CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Following concerns raised by Democratic lawmakers, Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday he will add six additional women to the task force responsible for addressing issues with insurance provided by the Public Employees Insurance Agency.
Justice named the body Thursday, which includes people from the business, education, labor and legislative fields, including Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, House Finance Chair Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha, West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee and American Federation of Teachers President Christine Campbell.
There were only two women on the task force, Campbell and former AFT-West Virginia President Judy Hale.
House of Delegates Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison and Sen. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia, sent letters to Justice asking for additional female representation on the PEIA Task Force. Beach requested three of the women appointed be classrooms teachers and the other three minority members.
Miley also requested adding a current non-education state employee and retired non-education employee to the task force.
“Governor increase PEIA Task Force by six. All women. Thank you Governor Justice,” Beach tweeted after the announcement.
According to a press release, Justice will make the appointments Monday.