I. STATUTE -- BASIC APPLICATION

The Freedom of Information Act's declaration of policy, which is quoted in the Foreword, is the only indication of the legislative intent underlying the statute. There is no recorded legislative history relating to either the statute's original enactment in 1977 or its subsequent amendments. However, the state Supreme Court of Appeals has quoted the FOIA policy declaration repeatedly in its opinions. Daily Gazette v. W. Va. Development Office, supra; Ogden Newspapers v. City of Charleston, 192 W. Va. 648, 453 S.E.2d 631 (1994). West Virginia's Supreme Court has mandated "the fullest possible disclosure" of information concerning government. Hechler v. Casey, 333 S.E.2d at 808.