That means 63 of 100 members should have a pretty good understanding of bill, and will have had at least one opportunity to offer amendments, before it gets to the full House.
Rule of thumb: The more time that committees spend working on a bill, the less time that's taken up with floor amendments and floor debates.
Common sense suggests it is not prudent to yell formaldehyde in a crowded committee room without irrefutable evidence of imminent health risk.
Unfortunately, most of us didn't take organic chemistry, and cannot independently assess claims -- positive or negative -- about the quality of our water supply.
However, the reality is the public does not believe or trust any findings coming from state agencies or West Virginia American Water, and the Tomblin administration has done a poor job of building that trust.
(It might have helped if, instead of saying, "It's your decision," when asked if the water was safe to drink, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin had poured himself a tall glass of tap water and consumed it on camera.)
I'm beginning to think the region will become like parts of Europe, where people simply refuse to drink tap water, even though it's perfectly potable.
Finally, to close on a note about someone with common sense (and book sense), congratulations to former state Democratic political operative and current Wetzel County attorney and author Cody Corliss for getting published in the new issue of the Michigan State International Law Review.
His article: "Truth Commissions and the Limits of Restorative Justice: Lessons Learned in South Africa's Cradock Four Case."
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.