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Debate Over W.Va. Public Records Law Continues

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia senator disappointed by a vote that killed efforts to update West Virginia's public records law hopes an interim committee will study the issue and recommend
changes.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a resolution seeking the study Thursday. The same committee voted down a bill the prior day that would have expanded the scope of what is considered a public document.

Legislators have tried to revise the law since a 2009 state Supreme Court ruling found that the records law did not apply to personal emails sent by a sitting justice and a party in a case before the court.

Chair Corey Palumbo says the changes would have provided for more transparent government. He wants to review the entire public records law and consider new legislation next session.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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