Last week, Delegate Adam Ebbin introduced legislation to curb the ability of the Attorney General to file civil actions without the request or authorization of the Governor or General Assembly.
This bill will restore the tradition of good and responsible government set by the predecessors of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. In these trying times, with so many important issues before the commonwealth, we cannot afford an Attorney General who is using his office as a platform to unilaterally pursue political-motivated ends.
Instead of focusing on enforcing consumer protection laws and making sure Virginia is the safest state in the country to raise a family, the Attorney General is devoting taxpayer dollars and scarce government resources to pursue symbolic lawsuits and other civil actions that serve only to promote his own agenda and political career. This bill sends a clear message from the people of Virginia: not in our name, and not with our money.
My legislation specifies that the Attorney General may not file amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the Commonwealth or represent the state in matters before the federal government unless requested or authorized to do so by the Governor or legislature. Under the Virginia Constitution, the legislature is explicitly empowered to limit the duties of the Attorney General in this manner.
The Attorney General doesn’t act alone-he acts on our behalf and in our name. Like any employee of the state, Attorney General Cuccinelli must be accountable to the taxpayers. My bill allows the Governor to oversee the Attorney General’s expenditures and protects the Commonwealth’s budget by ensuring that the people’s money is spent doing the people’s work.