West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is getting $1.8 million to improve technology in his office but he says the spending bill passed by state lawmakers Thursday is much more than that.

“This really is a landmark change and I’m really excited that everyone came together, acted in a bipartisan way, to enact such important reform,” Morrisey said.

The money in the bill, nearly $7.5 million, comes from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Fund. Morrisey says the significance is that he worked with the governor and legislature and lawmakers agreed to allocate the money. He says it’s a change from the way the Attorney General’s Office used to work.

“We’re living up to our campaign promises,” the first-term Republican said. “We take the money that comes in and rather than spend it on pet projects, as I see fit, we’re focused on ways to allow the legislature and the governor to make decisions.”

More than half of the $7.5 million is going to the state DHHR and more than $1.6 million to higher education.

AG Morrisey says he is looking forward to taking his office’s portion of the allocation and updating the technology in his office.

“Phones in the attorney general’s office should work,” Morrisey said. “We’ve been relying on a paper-based system. That’s the way the office has been operating for the last 20 years. We’re looking now to utilize the right type of technology, do more in house, and ultimately operate in a more efficient manner.”

Morrisey’s bill didn’t make it before the House of Delegates on the final night of the session. He says he’s thankful the governor and legislative leaders agreed to have it on the special session agenda.

“This is a really positive sign,” Morrisey concluded. “If we can get an agreement on this issue, then I think we can get agreement across the board on issues that really matter to West Virginians.”


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  • Keefe

    Let me see 1.8mill to update technology. Would that be new lan lines,computer,printers,telephone systems (new pbs) ,new phones secure trunk lines. Maintenance and upgrade agreements ? If that is the case yes I can see 1.8 mil just depends on how many people work for him and extensions. I forgot cell phone that is secure that can cost more than the workin man's cell phone agreement.

  • WV Worker

    What kind of "telephone" technology system cost $l.8 millon . Why not give him one of the over priced broadband routers that the state has boxed up in Charleston? I sure that would fix all his problems from phones to computers and save the $1.8 millon for the people. I guess that would be using common sense and we all know Charleston has not common sense , because their brains shuts down when they get elected. USE THE OVER PRICED ROUTERS IN STOCK and people who work with the computers in Charleston put it in we already pay them.

  • Ross Ballard

    We WV consumers are soooo sca-rude now that Morrissey has gutted the Consumer Protection Division. For years 'Business as Usual' was to provide a shield to protect us from unethical business practices by out of state crooks. Mr. Morrissey calls that 'pet projects' from the previous AG. Now all we can do is pray till 2016 and we rid ourselves of this Bernie Madoff wanna be.

  • CaptainQ

    The DHHR will need all the help they can get technology-wise with the welfare ranks growing and child support defaults rising too.