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Jan Vineyard, standing, chairwoman of the West Virginia Business and Industry Council talks with Karen Price, a lobbyist for the West Virginia Manufacturer’s Association, prior to presentation of BIC’s 2009 legislative agenda during a town meeting at the Charleston Marriott on Jan. 22. Del. Carrie Webster (D-Kanawha), chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee, left, was among six legislators attending the meeting. (Photo by Lawrence Smith)
CHARLESTON – Lawmakers attending a luncheon hosted by a business trade group suggested that the softened economy may be good news for their legislative agenda in the short-term and the economic health of the state in the long-run.