SC senators to discuss open records in autopsies and agendas

SC senators to discuss open records in autopsies and agendas

By JEFFREY COLLINS

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Several state senators are meeting to discuss changes to South Carolina's open records law after a pair of state Supreme Court rulings last year restricted information that had commonly been public.

The justices ruled in 2014 that autopsy reports were not public records and that county and city councils and other local boards were not required to release a list of items to be discusses at their meetings.

A Senate subcommittee will take up two bills at a meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday. One bill would make public any reports used or prepared by a coroner about the cause of death for someone. The second bill would require an agenda before a public board meets and a two-thirds vote to add anything to that agenda.

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