MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The retooled House of Delegates opened the 2023 session at noon Wednesday. This is the first House in state history with 100 single-member districts.
Voters in November swelled the Republican supermajority to 88-12. And after the usual ceremony, the supermajority swatted down four proposed Democratic amendments to House rules when members took up a resolution to update the guidelines.
Reading House rules – the guidelines for conducting House business – can be mind numbing but these four dealt with public transparency and how bills are debated.
Delegate Rick Griffith, D-Wayne, offered one to keep bill sponsors’ names off of bills (House bills can have up to 11 sponsors)…