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Court ruling shows FOIA needs revision
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Two years ago, I applauded a S.C. Court of Appeals ruling that Saluda County Council violated the S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 2008 by adding to an already published agenda for one of its regular meetings. I did so because I, as I believe my fellow journalists do, that a) publishing an agenda provides proper notice to citizens of what a public body intends to consider at its regular meetings, and b) that adding items to an established agenda during a meeting is unfair to those citizens not in attendance who didn’t know about something ahead of time they might have wanted to hear or speak up about. Recently, the S.C. Supreme Court reversed the lower court’s ruling because the FOIA includes the following language concerning meeting agendas: “Agenda, if any (my emphasis), for regularly scheduled meetings must be posted on a bulletin board at the office or meeting place of the public body at least twenty-four hours prior to such meetings.”

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