Legislative Update: West Virginia

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The House Judiciary Committee endorsed a measure Thursday that would define what that law considers a public record.

The bill says it’s any writing prepared or received by a public body, if its content or context relates to the public’s business.

The legislation responds to a 2009 state Supreme Court ruling. That decision went against FOIA requests by The Associated Press for a justice’s e-mail correspondence.

The committee endorsed a second measure that would exempt certain Division of Juvenile Services records from FOIA. It aims to protect details regarding detention facilities and security policies.

Both bills head to the full House.

 

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