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House to vote on bill targeting West Virginia attorney general’s control of settlement funds


Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislation to rein in West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s use of lawsuit settlement funds will be up for a final vote today in the House of Delegates.

House members modified the bill Monday, reducing the amount of settlement money Morrisey can keep in his office’s consumer protection account from $6 million to $5 million. The measure allows the Legislature to sweep the account twice a year.

Morrisey now has $11 million stockpiled in the consumer account, according to House leaders.

“What this bill addresses is how our attorney general consumer protection fund is used,” said Delegate Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha. “The amendment is basically taking the maximum amount in that account in any one year from $6 million to $5 million.”

State lawmakers say the bill ensures the Legislature gets to spend the settlement money as it sees fit.

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