Reported by: Rachael Tarr
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Jan. 17, 2012 11:45 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 17, 2012 11:50 AM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
A new bi-partisan bill introduced in the House, focuses on mine safety and family involvement in the event of an emergency.
The bill focuses on how to target dangerous mines, and harsher fines for violations, and would allow miners' families to be present when investigative interviews take place after deadly accidents.
Speaker of the House, Rick Thompson, and Delegate Charlene Marshall are among almost a dozen lawmakers who introduced the bill. Both had fathers killed in mine accidents decades ago and have said their families were not informed during the course of the investigations.
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