Supporters try to reinforce SC’s Freedom of Information Act

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Advocates for open government say South Carolina’s open records law is being eroded by court decisions, loopholes and government attempts to ignore it.

Again this year, some are trying to strengthen the law and respond to state Supreme Court decisions that appeared to eliminate requirements for county councils and other boards to post agendas of their plans before meetings and for coroners to release autopsy reports.

The session started with powerful legislators calling for changes. Two months after lawmakers returned to Columbia, the bills have made some progress, but are currently stuck in committees.

South Carolina Press Association Executive Director Bill Rogers says legislators won’t be interested in passing them unless the public demands it.

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