Of course medical records, documents related to pending criminal cases and the like would be protected from prying eyes. There are legitimate reasons to temporarily protect some information.
But the bill makes it very clear that these records are paid for by the public, generated by the public's employees and owned by the public.
"To me, it's very important citizens be able to get
information about what state government is doing," Armstead told the Daily Mail's Zack Harold.
"We don't think something should be exempt from public disclosure just because it's in the form of a letter or a memorandum."
Armstead said that in other states, documents are presumed to be public information unless specifically excluded. West Virginia law currently runs in the opposite direction.
Lawmakers should have no problem passing this bill this year.