AG Morrisey to host town halls

WHEELING – State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will host town halls this week in Brooke, Hancock and Ohio counties focusing on jobs and the economy.

The first is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling. The others take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the large shelter at Brooke Hills Park, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mary H. Weir Public Library.

Residents, business owners and organizations are invited to share ideas on how to improve West Virginia’s economy, and the events are open to the public.

Morrisey said he believes it’s important the attorney general’s office take an active role in job creation in West Virginia.

“The attorney general’s office should be involved because the law permeates everything we do,” he said. “Every time a regulation come downs from the federal government, it affects us. That is why this office has been working for less burdensome standards.”

Morrisey’s office might get some opportunities to issue legal opinions on proposed regulations, Morrisey added. It also can provide legal assistance to businesses seeking to comply with law, and wage litigation on behalf of the state against the regulations, he continued.

Morrisey said he has been closely watching climate change proposals set forth by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

“We want to make sure we’re reading every line of every paragraph to see what is legal and what isn’t in the administration’s positions,” Morrisey said. “We can help West Virginia’s economy, or make sure we are not harmed as much by the Obama Administration.”