Business owners met with several of our state's lawmakers on Wednesday to talk about the hot topics before this year's session starts in Charleston. The Legislative Luncheon is a way to bridge the gap between those making the laws and the citizens it effects.
By holding the get together, the legislators hope to head to the state's capitol with a better understanding of what their district wants.
"It sort of helps you get that list together, so it's really helpful because you get to hear what are the hot topics, what are the issues, especially with this being the chamber, what is it that the business community here in Randolph County are issues to them. We can hear what they have to say, and know how important they are," said Delegate Denise Campbell, (D)-Randolph.
From the local side, many business owners want to hear from their representatives about the issues they'll address during the year. Many said this lunch helps them understand why lawmakers make the decisions they do.
"The group of people that formed this committee to develop the questions that they're going to ask all of our legislators, they put a lot of time and effort into developing questions that we as business owners are going to want to know the answers to," said Ray LaMora, chamber member.
This is all put together by the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce. They've been holding the get together for several years, all in hopes to help local business owners become exposed to what their representatives will be doing.
"This is really important to us because we want to expose them to what's going on and what legislators are going to be doing in the upcoming session," said Kate Reed, executive director of the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce.
The legislators said events like these helps them to represent their areas better in Charleston.
"When we go back to Charleston, we can take those concerns with us. When we're in committee meetings, and talking to other delegates, and trying to work together, and try to work on legislation that we know our constituents want us to do," said Delegate Campbell.