Bill introduced to force WV attorneys with high state pay to hav - WBOY.com: Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather

Bill introduced to force WV attorneys with high state pay to have WV licenses

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Harrison County Commission Discusses New 911 Center Plans

    Harrison County Commission Discusses New 911 Center Plans

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:41:06 GMT
    A new Harrison and Taylor County 911 center is one step closer to becoming a reality.Consultants gave a report to Harrison County Commission today with cost estimates for three potential sites.They include the Quarry area, the P-K area and a field adjacent to Robert C Byrd High School."All three of them have pros and cons. Some of them have better expansion areas some of them are harder to develop because they are farther away from utilities and resources. Others don't have a lot of clearing ...
    A new Harrison and Taylor County 911 center is one step closer to becoming a reality.Consultants gave a report to Harrison County Commission today with cost estimates for three potential sites.They include the Quarry area, the P-K area and a field adjacent to Robert C Byrd High School."All three of them have pros and cons. Some of them have better expansion areas some of them are harder to develop because they are farther away from utilities and resources. Others don't have a lot of clearing ...
  • Dickey's Barbeque Pit on Emily Drive Celebrates Grand Opening

    Dickey's Barbeque Pit on Emily Drive Celebrates Grand Opening

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:28:50 GMT
    Dickey's Barbeque Pit will soon be open on Emily Drive in Clarksburg.The restaurant held a soft opening today for family and friends to help prepare them for the official opening day tomorrow.The whole weekend will feature a number of special events."Tomorrow we open at 11 o'clock and we're doing all kinds of stuff. The first 50 guests will get a free gift card and one will randomly have $50 on it. On Friday we're giving away three free barbeque for a year passes and a $500 gift card," said c...
    Dickey's Barbeque Pit will soon be open on Emily Drive in Clarksburg.The restaurant held a soft opening today for family and friends to help prepare them for the official opening day tomorrow.The whole weekend will feature a number of special events."Tomorrow we open at 11 o'clock and we're doing all kinds of stuff. The first 50 guests will get a free gift card and one will randomly have $50 on it. On Friday we're giving away three free barbeque for a year passes and a $500 gift card," said c...
  • State Police Spend Overtime On Sex Offender Compliance Checks

    State Police Spend Overtime On Sex Offender Compliance Checks

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:23:32 GMT
    A program through the U.S. Marshals Service paid for all of those extra hours, to make sure offenders are following the law and the public is safe.
    A program through the U.S. Marshals Service paid for all of those extra hours, to make sure offenders are following the law and the public is safe.

A short, simple bill introduced Friday in the House of Delegates seems to have a direct purpose.

House Bill 2788, sponsored by 11 Democratic delegates, would require any attorney employed by the State of West Virginia in positions making $100,000 or more to have a license to practice law in the Mountain State.

The state's new Attorney General Patrick Morrisey named Elbert Lin his solicitor general and said Lin was in the process of applying for a West Virginia law license.

Before that appointment, Lin was a partner at the Washington D.C.-based firm of Wiley Rein.

Lin makes $132,000 at the Attorney General's office, according to the Associated Press, and Morrisey changed Lin's title to senior assistant to the attorney general.

Morrisey said in a statement the bill is "petty politics at its worst," and called the bill "childish."

"When the West Virginia Legislature should be dedicating its time on issues such as education reform and economic development, these delegates have introduced a bill that attempts to stop state offices and agencies, including the Attorney General's Office, from hiring talented and well-qualified lawyers and professionals who will help our state save millions of dollars," Morrisey said in a statement.

Morrisey said West Virginia needs "incredible legal talent" to reduce the millions of dollars the state has historically paid for outside counsel each year. Morrisey said Lin is making one-third of his previous salary.

"West Virginia was able to score a major victory when this office hired Elbert Lin," Morrisey said. "He has impeccable legal credentials as a former clerk for a U.S. Supreme Court justice, a clerk for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, a partner at Wiley Rein, which is one of the premier law firms in the nation, and editor of the Yale Law Journal.

"How many other lawyers in the state have clerked for a Supreme Court justice?"