Legislators Exempt Themselves from Sunshine Law

No Sunshine in the General Assembly

When it comes to releasing public emails and other internal communications, the governor’s office isn’t the only place that likes to play secrecy games.

In fact, for more than 30 years, state law has shielded the S.C. General Assembly from releasing documents showing what it does behind the scenes.

The Nerve got a first taste of the special exemption in early November 2009 when it sent open-records requests to state legislative leaders asking them for all written communications, including emails and text messages, on an incentives bill to bring a Boeing aircraft assembly plant to North Charleston.

The legislation unanimously passed both chambers  less than two weeks earlier in a rare, special session – with little public discussion.

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About Talbert Black

Talbert Black Jr is the founder of Palmetto Liberty PAC. His education in state politics & citizen lobbying began in 1999 with his membership in GrassRoots GunRights SC. In 2008 he joined the Campaign for Liberty and within a year he was the Interim State Coordinator for South Carolina. His goal for Palmetto Liberty PAC is to change to composition of South Carolina’s General Assembly so that it consistently supports conservative principles.

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