Thousands Request Records During First Year of W. Va. Database

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s public agencies have reported receiving more than 5,000 records requests to the state’s Freedom of Information Act database during its first year.

The database maintained by the Secretary of State’s Office has been available for public use since Jan. 1.

Government agencies are required to submit information requests to the database. They include state agencies, county and city governments, governing boards and commissions and school boards and departments.

They are required to report the date the request was received, the person or entity asking, the subject, whether the request was granted and the reason for any denials.

They are also to report the date requests were completed and any charges for providing information.