W.Va. Supreme Court to hear Nitro FOIA case

Attorneys for the city of Nitro will argue Monday before the West Virginia Supreme Court that a circuit judge erred by not allowing the city to charge $25 an hour to look up information to fulfill Freedom of Information Act requests.

In 2009, the Nitro City Council approved an ordinance charging citizens $25 an hour if it took city officials more than 10 minutes to look up information to comply with FOIA requests. The fee was supposed to compensate the city for the time it took to collect the requested information.

In June 2012, Richard and Lorinda Nease filed a FOIA request asking for copies of a city ordinance, minutes of meetings concerning the ordinance and complaints to the city about storm drainage, according to court documents on file in Kanawha Circuit Court. Continue>>>