National Freedom of Information Coalition
Protecting Your Right to Open Government

Legislative Caucuses Don’t Believe FOIA Applies to Them

These days, the S.C. House Republican and Democratic caucuses enjoy the use of rent-free office space in a taxpayer-funded House building on the State House grounds.

That alone would classify those caucuses as a “public body” under the state Freedom of Information Act, according to a 2006 formal opinion issued by then-S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster, who is now, by virtue of his position as lieutenant governor, the Senate president.

Being defined as a “public body” under the FOIA generally requires having open meetings, and allowing the public to inspect and receive copies of records. Continue>>>