Are you ready for some football?

For some members of the House of Delegates, the answer Saturday was a resounding “yes,” as the lower chamber held a brief meeting at the rare starting time of 8 a.m.

After a 30-minute floor session, the House called it a day so some season-ticket holders could hit the road for the WVU-Cincinnati contest in Morgantown.

At least one Republican member was openly put off by the move, since each day of a session costs taxpayers some $100,000, excluding expenses.

“If think if we’re here, and going to get paid to do work, we need to be doing the work of the people of the state of West Virginia, rather than just checking in, getting a paycheck, and heading out of town for a football game,” Delegate Patrick Lane, R-Kanawha, said Sunday.

“I love the Mountaineers, but the state of West Virginia deserves a higher priority than the Mountaineers.”

Lane wasn’t sure the House could have put the wraps on this tax-reform special session Saturday, pointing out the Senate-passed bills sought by Gov. Joe Manchin weren’t even on the floor Friday night.

“But I would rather have stayed here and tried to wrap them up and worked through the day, than to simply extend it another day just for the sake of catching the football game,” the delegate said.

“There were a lot of things we could have done yesterday.”

As it turned out, the House Finance Committee spent Sunday afternoon examining the Senate measures before the night floor session.

So, was Saturday blown off at taxpayer expense?

“Pretty much,” Lane added.

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