Rule-making review law requires agencies to submit 15 printed copies of each proposed rule change, which requires a lot of paper, he said.
"Sometimes, people come in here with stacks of rules that are, literally, feet thick," Glance said.
Also Thursday, the Ethics Commission ruled that public officials and employees traveling on official business may not accept passes to health clubs or fitness centers from hotels or motels that lack on-site exercise facilities.
The commission voted not to make an exception to a 21-year-old rule that prohibits public employees and officials from accepting a variety of perks and benefits while traveling or attending conferences. In addition to being prohibited from accepting free passes to health clubs, public officials cannot accept free rounds of golf, for example.
At the time the ban was adopted, generally only upscale hotels had health clubs, and they tended to be luxury spas -- not exercise or workout facilities.
Commissioners denied the request from a state agency attorney, who pointed out that most hotels and motels these days either have exercise facilities on-site, or provide guests with passes to nearby fitness centers.
"West Virginia is at the top of the list for obesity and other health problems," the request noted. "The state should be encouraging people to exercise when traveling on government business."
Last month, the commission postponed action on a proposed advisory opinion that would have allowed public officials and employees to accept fitness center passes, after Commissioner Jack Buckalew raised objections.
Buckalew, a former State Police superintendent and state senator, said at the time he does not believe public officials should be forbidden from accepting such "enticements" when traveling on official business.
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