|House Industry and Labor Committee
The House Committee on Industry and Labor met Tuesday to consider two pieces of legislation, one that strikes language requiring workers on state-funded construction projects to report certified payroll information to the WV Division of Labor and one that calls for a study of discrepancies in electric meter reading.
House Bill 2441 would amend current statute that requires employers working on publicly funded construction projects to submit payroll information containing their employees’ counties of residence, addresses, and the number of employees working on a given project. The bill would strike this requirement, allowing the WV Division of Labor to get needed compliance information from already conducted spot-checks.
Delegate Geoff Foster, R-Putnam, lead sponsor of the bill, argued that the passage would protect the privacy of the employees working on these sites.
Opponents of the bill, such as Shawn Fluharty, D- Ohio, argued that passage of House Bill 2441 would complicate compliance with the West Virginia Jobs Act, which ensures that public construction projects give employment preference to West Virginia citizens.
Despite heated discussion, House Bill 2441 was approved by the committee, and advanced to the House Committee on the Judiciary for second reference.
The House Committee on Industry and Labor also considered House Concurrent Resolution 25, which requests the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the discrepancy between estimates and actual readings of electrical meters. This is due to widespread state complaints regarding electrical meters. The resolution was passed unanimously with the recommendation that it be adopted but first be referenced to the House Committee on Rules.