CHARLESTON — A House of Delegates candidate who spoke at a Judiciary Committee public hearing Feb. 9 was cut off and escorted from the floor after disobeying the directives of the committee chair and violating House rules of decorum applicable to House proceedings and public hearings.

Lissa Lucas, of Cairo, Ritchie County, is a Democratic candidate for the House 7th District representing Ritchie. She spoke at the public hearing concerning HB 4268, the mineral tract cotenancy bill.

The video record shows that instead of addressing the bill, Lucas began reading names of committee members and listing some of their oil and gas-related campaign donations.

House rules require that a member or a member of the public address the question at hand, avoid personalities and designating House members by name during debate. Delegates have been called for this on the House floor.