- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia House of Delegates committee has defeated a bill that would have eliminated a state board of sanitarians.

The House Health and Human Resources Committee rejected the bill Tuesday.

Sanitarians are employed by local health departments and inspect an array of facilities, among them food service establishments, public parks and swimming pools, child-care facilities and on-site wastewater disposal systems. The bill would have eliminated the board that handles the sanitarians, whose oversight would have been transferred elsewhere.

West Virginia board of sanitarians chairman Lloyd White told the committee it “would be a catastrophe” if the board was eliminated. White says the board sets standards for hiring and ongoing training.

Some delegates said the cost savings of eliminating the board would be insignificant.

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