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Apr 17, 2023

Court rejects governor’s move to dismiss public records suit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Gov. Kim Reynolds that seeks to require her office to respond to public record requests. The court in a unanimous decision rejected Reynolds’ argument that her office wasn’t obligated to respond in a timely matter to record requests […]

Mar 14, 2018

Dismissal of Lawyers Weekly’s public records suit affirmed

The South Carolina Court of Appeals has affirmed a trial judge’s order dismissing Lawyers Weekly’s public records lawsuit against 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson. The case centered on whether ethical complaints and disciplinary records related to a lawyer’s conduct as a public official should be kept private — a question that the state’s appellate courts […]

May 5, 2017

Public records bill advances, but with Senate opposition

A bill strengthening the public’s access to government records in South Carolina advanced May 2, but a senator’s opposition could again block passage this year. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance to the Senate floor legislation designed to force state and local governments, school districts, law enforcement and other public entities to respond more […]

May 27, 2016

SC House adds dashcam item to public records overhaul bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The House has again passed a major overhaul of South Carolina’s public records law to try and work around the objections of one senator. The proposal passed 93-1 on Thursday would shorten the amount of time governments have to answer Freedom of Information Act requests and prevent them from charging excessive […]

May 19, 2016

Overhaul of SC public records law may be closer to passing

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill that would reduce fees and wait times for documents under South Carolina’s public records law may be closer to passing this year. On Wednesday, a House subcommittee did some swapping to work around a senator who’s been blocking the proposal. The panel took a bill passed by the Senate […]

May 13, 2015

Senate panel hears more testimony over public records bill

COLUMBIA (AP) — A Senate subcommittee has taken more testimony on a bill that would overhaul South Carolina’s open records law. Senators on Wednesday questioned representatives from the South Carolina Bar Association about suggested changes to the proposed Office of Freedom of Information Act, such as to whom conflicts would be appealed. Last week, two […]

Apr 29, 2015

I’m Back: Fight over records in James Brown case returns to trial court

Freelance journalist Sue Summer had her toothbrush and other essentials packed in preparation for the worst. Her bag also contained a gift from her daughter, the memoir “Orange Is The New Black: My Year In a Women’s Prison."

Feb 11, 2015

James Brown public records battle heats up

A Charleston attorney for the woman who claims to be James Brown’s widow is accusing a freelance reporter of being in cahoots with the former trustee of the Godfather of Soul’s estate.

Feb 4, 2015

James Brown estate: The heart of the matter

The part-time reporter and fulltime grandmother covering the messy litigation over James Brown’s estate has been fighting for public records since she began writing for her high school paper.

Dec 20, 2012

Lawmaker tries again to reform FOI law

A state lawmaker is again trying to strengthen South Carolina's public records laws with a proposal that would bar public agencies, governments and school districts from charging excessive fees and require them to respond more quickly to requests.

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