SC Supreme Court: Regularly scheduled public meetings no longer require agendas
Thursday, June 19, 2014 1:02 AM
A cornerstone of oversight of public bodies was struck down by a unanimous South Carolina Supreme Court ruling Wednesday afternoon.
An opinion written by Acting Justice James Moore said public bodies are allowed to amend their agendas to add decision items and then to act on those items without providing 24 hours notice to the public.
The unanimous opinion went further and said that, for regularly scheduled meetings of public bodies, no agenda was required in the first place. The ruling centered on the court’s interpretation of Section 30-4-80 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, also known as the Freedom of Information Act.
“We conclude FOIA’s notice statute does not require an agenda to be issued for a regularly scheduled meeting, and FOIA contains no prohibition on the amendment of an agenda for a regularly scheduled meeting,” Moore said in the opinion.
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