By RUSTY MARKS
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A split West Virginia Senate approved a bill Thursday that would exempt wage information for state contractors under the state Freedom of Information Act.
Senate Bill 474 would keep private certain information about employees hired to work on state construction jobs through the West Virginia Jobs Act. The information would include names and addresses of workers hired and their salaries.
Proponents of the bill say the information is nobody’s business, but those opposed to the legislation say it takes away the ability of the press to check on state contracts and make sure contractors are hiring West Virginians and paying them a reasonable wage.
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