Prevailing wage repeal hops to full WV Senate

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislation to repeal the state’s 81-year-old Prevailing Wage Act roared through its only committee assignment in the Senate on Monday, after calls for a jobs impact study, a Fiscal Note on the bill’s financial impact and additional review by the Senate Finance Committee were rejected on party-line votes.

“We don’t want to have the information,” an exasperated Sen. Ron Miller, D-Greenbrier, said afterward. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The bill (HB 4005) advanced to the full Senate after it passed the Senate Government Organization Committee on a party-line 8-6 vote.

Prior to that vote, committee members also rejected, on a voice vote, Miller’s motion to send the bill to the Finance Committee for further review.

He also was shot down in committee and on the Senate floor on motions to demand a Fiscal Note on the bill…

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