Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 10, 2014

W.Va. Legislature meets briefly amid water use ban


Associated Press

CHARLESTON — A ban on water usage due to a chemical spill didn’t stop the West Virginia Legislature from meeting, if only briefly.

The Senate met for about seven minutes Friday. The House gaveled in and then immediately adjourned.

Lawmakers are scheduled to return to the Capitol in Charleston on Monday.

Senate President Jeff Kessler says he believes it’s important, symbolically, for the Senate to conduct business despite a state of emergency.

House Speaker Tim Miley says it’s difficult to conduct business when you can’t use plumbing, especially for lawmakers from areas outside Charleston who have to stay in hotels.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared the emergency Thursday after the spill inundated the Elk River and a nearby water treatment plant.