"It went from, originally, for it to be either a union representative or a lawyer, and now, as I understand it, it's open to anyone the family chooses, whether it be a pastor or whoever," Tomblin said.
Industry lobbyists had objected to having union representatives on mine fatality investigations at non-union mines.
However, numerous other points appeared unresolved late Wednesday, including a provision that would require a mine operator/owner or the ranking superintendent to sign off on daily mine operations' logbooks.
Industry representatives objected to that requirement, noting that operators and superintendents aren't always on mine sites on a daily basis, Miley said.
The bill initially appeared to be progressing smoothly, after some initial objections from labor over proposed requirements for drug and alcohol testing of miners.
A compromise would need to be reached by Monday, since Feb. 29 is the last day the House of Delegates can act on House bills this session.
The bill would then go on to the Senate, with 10 days remaining in the 2012 regular session.
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