned legislators that continued budget cuts could cause serious damage to the state’s public universities.