Pornographic email investigation: WIS asks for records, gets $30K bill instead

From WIS:  FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC (WIS) – A WIS investigation into allegations that the Fairfield County administrator had disseminated pornography from his tax payer-funded computer has ended with a $29,395 Freedom of Information Act charge.


SC House Speaker dodging WIS open records requests


COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) — Despite state law that says such records are to be kept for four years and two public records requests, one of which delivered directly to the Speaker himself, Bobby Harrell refuses to allow WIS to see his spending records for the previous four years.


SC House to consider proposal to make lawmakers’ records public


COLUMBIA, SC — The S.C. House will consider ending part of the exemption that lawmakers have from the state’s sunshine laws.

The state’s Freedom of Information Act, which outlines the information that public officials and government bodies must make available to the public, currently exempts members of the General Assembly and their staff from disclosing memos, correspondence and working papers.


S.C. House public records bill advances

From The State:

A state House subcommitee approved a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s open records laws Thursday.

Sponsored by state Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, the bill seeks to amend the state’s Freedom of Information Act – the law regulating public records – to curb excessive fees charged those seeking records and ensure those requests are filled in a timely manner.


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.


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.