NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for December 21, 2012

State FOIA Friday News 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:


Sumter newspaper appeals judge’s ruling that autopsy reports are not public records

From The Republic:

SUMTER, S.C. — A Sumter newspaper is appealing a judge's ruling that autopsy reports in South Carolina are not public records.

A lawyer for The Item said the judge was wrong to rule that autopsy reports are medical records that are required to be kept private under state law.


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.



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.