Clarion Ledger reports: Jasper and Smith counties are suing Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Department of Transportation and others over the recent emergency closure of county bridges, saying it was politically motivated and endangers citizens.
Attorney J.D. Sanford of Marc E. Brand and Associates filed the lawsuit Thursday in Hinds County Chancery Court on behalf of the counties’ boards of supervisors. In a statement, Sanford said the counties believe Bryant’s emergency declaration and state closure of more than 100 county bridges was “motivated by politics, not by the concern for the traveling public’s safety.”
The counties claim the action was state overreach into counties’ constitutional jurisdiction and that Bryant exceeded his authority under emergency declaration law.