Welcome, W.Va. Legislature

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — We’re excited to welcome state legislators to North Central West Virginia for their August interim session.

While much of the activity will be at the Bridgeport Conference Center, we’re pleased to see lawmakers will be venturing out to a variety of sites for tours and meetings.

Included on the agenda are tours/meetings at Tygart Lake State Park, United Technical Center, the youth reporting center, Appalachian Forest Products in Buckhannon, the cancer center and neuroscience center at West Virginia University, North Central West Virginia Airport, Pierpont Community & Technical College, Salem Correctional Facility, the FBI Center, the VA Medical Center and state nursing home, MarkWest Energy, the I-79 Technology Park, White Oaks and Charles Pointe developments, as well as several other locations.

We agree with House Speaker Tim Miley’s assessment of the importance of tours to let legislators know the impact of their work.

“Oftentimes, it’s beneficial to have some hands-on exposure to the situation that we are asked to legislate so everyone has a perspective of what it is that might be regulated and, conversely, what shouldn’t be regulated,” the Harrison County Democrat said.

We also think it’s great to have lawmakers from across the state see the positive development that is taking place in our communities.

Much like the recent visit from city leaders for the West Virginia Municipal League Conference, the Legislature’s interim session serves as a great chance to showcase our region.

And the tours appear to target some of the highlights, especially in terms of development efforts…

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