Delegates cross a line and lose their House committees

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By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Delegate Pat McGeehan has lost all his committee assignments, and he’s proud of it.

“Because I didn’t vote the way they wanted me to,” McGeehan, R-Hancock, said prior to a floor session in the House of Delegates last week.

McGeehan and Delegate Tony Paynter, R-Wyoming, each received letters this month that they would be removed from their committee assignments.

Each had made several votes against an omnibus education bill during in special session this spring. But what seemed to cinch their committee removals was their votes to table the bill or adjourn the session before ever considering it.