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STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
PATRICK MORRISEY
Phone: 304-558-2021
Email: communications@wvago.gov
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Beth Ryan
Phone: (304) 558-2021


Release Date: February 18, 2014

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Sends Letter To Speaker Miley Outlining Concerns With Proposed Legislation



CHARLESTON – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey released the following statement today:

"Today, I sent a letter to Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, outlining significant concerns our Office has regarding House Bill 4490.

"This legislation creates a constitutional crisis and puts at risk the core functions of the Attorney General’s Office by changing the legal standards under which we can pursue claims and represent the state.

"Specifically, I have at least four concerns about the House Bill 4490:

• It establishes new legal standards for one office, but does not require legislators, the Governor, Supreme Court of Appeals justices or other members of the Board of Public Works to adhere to the same rules.

• The bill puts at risk ongoing investigations by our Office that target corruption and violations of our state’s consumer protection laws.

• The legislation also would gut the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division because funding would be dramatically reduced under HB 4490.

• House Bill 4490 unconstitutionally seeks to grind to a halt the Office’s efforts to protect the Second Amendment, fight for coal jobs and take on President Obama’s overreach by limiting the Office’s ability to independently decide whether to file amicus briefs.

"I urge Speaker Miley to take appropriate steps to halt the bill and prevent West Virginia from being thrown into a constitutional crisis."