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Introduced in the Senate on January 12, 2021
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Local Government provisions
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/9/2020 Senate Prefiled 12/9/2020 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary 1/12/2021 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 289) 1/12/2021 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 289)
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TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, TITLE 6 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO SPECIAL PURPOSE DISTRICTS AND OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS, BY ADDING ARTICLE 21, TO PROVIDE THAT A COUNTY, MUNICIPALITY, OR SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL POST CERTAIN INFORMATION ON ITS WEBSITE AND DEVELOP, MAINTAIN, AND MAKE PUBLIC A CERTAIN WEBSITE DATABASE, AND TO REQUIRE THAT THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE BE EASILY ACCESSIBLE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 1, Title 6 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 6-1-2110. A county, municipality, or school district shall post on its website for the current calendar year, and the four years immediately before that calendar year, the following information:
(1) the contact information, including the phone numbers and email addresses, for all elected and appointed officials, the freedom of information officer, the chief administrator, and the head administrator for each department;
(2) the agendas of all regular meetings, which must be posted at least seventy-two hours before a meeting. The agenda of all special or emergency meetings must be posted at least twenty-four hours before a meeting. The posting must indicate if the agendas are in draft form. The minutes from any regular or special meeting must be posted within seventy-two hours of approval;
(3) in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, the procedure for requesting information from the county, municipality, or school district;
(4) the annual budget ordinances and appropriation ordinances;
(5) the ordinances under which the county, municipality, or school district operates;
(6) the procedures required to apply for building permits and zoning variances;
(7) any budget, financial audit, audit schedule, or special project report, including, without limitation, the comprehensive annual financial report, performance audits, and reports required by law. All reports must include the following:
(a) all actual revenues and expenditures for at least the three previous fiscal years. Any report focusing on any subset of the total should specify that only partial amounts are shown and should identify the total amount and the nature of items not included in the report;
(b) revenues broken out by source, including the broad categories of local, state, and federal tax dollars;
(c) expenditures separated into current operating, capital, and debt service; and
(d) expenditure summaries for a county or municipality that reflect the calculation for each resident, for comparison to other governmental bodies. For schools, a calculation for each pupil must be made based on full-time equivalent enrollment;
(8) a detailed list of the total compensation paid to each employee, including wages, salary, overtime, and benefits, including health, dental, life, and pension;
(9) each contract with a lobbying firm hired by the county, municipality, or school district, along with the lobbying firm's name and the amount of money paid to the lobbying firm by the county, municipality, or school district;
(10) a detailed list of the taxes and fees imposed by the county, municipality, or school district;
(11) the ordinances and rules governing the award of all bids and contracts for purchase in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars or more;
(12) all bids and contracts for purchase in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars or more;
(13) all campaign contributions made by a vendor to an official of the county, municipality, or school district; and
(14) searchable expenditure and revenue website databases.
Section 6-1-2120. (A) Each county, municipality, or school district shall develop, maintain, and make publicly available a single, searchable expenditure and revenue website database that allows the public, at no cost, to review information concerning monies collected and expended by the county, municipality, or school district.
(B) The website database shall include the following data concerning all expenditures made by the county, municipality, or school district:
(1) the name and principal location or address of the entity receiving monies, except that information concerning a payment to an employee of the county, municipality, or school district shall identify the individual employee by name and business address or location only;
(2) the amount of money expended;
(3) the funding source of the money expended;
(4) the date of the expenditure;
(5) the name of the budget program, activity, or category supporting the expenditure;
(6) a description of the purpose of the expenditure; and
(7) a unique identifier for each expenditure, to the extent possible.
(C) Expenditure data must be provided in an open-structured data format that:
(1) may be downloaded by the user; and
(2) allows the user to systematically sort, search, and access all data.
(D) The website database must contain only information that is a public record or that is not confidential or otherwise protected from public disclosure pursuant to state or federal law.
(E) The county, municipality, or school district shall:
(1) update the financial data contained on the website database at least monthly;
(2) archive the financial data, which must remain accessible and searchable on the website database;
(3) make the website database easily accessible from the main page of the county, municipality, or school district's website; and
(4) create and make easily accessible an automated Rich Site Summary (RSS) feed to which users of the website database may subscribe for notification of updates to the website database.
Section 6-1-2130. (A) The information required to be posted pursuant to Section 6-1-2110 must be easily accessible from the county's, municipality's, or school district's home page and must be searchable.
(B) The postings required by this article are in addition to any other posting requirements required by law or ordinance.
(C) If a county, municipality, or school district fails to comply with this article, then any citizen who is a resident of the offending county, municipality, or school district may file suit in the circuit court for the county where the county, municipality, or school district is located. The citizen may bring a mandamus or injunction action to compel the county, municipality, or school district to comply with the requirements set forth in this article. The court may impose any penalty or other sanction as it deems appropriate. The court, in its discretion, may also award to a citizen bringing an action reasonable attorneys' fees and costs."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor. The website databases required by Section 6-1-2120, as added by this act, must be fully operational on or before January 1, 2022.
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