By Jean Tarbett Hardiman

Courtesy of Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch Dr. Terry Fenger, right, director of Marshall's Forensic Science Center, gives a tour of the digital forensics room to legislators on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at Marshall University Forensic Science Center in Huntington. Courtesy of Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch

It takes some hands-on learning for legislators to be able to make good decisions, said West Virginia Sen. Roman Prezioso of Marion County. That's why he and about 25 other members of the West Virginia Legislature toured the Marshall University Forensic Science Center.

Delegate Meshea Poore, D-Kanawha, and Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, of Subcommittee B of the Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary, joined local legislators Delegate Kelli Sobonya, R-Cabell, and Sen. Evan Jenkins, D-Cabell, and others on the tour to learn more about the center's academic programs and the forensic services it provides to law enforcement within the state and the nation.

With all the data that legislators get from various special interest groups, "These are the things we need to see," said Prezioso, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, who said he applauds what the center is already doing and is glad to know what still needs state support.

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Source: The Herald-Dispatch