FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was enacted to provide direct access to the functions of government to the general public and the press.  Government agencies and public officials have a duty to disclose any public information requested through FOIA unless the information is protected from disclosure by law.

When drafting South Carolina’s FOIA, the General Assembly found the following:

The General Assembly finds 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.  Toward this end, provisions of this chapter must be construed so as to make it possible for citizens, or their representatives, to learn and report fully the activities of their public officials at a minimum cost or delay to the persons seeking access to public documents or meetings.

S.C. Code § 30-4-15.

FOIA Requests:

FOIA requests must be in writing.  A FOIA request can be emailed to FOIA@scag.gov or by mailing a request to the following:

S.C. Attorney General’s Office
FOIA Office
PO Box 11549
Columbia, SC  29211

A FOIA request may also be faxed to 803-734-3677.

 

FOIA Fee Schedule:

$ 19.00 per hour for staff time required for search, retrieval, and redaction of records

$ 0.20 per page of printed copies of records

$ 12.00 per hour for staff time required to transfer public records to electronic format if requested and agreed upon

FOIA laws:

SC Code 30-4-10, et seq.

2017 Amendments to FOIA – 2017 Act No. 67

Additional information about the FOIA:

http://www.scpress.org/foia.html

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