SC legislators to consider reopening EMS records

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Records of how emergency medical services respond to calls could again be open to public inspection in South Carolina.

A state Senate panel on Thursday will take up a bill that makes it clear those records are public information.

Sen. Harvey Peeler of Gaffney pushed legislation through several years ago that the state Department of Health and Environmental Control said was needed to comply with federal patient privacy laws.

Peeler now says that legislation went too far by closing access to public records.

South Carolina Press Association Executive Director Bill Rogers says the public has the right to know how emergency medical services perform their taxpayer-supported activities. Rogers says those functions should be treated as openly as police and fire services.

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