"We want to work in a collaborative role with everyone," he said. "We definitely have a role to play -- an important role to play."
Morrisey declined to say Thursday what possible legal actions could be taken against the company by his office.
"We're looking at a wide variety of options," he said. "We're trying to get to the bottom of things. We want to separate myth from the facts."
Also during the budget presentation to the Finance Committee, Morrisey:
| Reiterated a call to expand legislative audits of state agencies. He cited recent audits of the attorney general's office, which found lack of internal controls and improper co-mingling of consumer protection funds; and of the Department of Agriculture, which raised issues of mismanagement of a $5 million revolving loan fund.
"I think we can find an enormous amount of waste if we went through these state agencies," he said, adding that the legislative auditor's office does not have enough staff to comply with a mandate to audit agencies every two years.
| Got into a lengthy exchange with Sen. Erik Wells, D-Kanawha, regarding his review of regulations for clinics in the state that perform abortions.
"West Virginia law permits abortions to be performed up to birth. That's not a myth -- that's a fact," Morrisey said. "That doesn't mean every single clinic or entity is doing it, but it is allowed under the law.""You can make that statement, but I'd like to see the facts," Wells replied.
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