S.C. state agencies gouging public with FOIA fees?

From The Nerve:

If you ask the S.C. Department of Commerce for a copy of an incentives agreement with a company locating in the state, you could get charged a $45 hourly “administrative” fee on top of copy costs under the state's open-records law.

At the state Department of Motor Vehicles, certain Freedom of Information Act requests could cost you $110 per hour in “programming” fees.


The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C., recently ranked South Carolina as the worst state in the nation in terms of access to public information.