Sharia Law Bill Correspondence

Teresa Ross filed this request with the West Virginia State Legislature of West Virginia.
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From: Swathi Shanmugasundaram

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act and the West Virginia Open Governmental Proceedings Act, I hereby request the following records:

I am requesting emails and other records of correspondence (including meeting notes, faxes, letters, and memos) sent to or from the following legislative member and their staff members: Del. Moffatt, Nelson, Folk, Azinger, Faircloth

I am only requesting correspondence from the above with the following individuals and organizations:

The Center for Security Policy
Christopher Holton (Vice President of Outreach at CSP)
ACT for America
American Public Policy Alliance
Stephen Gele (President of APPA)

Please limit this request to documents generated between these dates: January 1, 2015 - January 1, 2017

If your email search and retrieval system is better configured for keywords searches, you may also search for emails and other communications that mention the above names (i.e., responsive records would be emails from the above legislators that include the term “Center for Security Policy” or “Christopher Holton”).

If you believe that this request is too broad or if you have questions or suggestions to reduce its burden, please let me know and I’m happy to discuss further.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Swathi Shanmugasundaram

From: Steve Harrison

Dear Swathi Shanmugasundaram:

This is a preliminary response on behalf of the West Virginia House of Delegates to your August 31, 2017 West Virginia Freedom of Information Act request for emails and other records of correspondence (including meeting notes, faxes, letters, and memos) sent to or from the following legislative member and their staff members: Del. Moffatt, Nelson, Folk, Azinger, Faircloth.
With the exception of emails related to a Delegate's official email account, written correspondence (including meeting notes, faxes, letters, and memos) to or from Delegates or electronic communications from other email accounts are not normally maintained by the House of Delegates and the individual Delegate would be the custodian of such records. Please also note that, other than certain leadership positions, most Delegates do not have staff members specifically assigned to them. Most employees are assigned to committees, Clerk's Office, etc. and not to individual Delegates.

We plan to direct the Legislative Automated Systems Division of the Joint Committee on Government & Finance to conduct an automated email search of official House email accounts of the Delegates and former Delegates you listed to determine if there are emails responsive to your request. Based on your email, we plan to have the search the include the following:

-Date Range:
January 1, 2015 - January 1, 2017

-To or from the official email account of:

Former Delegate Michel Moffatt

Former Delegate Larry W. Faircloth

Former Delegate Mike Azinger (*Please confirm if request is for "Mike", who was in House for 82nd Legislature, and not "Tom", who served through 81st Legislature.)

Former Delegate Joshua Nelson (*Please confirm if request is for former Delegate Joshua Nelson or for Delegate Eric Nelson.)

Delegate Michael Folk
-Including at least one of the terms below:

Center for Security Policy
Christopher Holton
ACT for America
American Public Policy Alliance
Stephen Gele
Please respond regarding the " * " above relating to Delegate names and also to confirm the search terms are correct.
Sincerely,

Steve Harrison
Clerk of the House
West Virginia House of Delegates
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East, Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: 304-340-3200

NOTICE: The information contained in this email may be legally privileged and confidential and is for the sole use of the intended recipient. Any use, distribution, transmittal or re-transmittal of information contained in this email by persons who are not intended recipients may be is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and delete all copies.

From: Steve Harrison

Dear Swathi Shanmugasundaram:
I have not received a reply so I'm sending the email below again. Please respond regarding the " * " relating to Delegate names and also to confirm the search terms are correct.
Sincerely,

Steve Harrison
Clerk of the House
West Virginia House of Delegates
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East, Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: 304-340-3200

From: Swathi Shanmugasundaram

Dear Steve Harrison,

I apologize for my delay in response. Yes, I am referring to Delegate Mike Azinger and former Delegate Joshua Nelson.

Thank you for your thorough work.

Sincerely,
Swathi Shanmugasundaram

From: Steve Harrison

Dear Swathi Shanmugasundaram:

Attached are PDFs of emails returned from an automated search conducted by the Legislative Automated Systems Division based on your request.

Please respond to confirm receipt of this email and the attachments.

To the extent that this response may constitute denial of your request, I am obligated to tell you that this completes the duty of the West Virginia House of Delegates to respond to your request. If you believe that this response is improper, you may seek declaratory or injunctive relief in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County.

Sincerely,

Steve Harrison
Clerk of the House
West Virginia House of Delegates
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East, Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: 304-340-3200

From: Swathi Shanmugasundaram

Dear Steve Harrison,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Swathi Shanmugasundaram

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