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H 3190 - Removes the legislative exemption in the Freedom of Information Act

Tracking Level: Priority
Sponsor: Weston Newton (R)
Last Action: 3/3/2015 - House - Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Corley
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

02.24.2015 The House Judiciary Committee recommitted this bill back to the subcommittee.
02.10.2015 The House Judiciary Committee adjourned debate on this bill.
02.04.2015 The House Judiciary Constitutional Laws subcommittee gave this bill a favorable report.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Removes the existing FOIA exemption for members of the General Assembly and their immediate staff.

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H 3190 General Bill, By Newton, Cole, Anderson, Bales, R.L. Brown, Finlay, Felder, Funderburk, Hart, Knight, Lucas, Murphy, Norman, Norrell, Pope, Putnam, Rivers, Southard, Spires, Tallon, Taylor, Wells, Williams, Willis, Long, Henderson, G.M. Smith, G.R. Smith, McCoy, Clary, Thayer and Corley
Summary: FOIA exemptions
    A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 30-4-40, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, SO AS TO REMOVE EXISTING EXEMPTIONS FOR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THEIR IMMEDIATE STAFF, AND TO INSTEAD ONLY PROVIDE A LIMITED EXEMPTION FOR DRAFTS OF POTENTIAL ORDINANCES, LEGISLATION, AMENDMENTS TO LEGISLATION, AND RELATED DEVELOPMENTAL DOCUMENTS IN THE POSSESSION OF ANY INDIVIDUAL ELECTED OR APPOINTED OFFICIAL OR HIS STAFF; TO PROVIDE AN EXEMPTION FOR WRITTEN OR ELECTRONIC CORRESPONDENCE FROM A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC; AND TO PROVIDE THAT NEITHER OF THESE EXEMPTIONS LIMIT OR RESTRICT PUBLIC ACCESS TO SOURCE DOCUMENTS OR RECORDS, FACTUAL DATA OR SUMMARIES OF FACTUAL DATA, PAPERS, MINUTES, OR REPORTS OTHERWISE CONSIDERED TO BE PUBLIC INFORMATION UNDER THESE PROVISIONS.
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12/18/14House Prefiled
12/18/14House Referred to Committee on Judiciary
01/13/15House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 141)
01/13/15House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 141)
01/21/15House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Thayer
03/03/15House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Corley



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