S.C. Legislator: ‘Without transparency, there is no accountability’

June 7, 2017 11:00 AM

“Sunshine is the best disinfectant,” state Rep. Weston Newton said.

Newton’s comments came this week after the state Legislature voted to amend South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act.

The Bluffton Republican said he is “delighted” that some much-needed changes have been made.

“We’ve been working on this for a number of years,” Newton said.

The act outlines how public bodies, such as state and local governments and school districts, comply with records requests from the public.

Newton said the law as it stood was missing some vital requirements.

“There was no deadline as to when documents had to be produced,” Newton said.

The time to respond to requests has been shortened from 15 to 10 days and there is now a deadline to produce requested information. Read more...