H. B. 2425
(By Delegate Louisos)
[Introduced January 20, 2003; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section thirteen, article eight,
chapter five-a of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to the
confidentiality of public records as to social security
numbers or other personal and sensitive information.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section thirteen, article eight, chapter five-a of the
code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 8. PUBLIC RECORDS MANAGEMENT AND PRESERVATION ACT.
§5A-8-13. Essential state records -- Confidential records.
(a) When a state record is required by law to be treated in a
confidential manner and is an essential state record, the
administrator in effectuating the purpose of this article with
respect to such state record, shall protect its confidential nature.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the
contrary, any document or copy thereof that becomes a state record
or local record as defined in section three of this article and
which contains a person's social security number or any other
personal information of a sensitive nature, such as driver's or
operator's license number, military service identification number
or the like, shall have the social security number and other
information redacted when the document or copy thereof is presented
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to protect the
confidentiality of social security numbers and other similar
information from being recorded in public records and copies being
made available to the public.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would