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.

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Father of Crash Victim Says Investigation Records Withheld

From Southern Political Report:

September 18, 2012 — COLUMBIA — The father of a 20-year-old man who was killed in a car accident in 2005 is still pressing for answers.

L. Paul Trask, Jr. has accused state and local officials of violating the state Freedom of Information Act and South Carolina Public Records Act when he sought documents from the investigation of the death of his son.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for September 14, 2012

A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:

Indiana jail records coming to smartphones

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South Carolina’s FOIA case delayed, given to new judge

From Independent Mail:

ANDERSON — Rick Freemantle’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against Anderson County has been delayed and will be assigned to a new judge.

The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled June 27 that the Upstate resident and former Anderson County Council candidate has legal standing under the state’s Freedom of Information Act to proceed with his lawsuit against the county and its former administrator, Joey Preston.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for July 13, 2012

A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:

ACLU sues over attorney general's refusal to release records

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey has filed a lawsuit arguing that the state Attorney General's Office is breaking the law by refusing to release records concerning topics ranging from state police overtime to investigative procedures.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for June 29, 2012

A few state FOIA and local and Federal open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:

NM court limits executive privilege in IPRA case

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for June 22, 2012

A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:

Judge’s ruling confirms Nevada public records are public

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