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2. Legislative bodies.

Records of legislative bodies are subject to the FOIA to the same extent as records of any other public body. In Common Cause of West Virginia v. Tomblin, 186 W. Va. 537, 413 S.E.2d 358 (1991), the state Supreme Court invalidated the process by which the Legislature's Conferees Committee on the Budget traditionally prepared an informal but influential budget "digest" setting forth its view of the specific purposes for which general appropriations should be used.

A. Fair trial rights

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b. Notice requirements.

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a. Individual agencies.

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b. Duplication.

Utilizing the principles of statutory interpretation and the case law set forth above, the most cogent view of the language of Section 29B-1-3 (5) is that it clearly and unambiguously states that “[t]he public body may establish fees reasonably calculated to reimburse it for its actual cost in making reproductions of records.”(emphasis added). This language permits of only one reasonable interpretation. A public body may charge fees to reimburse only its actual costs in copying records.

E. Confidential and/or non-confidential information

The Hudok court concluded that the reporters' qualified privilege applied equally to both confidential and non-confidential information obtained by the reporter in his/her newsgathering role.