WASHINGTON – Last month, President Trump brought national attention to an issue affecting West Virginia more than any other state – the fentanyl and opioid crisis. By declaring a public health emergency, new resources and support will be coming to West Virginia to help stop drug trafficking and expand treatment for people struggling with addiction.
When a man like Rudy DiTrapano, your legal mentor and friend, lives a full life for 89 years, you're naturally sad but you have an abiding sense of gratitude that he was around so long and so sharp until the very end. But some lives touch you and so many others in such profound ways that their death is especially noteworthy and significant. And you find yourself not willing to say good-bye silently. That’s the case with Rudy. I've got to publicly thank him and pay tribute to his incredible life.
WHEELING – Each state has laws that prohibit the unauthorized practice of law. Generally, these laws restrict the practice of law to lawyers who are licensed by the state. Licensing requirements are not uniform, but they frequently require taking and passing one or more bar examinations and a background investigation as to the fitness of an individual to practice law.
CHARLESTON – As the chief legal officers of our states, myself and other attorneys general are taking action on many fronts to fight the opioid epidemic. We recognize that the devastating cost of addiction demands an unyielding commitment that utilizes every tool at our disposal.
WHEELING – Few things in the practice of law are as frustrating as having a client who needs help, deserves help, and yet can’t get that help. To make matters even worse, more often than not the dilemma is created by the client herself. Allow me to explain.
CHARLESTON – In today's global economy, adequate, efficient and effective infrastructure is one vital component of successful economic development. Economic opportunities are increasingly related to the mobility of people, goods and information.
CHARLESTON – In #AlmostHeaven West Virginia, choosing a favorite season can be next to impossible. Each one seems wilder and more wonderful than the last. Snow-capped winter mountains give way to springtime blooms which transform into the deep and rolling green hills of summertime. But for many of our state’s most devoted fans, one season stands out from the rest. And it’s just around the corner.
CHARLESTON – September 17, 2017, was the 230th anniversary of the U. S. Constitution and an opportunity to celebrate our rights enshrined there. One of the most important is the right to trial by jury.
CHARLESTON – The most challenging war we may need to fight in the future will be in cyberspace. It’s a fight I am preparing for as your Secretary of State.
CHARLESTON – We are in a crisis, one that can only be solved with a great deal of hard work and engagement from citizens across our state. Opioid addiction continues to decimate West Virginia, reducing our workforce, tearing apart families and ultimately, claiming lives day after day.
CHARLESTON – Small and local businesses are a major contributor to the livelihood of local communities across West Virginia. They are often the places we shop with family, celebrate over a meal with good friends, or prepare the car for a long summer beach trip. Unfortunately, many of our small businesses have become a favorite target of abusive lawsuits.
CHARLESTON – Laser focus on election integrity, customer-oriented service for businesses, and protecting our state’s most vulnerable citizens are the core strengths of the Office of the Secretary of State during the first six months of this administration.
MARTINSBURG – According to the Centers for Disease Control, opioid overdose deaths in 2015 killed West Virginians at the rate of 41.5 per 100,000 residents. Lost lives. Shattered families. An estimated millions of dollars in state, county and municipal debt thanks to the highest overdose rate in the country – one that’s three times the national average.
CHARLESTON – Most businesses are reputable, but when a home repair, a vehicle sale or other transaction goes wrong, our office looks out for consumers.
CHARLESTON – Leading up to and following the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia's decision in Leggett v. EQT Production Company, there was much attention given to the fact that newly elected Justice Beth Walker’s husband had held some energy stocks before the Court’s rehearing of the case. In response, Justice Walker notified the court that her husband had divested himself of ownership of shares of stock of any company engaged in the business of producing coal, oil, natural gas, wind, and solar energy.