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Morrisey addresses issues in jobs summit at library

Jul. 11, 2013 @ 11:41 PM

HUNTINGTON -- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey brought his "Jobs Summit and Town Hall Meetings" statewide tour to the Tri-State on Thursday evening, meeting with residents in Cabell and Wayne counties.

During a town hall meeting in the Cabell County Library, Morrisey fielded questions and comments from more than 20 residents who asked him about a broad range of topics including the Affordable Healthcare Act, the Environmental Protection Agency and how he planned to make West Virginia more attractive for new businesses.

The tour across the state began in April. It is part of Morrisey's 17-point plan for his first 100 days in office.

After identifying areas of concern from residents, Morrisey said he plans to review state and federal regulations to determine if any improvements can be made.

"I think our economy can benefit from transparency between the attorney general's office and the public," he said. "As public officials, we should be willing to go out there and hear the ideas from the citizens of the state, and we can benefit by getting that input."

While Morrisey said the issues he encountered varied from county to county, one issue that has been consistent in each meeting is prescription drug abuse.

"It's been addressed in every county," he said. "It's something that we really want to focus on, and we have a number of people in our office who are dedicated to a task force and are making it a priority."

He said members of his task force are working with law enforcement agencies and county officials in a "more sophisticated" approach to combating prescription drug abuse.

Cabell County Republican Executive Committee Chairwoman T. Anne See attended the meeting and said she was encouraged by what she heard.

"There was a little bit of everyone here tonight," See said. "Republicans, Democrats and Independents -- everyone was represented. I think that is good for our state. I think, in the past, the state has been so divided, and it is a great thing to have our attorney general come out and to have people from all walks of life want to get involved."

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