Bill strengthening open records law faces hurdle

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:31 p.m.

COLUMBIA -- A bill strengthening the state's open records law has advanced to the Senate floor, but its prospect is dim.The bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee bars public agencies, governments and school districts from charging excessive fees for public records and requires them to respond more quickly. It also removes legislators' exemption from the law. The House passed it last month.Judiciary Committee Chairman Larry Martin said Wednesday while it needs more work, he wanted to get it to the floor.Democratic Sen. Brad Hutto of Orangeburg put a minority report on it, blocking debate in the session's closing days.Hutto said he's not objecting to the public records bill, but is rather part of a game of legislative chess in preventing debate on a private school choice bill.

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