Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement on the passage of House Bill 4351, relating to mine safety.
"Tonight the legislature passed one of the most significant pieces of mine safety legislation in decades," Governor Tomblin said. "As I stated in my State of the State address, making our coal mines safer was one of my top priorities for this legislative session. I worked tirelessly with the legislature to pass wide-ranging mine safety reforms. Our state legislature just unanimously passed a comprehensive mine safety bill. Special thanks to both Speaker Thompson and President Kessler for their dedication to creating safer mines in the Mountain State."