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Father remembered

West Virginia House of Delegates Assistant Majority Whip Adam Vance, R-Wyoming, recalled his father died Aug. 1 of lung cancer after being a lifelong smoker in a House floor speech against a bill that would have allowed indoor smoking facilities at certain resort areas. The bill failed in the Senate after the House approved it.

Legislation opponents noted would have increased worker exposure to secondhand smoke failed in the West Virginia Legislature’s 60-day regular session that ended at Saturday’s close.

House Bill 3341 stalled after the House of Delegates passed it Feb. 25 in a 57-33 vote, a much tighter tally than usual for contested legislation in the Republican-supermajority chamber. The bill never advanced past the Senate Government Organization Committee to which it was referred.

Mike Tony covers energy and the environment. He can be reached at 304-348-1236 or Follow @Mike__Tony on Twitter.


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