Sen. John Unger

2:24 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Democratic Senator Questions Need for DOH Audit

Members of the Senate leadership team meet at the podium to discuss some procedural questions during Wednesday's floor session.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of the Senate voted on Senate Bill 8 Wednesday, authorizing a performance audit of the state Division of Highways. The bill, which was welcomed by the Department of Transportation, met some opposition on the chamber floor. 

DOT Secretary Paul Mattox told members of both House and Senate committees last week he was all for the bill which authorizes an outside organization to come in and audit the ten DOH districts, looking for areas of inefficiency, better practices, and better allocation of funds, among other criteria. 

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WV Legislature
2:27 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Senate Commission Begins Leak Investigation

Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz of the West Virginia Water Research Institute shares his findings with the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources.
Credit Ashton Marra

The Joint Commission on State Water Resources held its first hearing Friday morning as it’s investigates last week’s chemical spill into the Kanawha. This week, they heard from a state water quality expert and a union leader about where the state’s regulations on containment are lacking.

Senate Majority Leader and the Commission’s co-chairman Senator John Unger introduced legislation to manage and protect the state’s water resources Thursday, but Friday, his commission was focused on getting answers about how to prevent spills from happening in the future.

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