Martin seeking to change FOIA autopsy rules

Following a 2014 decision concerning the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the S.C. Supreme Court, exempting autopsy results from the information available to the public, Sen. Larry Martin is looking to change legislation.

Martin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will also be chair of a subcommittee that will be debating a change to the legislation of record, putting in place measures to insure “the public’s right to information,” albeit with some restrictions applied to protect the privacy of individuals.

Although the Supreme Court’s decision, as the FOIA laws read in South Carolina presently, has made autopsy reports inaccessible, Martin explained the problem began long before 2014. Continue>>>