Reference is to the bill as introduced.
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by deleting all after the enacting words and inserting:
/ SECTION 1. Section 30-4-30 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
(a) Any person has a right to inspect
or, copy, or received an electronic
transmission of any public record of a public body, except
as otherwise provided by Section 30-4-40, in accordance with
reasonable rules concerning time and place of access.
(b) The public body may establish and collect fees not to exceed the actual cost of
searching for or making copies of records.
The public body may not charge for staff time associated with
gathering or reproducing the records. Fees charged by a
public body must be uniform for copies of the same record or
document and may not exceed the prevailing commercial rate
for the producing of copies. Copy charges may not apply to
records that are stored or transmitted in an electronic
format. However, members of the General Assembly may
receive copies of records or documents at no charge from public
bodies when their request relates to their legislative duties.
The records must be furnished at the lowest possible cost to the
person requesting the records. Records must be provided in a
form that is both convenient and practical for use by the person
requesting copies of the records concerned, if it is equally
convenient for the public body to provide the records in this
form. Documents may be furnished when appropriate without
charge or at a reduced charge where the agency determines that
waiver or reduction of the fee is in the public interest because
furnishing the information can be considered as primarily
benefiting the general public. Fees may not be charged for
examination and review to determine if the documents are subject
to disclosure. Nothing in this chapter prevents the
custodian of the public records from charging a reasonable
hourly rate for making records available to the public nor
requiring a reasonable deposit of these costs before searching
for or making copies of the records A deposit not to
exceed twenty-five percent of the total cost for reproduction of
the records may be required prior to the public body searching
for or making copies of records.
(c) Each public body, upon written request for records made under this chapter, shall
within as soon as possible but in no more
than fifteen calendar days (excepting
Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays) of the
receipt of any such request notify the person making such
request of its determination and the reasons therefor. Such a
determination shall constitute the final opinion of the public
body as to the public availability of the requested public
record and, if the request is granted, the record must be
furnished or made available for inspection or copying no
later than thirty days (excepting Saturdays, Sundays, and legal
public holidays) from the date of the original request, unless
the records are more than twenty-four months old in which case
the public body may use no more than forty-five additional
calendar days to produce the records. If written
notification of the determination of the public body as to the
availability of the requested public record is neither mailed
nor personally delivered to the person requesting the document
within the fifteen days allowed herein, the request must be
(d) The following records of a public body must be made available for public inspection and copying during the hours of operations of the public body, unless the record is exempt pursuant to Section 30-4-40, without the requestor being required to make a written request to inspect or copy the records when the requestor appears in person:
(1) minutes of the meetings of the public body for the preceding six months;
(2) all reports identified in Section 30-4-50(A)(8) for at least the fourteen-day period before the current day;
(3) documents identifying persons confined in any jail, detention center, or prison for the preceding three months; and
(4) all documents produced by the public body or its agent that were distributed to or reviewed by any member of the public body during a public meeting for the preceding six month period.
(e) A public body can comply with subsection (d) by placing the records in a form that is both convenient and practical for use on a publicly available internet site, provided however that the public body must also produce documents pursuant to this section if requested to do so."
SECTION 2. Section 30-4-40 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 380 of 2006, is further amended to read:
(a) A public body may but is not
required to exempt from disclosure the following information:
(1) Trade secrets, which are defined as unpatented, secret, commercially valuable plans, appliances, formulas, or processes, which are used for the making, preparing, compounding, treating, or processing of articles or materials which are trade commodities obtained from a person and which are generally recognized as confidential and work products, in whole or in part collected or produced for sale or resale, and paid subscriber information. Trade secrets also include, for those public bodies who market services or products in competition with others, feasibility, planning, and marketing studies, marine terminal service and nontariff agreements, and evaluations and other materials which contain references to potential customers, competitive information, or evaluation.
(2) Information of a personal nature where the public disclosure thereof would constitute unreasonable invasion of personal privacy. Information of a personal nature shall include, but not be limited to, information as to gross receipts contained in applications for business licenses and information relating to public records which include the name, address, and telephone number or other such information of an individual or individuals who are handicapped or disabled when the information is requested for person-to-person commercial solicitation of handicapped persons solely by virtue of their handicap. This provision must not be interpreted to restrict access by the public and press to information contained in public records.
(3) Records of law enforcement and public safety agencies not otherwise available by state and federal law that were compiled in the process of detecting and investigating crime if the disclosure of the information would harm the agency by:
(A) disclosing identity of informants not otherwise known;
(B) the premature release of information to be used in a prospective law enforcement action;
(C) disclosing investigatory techniques not otherwise known outside the government;
(D) by endangering the life, health, or property of any person; or
(E) disclosing any contents of intercepted wire, oral, or electronic communications not otherwise disclosed during a trial.
(4) Matters specifically exempted from disclosure by statute or law.
(5) Documents of and documents incidental to proposed contractual arrangements and documents of and documents incidental to proposed sales or purchases of property; however:
(a) these documents are not exempt from disclosure once a contract is entered into or the property is sold or purchased except as otherwise provided in this section;
(b) a contract for the sale or purchase of real estate shall remain exempt from disclosure until the deed is executed, but this exemption applies only to those contracts of sale or purchase where the execution of the deed occurs within twelve months from the date of sale or purchase;
(c) confidential proprietary information provided to a public body for economic development or contract negotiations purposes is not required to be disclosed.
(6) All compensation paid by public bodies except as follows:
(A) For those persons receiving compensation of fifty thousand dollars or more annually, for all part-time employees, for any other persons who are paid honoraria or other compensation for special appearances, performances, or the like, and for employees at the level of agency or department head, the exact compensation of each person or employee;
(B) For classified and unclassified employees, including contract instructional employees, not subject to item (A) above who receive compensation between, but not including, thirty thousand dollars and fifty thousand dollars annually, the compensation level within a range of four thousand dollars, such ranges to commence at thirty thousand dollars and increase in increments of four thousand dollars;
(C) For classified employees not subject to item (A) above who receive compensation of thirty thousand dollars or less annually, the salary schedule showing the compensation range for that classification including longevity steps, where applicable;
(D) For unclassified employees, including contract instructional employees, not subject to item (A) above who receive compensation of thirty thousand dollars or less annually, the compensation level within a range of four thousand dollars, such ranges to commence at two thousand dollars and increase in increments of four thousand dollars.
(E) For purposes of this subsection (6), 'agency head' or 'department head' means any person who has authority and responsibility for any department of any institution, board, commission, council, division, bureau, center, school, hospital, or other facility that is a unit of a public body.
(7) Correspondence or work products of legal counsel for a public body and any other material that would violate attorney-client relationships.
Memoranda, correspondence, and working papers in
the possession of individual members of the General Assembly or
their immediate staffs; however, nothing herein may be construed
as limiting or restricting public access to source documents or
records, factual data or summaries of factual data, papers,
minutes, or reports otherwise considered to be public
information under the provisions of this chapter and not
specifically exempted by any other provisions of this chapter.
correspondence, documents, and working papers relative to
efforts or activities of a public body and of a person or entity
employed by or authorized to act for or on behalf of a public
body to attract business or industry to invest within South
Carolina; however, an incentive agreement made with an industry
or business: (1) requiring the expenditure of public funds or
the transfer of anything of value, (2) reducing the rate or
altering the method of taxation of the business or industry, or
(3) otherwise impacting the offeror fiscally, is not exempt from
(a) the offer to attract an industry or business to invest or locate in the offeror's jurisdiction is accepted by the industry or business to whom the offer was made; and
(b) the public announcement of the project or finalization of any incentive agreement, whichever occurs later.
standards used or to be used by the South Carolina Department of
Revenue for the selection of returns for examination, or data
used or to be used for determining such standards, if the
commission determines that such disclosure would seriously
impair assessment, collection, or enforcement under the tax laws
of this State.
Information relative to the identity of the maker of a
gift to a public body if the maker specifies that his making of
the gift must be anonymous and that his identity must not be
revealed as a condition of making the gift. For the purposes of
this item, 'gift to a public body' includes, but is not limited
to, gifts to any of the state-supported colleges or universities
and museums. With respect to the gifts, only information which
identifies the maker may be exempt from disclosure. If the
maker of any gift or any member of his immediate family has any
business transaction with the recipient of the gift within three
years before or after the gift is made, the identity of the
maker is not exempt from disclosure.
exempt pursuant to Section 9-16-80(B) and 9-16-320(D).
materials, regardless of form, gathered by a public body during
a search to fill an employment position, except that materials
relating to not fewer than the final three applicants under
consideration for a position must be made available for public
inspection and copying. In addition to making available for
public inspection and copying the materials described in this
item, the public body must disclose, upon request, the number of
applicants considered for a position. For the purpose of this
item 'materials relating to not fewer than the final three
applicants' do not include an applicant's income tax returns,
medical records, social security number, or information
otherwise exempt from disclosure by this section.
Data, records, or information of a proprietary nature,
produced or collected by or for faculty or staff of state
institutions of higher education in the conduct of or as a
result of study or research on commercial, scientific,
technical, or scholarly issues, whether sponsored by the
institution alone or in conjunction with a governmental body or
private concern, where the data, records, or information has not
been publicly released, published, copyrighted, or patented.
(B) Any data, records, or information developed, collected, or received by or on behalf of faculty, staff, employees, or students of a state institution of higher education or any public or private entity supporting or participating in the activities of a state institution of higher education in the conduct of or as a result of study or research on medical, scientific, technical, scholarly, or artistic issues, whether sponsored by the institution alone or in conjunction with a governmental body or private entity until the information is published, patented, otherwise publicly disseminated, or released to an agency whereupon the request must be made to the agency. This item applies to, but is not limited to, information provided by participants in research, research notes and data, discoveries, research projects, proposals, methodologies, protocols, and creative works.
(C) The exemptions in this item do not extend to the institution's financial or administrative records.
identity, or information tending to reveal the identity, of any
individual who in good faith makes a complaint or otherwise
discloses information, which alleges a violation or potential
violation of law or regulation, to a state regulatory agency.
exempt pursuant to Sections 59-153-80(B) and 59-153-320(D).
Structural bridge plans or designs unless: (a) the
release is necessary for procurement purposes; or (b) the plans
or designs are the subject of a negligence action, an action set
forth in Section 15-3-530, or an action brought pursuant to
Chapter 78 of Title 15, and the request is made pursuant to a
Photographs, videos, and other visual images, and audio
recordings of and related to the performance of an autopsy,
except that the photographs, videos, images, or recordings may
be viewed and used by the persons identified in Section 17-5-535
for the purposes contemplated or provided for in that section.
investment and other proprietary financial data provided to the
Venture Capital Authority by a designated investor group or an
investor as those terms are defined by Section 11-45-30.
(b) If any public record contains material which is not exempt under subsection (a) of this section, the public body shall separate the exempt and nonexempt material and make the nonexempt material available in accordance with the requirements of this chapter.
(c) Information identified in accordance with the provisions of Section 30-4-45 is exempt from disclosure except as provided therein and pursuant to regulations promulgated in accordance with this chapter. Sections 30-4-30, 30-4-50, and 30-4-100 notwithstanding, no custodian of information subject to the provisions of Section 30-4-45 shall release the information except as provided therein and pursuant to regulations promulgated in accordance with this chapter.
(d) A public body may not disclose a 'privileged communication', 'protected information', or a 'protected identity', as defined in Section 23-50-15 pursuant to a request under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act. These matters may only be disclosed pursuant to the procedures set forth in Section 23-50-45."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.