Moore and Preece added that they felt the bill-writing group should have more citizen and environmental group representatives and that "the meeting should be open to the public."
State law says that public bodies which will make recommendations to governing bodies, such as the Legislature and the administration, must generally be open to the public.
In a related matter on Tuesday, the U.S. Office of Surface Mining said it would delay the release of its final report on a review on mountaintop removal permitting in West Virginia. OSM Director Kathy Karpan said she would delay its release to allow more public comment. The comment period, which had ended Jan. 15, has been extended until Feb. 5, Karpan said. Previously, OSM officials had said a final report might be released before the end of January. The report, issued in draft form in early December, was already four months late.
Also Tuesday, Chief U.S. District Judge Charles Haden II delayed until next week a hearing on the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy's effort to halt a 3,100-acre Arch Coal Inc. mountaintop removal mine in Logan County.
The hearing, originally scheduled for today, will now be held Wednesday.