"In no event shall the aggregate contingency fee for any legal matter exceed $50 million," the proposed policy says.
The policy also requires that attorneys or law firms selected for state jobs "work under the direct supervision of the Attorney General's Office."
Morrisey's office won't hire private lawyers unless it's determined that the hiring is "both cost-effective and in the interest of the public," according to the policy.
New rules also mandate that outside lawyers keep more detailed records about their time spent working for the state.
Morrisey is soliciting public comment on the new policy for the next 45 days. His office plans to review comments and start taking steps to implement the change April 15.
Morrisey said he wants to hear from as many lawyers as possible. A copy of the policy is available at www.wvago.gov/outsidecounsel.cfm.
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.