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FOI bill limiting charges deserves support by House
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A bill that would allow South Carolinians to get copies of public documents faster and less expensively is heading to the full House of Representatives for consideration. It represents significant progress for open government and would be the first step in improving the state’s Freedom of Information Act since 2003. The bill, H.3235, prohibits public agencies from charging more than the fair market rate for making copies of public documents, prohibits any charge for staff time spent gathering or reproducing the documents, prohibits any charge for records stored electronically and requires that the documents are handed over to the requesting citizen in no more than 30 days.