South Carolina Senator opposing FOIA bill accuses open government proponents of bullying

One of South Carolina’s newest senators said Wednesday she is being bullied by proponents of open government.

Two months ago, Sen. Margie Bright Matthews, D-Walterboro, placed a procedural hold on a House of Representatives bill that aims to strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Act. Continue…



S.C. Senate bills seek to fix FOIA

Following this year’s state Supreme Court rulings that dramatically curtailed the public’s ability to follow the actions of public bodies, state senators have introduced legislation that could let some sunshine back in.

The court had said that public bodies, such as city councils, were not required to provide meeting agendas. The justices also ruled that autopsies were exempt from public disclosure because they were private medical records.