SC House to consider proposal to make lawmakers’ records public

From myrtlebeachonline.com:

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.

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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.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for November 2, 2012

image of AccessA 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:

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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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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 May 4, 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:

NARA Survey Shows Continued Govt-wide Records Mis-Management

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SC House approves strengthening open records law

From Aiken Standard:

COLUMBIA, S.C.—The South Carolina House approved a bill Thursday strengthening the state's open records law.

The bill approved 101-1 a bill barring public agencies, governments and school districts from charging excessive fees for public records and requiring them to respond more quickly. It also removes legislators' exemption from the law.

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SC House approves strengthening open records law

From HeraldOnline:

The South Carolina House has approved a bill strengthening the state's open records law. The bill approved Thursday limits how much public bodies can charge for copies of documents and requires them to respond more quickly. An amendment also removes legislators' exemption from the law.

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