Wells said that would give individual legislators more opportunity to pursue jobs impact studies for projects in their districts, while still limiting the total number of requests.
"I would like to have an avenue where at least more than one person is involved in the process," he said.
Several senators questioned whether the expanded panels were necessary, saying they believe the president or speaker would be receptive to requests from members of either party.
However, Sen. Chris Walters, R-Putnam, noted that bipartisan cooperation isn't always the reality, particularly in the House.
"If you think they are as collegial in the House, you did not watch the magistrate bill debate," Walters noted, referring to a partisan fight earlier in the session to give pay raises to 48 magistrates and staffs from smaller counties (HB2434).
The jobs impact bill goes to Senate Finance.
Also Wednesday, the committee advanced a Tomblin bill (SB182) to reduce the total amount of tax credits available for motion picture or television productions filmed in the state from $10 million a year to $5 million.
It was noted Wednesday that total credits claimed under the Film Industry Investment Act have never exceeded $3.5 million in any year.
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