Rejecting Legislation By Ambush in W.Va.

A favorite strategy of those who want controversial bills passed – or rejected – by the West Virginia Legislature is to wait until the final day of the regular session, which ends at midnight, to do their dirty work.

Using the chaotic final hours of the session for that purpose amounts to legislation by ambush, however – and West Virginians should not tolerate it.

Lawmakers representing our region owe it to constituents to be on guard against stealth bills and amendments this afternoon and tonight. A good rule of thumb is that if the public has not had an opportunity to weigh in on an important proposal, it probably ought to be tabled.