Legislation Sponsored by Weston Newton (4)

Date of Last Recorded Action: 1/25/2021


H 3190 Removes the legislative exemption in the Freedom of Information Act02.24.2015 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.
Sponsor: Weston Newton House Com: Senate Com:
Status: House - Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Corley Status Date: 3/3/2015
Keywords: FOIA
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H 3191 Creates the Office of Freedom of Information Act Review with in Administrative Law Court03.15.2016 The Senate Judiciary Committee gave this bill a favorable report as amended by the subcommittee. There was a minority report placed on the bill.03.01.2016 The Senate Judiciary Committee carried this bill over.02.16.2016 The Senate Judiciary Committee carried this bill over.02.09.2016 The Senate Judiciary Committee carried this bill over.02.03.2016 A Senate Judiciary subcommittee gave this bill a favorable report with an amendment. The amendment provides that an appeal from the Administrative Law Court automatically halts the the FOIA production requirement. The amendment also clarifies that a public body has the ability to appeal an action to the Office of FOIA review, it adds greater flexibility to the final documentation production time and protects public bodies from FOIA requests that seek personal information for commercial solicitation.01.21.2016 A Senate Judiciary subcommittee met and heard testimony on this bill but did not take action.05.20.2015 A Senate Judiciary subcommittee adjourned debate on this bill.05.13.2015 A Senate Judiciary subcommittee carried this bill over.05.06.2015 A Senate Judiciary subcommittee carried this bill over.02.10.2015 The House Judiciary Committee gave this bill a favorable report with amendments. The amendments set attorney's fees, remove two hours of free time for records retrieval that was included in the previous versions, and specifies that the 30 day production deadline doesn't start running until the 25 percent deposit has been paid by the party submitting a request. 02.04.2015 The House Judiciary Constitutional Laws subcommittee gave this bill a favorable report.Summary of the bill as introduced: Creates the Office of Freedom of Information Act Review within Administrative Law Court and reduces the time in which a public body has to respond to requests from 15 days to ten days.
Sponsor: Weston Newton House Com: Senate Com:
Status: Scrivener's error corrected Status Date: 3/17/2016
Keywords: FOIA Week of 01.18.2016 Week of 02.01.2016 Week of 02.08.2016 Week of 02.15.2016 Week of 02.29.2016 Week of 03.14.2016
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H 3192 Requires an agenda for meetings of a public body02.10.2015 The House Judiciary Committee gave this bill a favorable report with amendments. The amendments added an emergency finding requirement in order to add an item at the time of a meeting and specifies that the requirement only applies when adding an action item.02.04.2015 The House Judiciary Constitutional Laws subcommittee gave this bill a favorable report with amendments. The amendments remove the “irreparable harm” language and allows an agenda to be amended by a 2/3 vote at the beginning of the meeting.Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires an agenda for all meetings of a public body and requires 2/3 of the members of the body present and voting to add an item to the agenda after the meeting begins. The bill also requires that members make a finding that irreparable harm will come to the public if the item is not added after the meeting begins.
Sponsor: Weston Newton House Com: Senate Com:
Status: Senate - Referred to Committee on Judiciary Status Date: 2/18/2015
Keywords: FOIA
Priority
H 4875 Changes language in current law to conform to the previously adopted restructuring bill03.08.2016 The House Judiciary Committee gave this bill a favorable report.03.03.2016 The House Judiciary Constitutional Laws subcommittee gave this bill a favorable report as amended. The amendment removes a section of the bill that was questioned by the Treasurer. Summary of the bill as introduced: Changes language in current law to conform to the restructuring bill.
Sponsor: Weston Newton House Com: Senate Com:
Status: Senate - Referred to Committee on Finance Status Date: 3/17/2016
Keywords: General Governance Week of 02.08.2016 Week of 02.29.2016 Week of 03.07.2016
Of Interest







Municipal Association of South Carolina
1411 Gervais St., PO Box 12109, Columbia, SC 29211
Phone: 803.799.9574, Fax: 803.933.1299, mail@masc.sc