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Editorial: SB 412 is still a bad idea

Complaints about public money used to pay out-of-state workers on big construction projects prompted West Virginia legislators to insist a few years ago that at least 75 percent of employees in such contracts be residents of our state. An enforcement mechanism requires contractors to submit payroll information including workers’ addresses.

But if a bill in the House of Delegates is enacted, any member of the public curious about the information would struggle to get all the information.

While the House Government Organization Committee, under Chairman Gary Howell,  worked in committee to improve SB 412 — sponsored by Sen. Craig Blair, and already approved by the state Senate in a 23-11 vote — House of Delegates members, who have a good record on the public’s right to know how government is conducting our business, should just say no to SB 412.

There are enough secrets in government already.

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