EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHIRING SNAFU HIGHLIGHTED
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WV House Introduces Bill Targeting Attorney General's Office
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Mar. 1, 2013 4:31 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
In a sign that partisan tensions may be ratcheting up, 11 Democrats in the West Virginia House introduced a bill highlighting a hiring snafu of Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
The bill introduced Friday would require that all state government attorneys that make more than $100,000 have a license to practice law in the state when they are hired.
The bill targets the controversy surrounding Morrisey aide Elbert Lin who was initially hired as solicitor general. Lin has practiced law in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., but is not expected to have a West Virginia law license for several months. Lin makes $130,000.
The bill's sponsors said that Morrisey's hiring practices run contrary to the themes of fiscal responsibility that he campaigned on. Morrisey called the bill shameful partisan politics.
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