At the time, Manchin said, he envisioned the employee committees following the model of the Toyota plant in Putnam County, where employees on the assembly line work with management as a team to resolve problems and improve workplace efficiency.
In 2010, Manchin signed an executive order to expand meet-and-consult to all state agencies. But by year's end, Manchin had become a U.S. senator, and then-Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin was acting as governor.
Mallory said he believes the Tomblin administration supports expanding meet-and-consult to all state agencies in due time.
But he said it would be better to have the Legislature enact meet-and-consult as a state law.
"If another administration comes in and doesn't like parts of the system, or doesn't like meet and consult ... everything could go by the wayside," Mallory said.
He also endorsed a recommendation from Delegate Barbara Fleischauer, D-Monongalia, to request that the Legislature receive progress reports and updates from the meet-and-consult committees.
"I think that would be great," Mallory said. "The process has been that recommendations go to the cabinet secretary and they keep things in house."
He said agency heads would probably be more responsive to recommendations from meet-and-consult committees knowing that lawmakers would be reviewing the progress reports.
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