West Virginia

c. Text messages.

There have been no reported meetings conducted using text messaging.

a. Arrangements to inspect & copy.

Each "custodian" of records subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act is required to "furnish proper and reasonable opportunities for inspection and examination of the records in his office and reasonable facilities for making memoranda or abstracts therefrom, during the usual business hours, to all persons having occasion to make examination of them." W. Va. Code § 29B-1-3(3).

3. Contents of request for ruling.

(This section is blank. See the point above.)

K. On-line dissemination.

When requested records are transferred to FOIA requesters by e-mail or are downloaded by requesters from a government website, no fees should be assessed as the government body would have incurred no “actual cost of reproduction.”

2. Special or emergency meetings.

(This section is blank. See the subpoints below.)

b. Disclosure of non-confidential source's name

There is no West Virginia caselaw or statute addressing whether a journalist may be deemed to have waived the privilege. Because the privilege is constitutional in nature, it is likely the privilege may never be deemed to have been waived.

1. Time limit.

(This section is blank. See the point above.)

10. Fines.

Section 7 of the Open Meetings Act provides that a knowing and willful violation of the Open Meetings Act by a member of a public or governmental body constitutes a misdemeanor. The Act provides for a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500. For second and subsequent offenses a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1000 may be levied. W. Va. Code §  6-9A-7.