Q May a candidate for the Legislature, if elected, maintain a 50% (fifty percent) ownership interest in a company, which does business with a public school district and is paid with funds appropriated by the Legislature?

A No. Pursuant to Section 109 of the Miss. Constitution and Section 254-105(2)of the Miss. Code, a member of the Legislature is prohibited from having an interest in a company which does business with a school district and is paid with funds appropriated by the Legislature. (Mississippi Ethics Commission Advisory Opinion No. 19-025-E, July 12, 2019)