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Attorney general ethics bill likely dead in Senate

March 7, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bill imposing stricter conflict-of-interest standards on West Virginia's attorney general is fizzling in the Senate.

Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Corey Palumbo says there's little interest in his committee to hear the bill, which targets Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. It would prohibit the attorney general from overseeing cases against companies that pay or have paid the attorney general or his family in the past five years.

The bill prohibits the attorney general from taking legal stances conflicting with state entities or officials. It passed the House Feb. 24.

The proposal stems from Morrisey's ties to two pharmaceutical companies his office was suing. A former attorney general initiated the suit over prescription pill profits the companies made in West Virginia. Morrisey recused himself. Other state agencies are now overseeing the case.



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