Another major dispute has erupted over flood relief in West Virginia.
On Tuesday, June 26, there was a hearing before the joint flooding committee of the West Virginia Legislature.
Delegates and Senators are trying to find out why there have been so many delays in getting flood aid to victims.
Two department of commerce employees were scheduled to testify, but never showed up after resigning from their jobs.
The governor’s lawyer said lawmakers were told in advance, but not everyone agrees.
“On Friday before that, we understood that that issue was being taken off the agenda. And I believe Senator Gaunch did in fact take it off he agenda,” said Brian Abraham, the Governor’s General Counsel.
“It’s just simply not true. I don’t know why he is mistaken about that. But we went into that meeting last Tuesday, thinking that those two people would still be there,” said State Senator Ed Gaunch, a Republican from Kanawha County.
House speaker Tim Armstead also issued a statement saying the comments by the governor’s counsel were not true.
It’s possible the flood committee will issue subpoenas ordering those former employees to testify about the “RISE West Virginia” flood program