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Sponsors: Senator Knotts
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 496, 3407
Introduced in the Senate on January 31, 2007
Introduced in the House on March 13, 2007
Adopted by the General Assembly on March 20, 2007
Summary: Freedom of Information Act
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/31/2007 Senate Introduced SJ-8 1/31/2007 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary SJ-8 2/12/2007 Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Martin (ch), Malloy, Campsen, Williams 3/7/2007 Senate Committee report: Favorable Judiciary SJ-22 3/8/2007 Senate Adopted, sent to House SJ-39 3/13/2007 House Introduced HJ-43 3/13/2007 House Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions HJ-44 3/14/2007 House Committee report: Favorable Invitations and Memorial Resolutions HJ-2 3/20/2007 House Adopted, returned to Senate with concurrence HJ-31
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
March 14, 2007
S. Printed 3/14/07--H.
Read the first time March 13, 2007.
To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (S. 358) to reaffirm the General Assembly's commitment to open government in South Carolina; to recognize the role played by the Freedom of Information Act in open government, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
ROBERT W. LEACH, SR. for Committee.
TO REAFFIRM THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S COMMITMENT TO OPEN GOVERNMENT IN SOUTH CAROLINA; TO RECOGNIZE THE ROLE PLAYED BY THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT IN OPEN GOVERNMENT AND TO EXPRESS APPRECIATION TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA PRESS ASSOCIATION FOR ITS ROLE IN PROMOTING OPEN GOVERNMENT; TO DECLARE MARCH 11, 2007, AS "SUNSHINE SUNDAY" AND MARCH 11-17, 2007, AS "OPEN GOVERNMENT WEEK IN SOUTH CAROLINA" AND TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION IN THESE ACTIVITIES COMMEMORATING OUR OPEN, DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT.
Whereas, the General Assembly has declared in the Freedom of Information Act "...that it is vital in a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner so that citizens shall be advised of the performance of public officials and of the decisions that are reached in public activity and in the formulation of public policy..."; and
Whereas, the Freedom of Information Act was enacted in 1978 and has provided a means whereby citizens and their representatives may learn and report fully the activities of their public officials at a minimum cost or delay; and
Whereas, the courts of South Carolina have consistently recognized that the purpose of the General Assembly in adopting the Freedom of Information Act was to prevent secret government action at all levels of government in this State; and
Whereas, the South Carolina Press Association is sponsoring and promoting Sunday, March 11, 2007, as "Sunshine Sunday" and March 11-17, 2007, as "Open Government Week in South Carolina"; and
Whereas, it is proper and fitting for the members of the General Assembly to pause in their deliberations to salute open government in South Carolina and to recognize the South Carolina Press Association for its important role in promoting open government. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly, by this resolution, reaffirm their commitment to open government, recognize the importance of the Freedom of Information Act in accomplishing open government, and express appreciation to the South Carolina Press Association for its important role in promoting open government.
Be it further resolved that Sunday, March 11, 2007, is declared "Sunshine Sunday" and March 11-17, 2007, as "Open Government Week in South Carolina" and that all citizens are encouraged to participate in activities commemorating our open, democratic government and that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the South Carolina Press Association.
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