- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The House has again passed a major overhaul of South Carolina’s public records law to try and work around the objections of one senator.

The proposal passed 93-1 on Thursday would shorten the amount of time governments have to answer Freedom of Information Act requests and prevent them from charging excessive fees.

It also would create an agency to hear disputes between public bodies and people requesting information.

The House added a Senate proposal to the bill that would make police dashboard camera video available under most public records requests.

Democratic Sen. Margie Bright Matthews of Walterboro has been blocking the overhaul bill, saying it would cost local governments too much money.

The Senate has three days to consider the new bill before the session ends.



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