Conflict of Interest Does Exist in Attempted Repeal of Sheet Metal Bill in West Virginia

Following up from yesterday’s Government Affairs post – “Republicans Continue to Take Away Safety from Hardworking West Virginians” – one of the Republican lawmakers looking to repeal all state laws that regulate HVAC technicians seems to have a conflict of interest in the matter.

Delegate Eric Householder, R-Berkeley, one of the most outspoken proponents of the appeal, owns an HVAC business in the Eastern Panhandle. He has expressed doubts that his workers would be able to pass the test now required by law for technicians following the 2012 death of guest at South Charleston hotel from carbon monoxide poisoning. The new laws were put into place to protect the public from unsafe, substandard HVAC work.

Delegate Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, said Householder has no business advocating for a bill that repeals HVAC regulation, states an article posted yesterday in The Charleston Gazette.

“Just looking at the bill, it doesn’t pass the smell test,” Fluharty said. “To have somebody to come in here and try to repeal a law about public safety, while they’re going to benefit from the repeal, I think that’s an injustice. We shouldn’t be here for personal gain and put personal profit over the people.”

Read the full article here.

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