West Virginia e-mail proposal dies…

Lawmakers have rejected an effort to revise West Virginia’s open records law, defeating a proposal that aimed to open personal emails sent from government accounts to public scrutiny based on the subject matter.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to reject a bill that would define a public record as any written information prepared or received by a public body, if its content or context relates to the conduct of public business.

Earlier this session, the House of Delegates unanimously approved the change. Legislators have sought to revise the definition since a 2009 state Supreme Court ruling found that the state’s records law did not apply to personal emails sent by a sitting justice and a party in a case before the court.

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