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Executive sessions for specific purpose
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Around the same time I learned that I had been named to the S.C. Press Association (SCPA) S.C. Freedom of Information Committee, a very important circuit court ruling came down concerning how public bodies -- city and county councils, school boards, commissions -- enter executive sessions. Public bodies, by definition, are supposed to conduct the public’s business in the light of day. However, the S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) correctly identifies certain circumstances under which public bodies may cite exemptions in order to discuss certain things behind closed doors.