Now that changes to the state’s Freedom of Information Act have taken effect, the S.C.Press Association has updated its FOIA handbook.
The Municipal Association shares
this handbook on its website as a resource for local officials. The updated
version is now available online, and copies will be available to officials attending the upcoming Annual Meeting.
Legislators introduced the bill with the intention of making public
bodies more responsive to records requests. The bill gives the public faster
access to an official ruling when a public body either rejects or otherwise
fails to satisfy a FOIA request. The bill also establishes time frames for the
public bodies receiving those requests. Get details in this earlier blog post.
In May, the Association held a series of conference calls to outline the
changes to FOIA. Two questions came up during the calls that prompted
Association staff to do further research.
The first question focused on how to deal with FOIA requests for
materials submitted to councilmembers from the public during a meeting. The
second related to requests for records that include personal identifying
information. Get details in this earlier blog post.
This recent article in GSA BizWire also gives an overview of the changes.