Legislature on the road for meetings, tours

BRIDGEPORT (AP) — About 120 miles from the Capitol in Charleston, state lawmakers are hopping on school buses to take north-central West Virginia field trips.

At day one of August interim meetings, officials visited spots like a regional airport, a cancer institute and a youth reporting center Monday.

Lawmakers are meeting at the Bridgeport Convention Center this week. Their tours take them along Interstate 79 in Harrison, Marion and Monongalia counties.

House Speaker Tim Miley says the trip will give lawmakers a better understanding of the thriving region, especially the oil and gas boom. Miley is a Harrison County Democrat.

Tours of a local natural gas well site, FBI center, winery and correctional facility are among those on Tuesday and Wednesday agendas.

Last June’s interim meetings were in Wheeling.

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