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TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 1-1-1050 SO AS TO REQUIRE LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES, AGENCIES, ORGANIZATIONS, OR INDIVIDUALS THAT RECEIVE, COLLECT, OR SPEND PUBLIC FUNDS DERIVED FROM STATE OR LOCAL TAX REVENUE TO FILE PERIODIC EXPENDITURE REPORTS WITH THE STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY OR AGENCY THAT PROVIDED, COLLECTED, OR SPENT THE PUBLIC FUNDS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Article 15, Chapter 1, Title 1 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 1-1-1050. (A) By no later than July 1, 2012, a nongovernmental entity, agency, or organization, whether for or not-for-profit, which received more than one hundred dollars in county or municipal grants in the previous calendar year, must begin annual submissions of an expenditure report to the jurisdiction awarding the funds. For purposes of this section, 'grants' are those monies derived either from county or municipal tax revenue or appropriated to the jurisdiction by the General Assembly which are awarded, gifted, designated, or contributed by a jurisdiction to an entity, agency, or organization, whether by formula or at the jurisdiction's discretion for any purpose, including revenues distributed pursuant to Section 4-10-970(B). 'Grants' do not include payments for direct services or goods.
(B) The expenditure report must include:
(1) the amount of funds received and the date;
(2) the amount of funds expended and the date;
(3) the purposes for which the funds were expended; and
(4) other information required by the jurisdiction so as to promote transparency and public confidence in how the grantee entities, agencies, and organizations expend the funds.
(C) Unless all or portions of the report may be redacted or exempted pursuant to subsection (D), a county and municipality receiving expenditure reports required by this section shall prominently display the reports on the jurisdiction's Internet website. The reports must be downloadable and maintained for three years. If a jurisdiction does not maintain an Internet website, the register must be maintained on the Internet website of the Comptroller General. Also, a jurisdiction shall display the name and amount of funds awarded to an entity, agency, or organization that has failed to timely submit an expenditure report.
(D) Any information that is expressly prohibited from public disclosure by federal or state law or regulation must be redacted from any posting required by this section. A county or municipality also may exempt disclosure of an expenditure or reimbursement that the jurisdiction determines is reasonable and necessary to exclude. If a jurisdiction excludes an expenditure or reimbursement, the jurisdiction must state in general terms the reasons for the exclusion. The statement must be displayed in the same manner and location as the expenditure report.
(E) To avoid additional expense for county and municipal governments in the implementation of this section, the expenditure reporting must be effected using existing resources with no additional expense to the jurisdiction. The Office of the Comptroller General must be available to county and municipal governments, upon their formal request, to provide technical assistance in meeting the requirements of this section. The Office of the Comptroller General shall not intercede on behalf of jurisdictions unless a formal request is made."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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