CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two members of the House of Delegates fired back Friday to the criticism of the House leadership to send the chemical tank/water protection bill to three House committees for consideration.

The bill, which is a direct result of the Jan. 9 Elk River chemical spill and resulting nine-county water emergency, passed the state Senate unanimously earlier this week. House Speaker Tim Miley has decided to send the bill through the Health, Judiciary and Finance committees before bringing it to the House floor. Some have questioned the move because many times when bills are triple-committee referenced they die. 


Del. Meesha Poore

Del. Meesha Poore, D-Kanawha,¬†supported Miley’s move during remarks on the House floor Friday.

“It should not be suggested to the public that this body, in any way, is intending not to take action on this issue,” Poore said.

The delegate said the bill has obvious impacts on health care, the judicial system and the state’s finances.

Del. Stephen Skinner, D-Jefferson, also spoke in favor of the proposed path of the bill in the House Friday. He said the people of the state are being put first.

“It is not our job in the house of the people to rubber stamp anything that comes here. Whether it’s from the Senate or from the executive,” Skinner said.

He also pointed out the House is the first to schedule a public hearing on the bill. It’s scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Del. Poore said she’s sure if fellow delegates thought Speaker Miley was trying to kill the bill they would “break down the doors of our speaker.”

The delegate said the legislature only has one chance to get it right.

“There are no do-overs here guys,” Poore said. “The people of West Virginia need their trust to be restored and it starts with this. They don’t want a band-aid they want a cure.”

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  • Pocahontas Man

    trying to find reason not to vote on it.

  • liberty4all

    I am glad the legislature is being deliberative in considering and possibly amending the proposed legislation. Hear from all of those impacted, consider each concern, weigh the interests, and decide.

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Let's get it right, not just "fast". It would be political suicide to kill any legislation addressing the recent crisis. To believe there was a chance of that happening in an election year is just not that thoughtful.

    Finally, it seems a little arrogant that some senators are upset that this legislation wasn't just rubber stamped by the House. It seems more than petty that the Senate placed some bills from the House before 3 committees. Tit for tat. Seems the Senate has some rather large egos to deal with.

    • The bookman

      Seems to happen at the Federal and State level with the egos.


  • Howard

    I like the sound of a public hearing. This happened to the people of West Virginia and the people need to be heard.