Delegate Doug Reynolds, vice chairman of the Finance Committee, said that Morrisey controlled the settlement money.
"In recent settlement agreements drafted by the attorney general, he allowed himself discretion as to how the monies recovered were to be spent," Reynolds said in the news release. "We, as members of this legislative body, are the ones held accountable for the appropriation of monies that are recovered for the benefit of the taxpayer."
Ryan did not directly address how the First Premier settlement money was spent but referenced a bill passed last spring that established a new system for managing settlement money.
That bill gave the Attorney General's Office a three-year operating allowance to fund its Consumer Protection Division, and said that any money above that allowance would be returned to the state's General Fund.
Miley also announced that he wants to evaluate a loan program within the troubled Agriculture Department, reform the government's purchasing practices and make it easier for whistleblowers to come forward.
Delegate Tim Armstead, the Republican minority leader, said that government accountability has been on the Republican agenda for years and that he was pleased Democrats were "now willing to work with us on these issues.
"We have had a long line within the Democratic Party of election violations in Southern West Virginia, questions regarding purchasing of routers and now this series of questions relating to the former commissioner of Agriculture," Armstead said. "They need to make this a priority."
Democratic Delegate David Walker, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said in the news release that the legislature needs to consider restructuring or eliminating the Department of Agriculture's Rural Rehabilitation Loan program and other similar programs.
He did not specify why, but a legislative audit announced last week that there were "very troubling activities and management practices" found in the department under former Commissioner Gus Douglass.
A bill on purchasing reform would take unspecified measures to make state purchasing more transparent and to give state government more power to police the bidding and purchasing practices of local governments.
The whistleblower legislation would let people "initiate legal action" if they report perceived wrongdoing but cannot get the government to take action.
Although much of the platform specifically targets Morrisey, Miley said that he believed that both Democrats and Republicans would support the issues.
"While Democrats can point to criminal activity within the Republican Party such as that of Arch Moore while he was governor of West Virginia, Republicans can point to the criminal activities of elected Democrat officials in Mingo County," the release said.
Ryan, Morrisey's spokeswoman, accused Miley of partisanship.
"Our Office has been aggressive in fighting for the interests of West Virginians by filing court cases, briefs and letters opposing steps the EPA has taken to strangle our economy, as well as highlighting the woes and problems created by the Affordable Care Act," she wrote. "House Democrats can no longer walk lockstep with President Obama as the West Virginia economy continues to suffer."
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