CHARLESTON — A bill was introduced in the House on Friday capping the salary of all attorneys that aren’t licensed to practice law in the state when hired, at $100,000 per year. House Bill 2788 would apply to all state agencies.
Delegate Justin Marcum (D-Mingo, Logan), one of the co-sponsor on the bill, hopes this will deter outside hiring.
“This bill is important to the state of West Virginia because it will encourage our state agencies to look for qualified lawyers in our state. West Virginia is home to many qualified lawyers, we need to look here first, before we start hiring lawyers from out of state,” Marcum said.
Delegate Doug Reynolds (D-Cabell) is the lead sponsor on the bill. Along with Marcum, Delegates Tiffany Lawrence (D-Jefferson), Stephen Skinner (D-Jefferson), Josh Stowers (D-Lincoln), Isaac Sponaugle (D-Pendleton), Doug Skaff (D-Kanawha), Barbara Fleischauer (D-Monongalia), Denise Campbell (D-Randolph), Nancy Guthrie (D-Kanawha), and David Walker (D-Clay) are co-sponsors.