SC officials charged with violating FOIA

 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Three current and one former commissioner of a South Carolina fire district face charges they violated the state's open meetings law by barring a reporter from a meeting.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports Wednesday the Holly Springs Fire and Rescue commissioners are set to appear in court Sept. 21. A judge signed their summonses this week.

Hometown News reporter Jay King says they tried to throw him out of a June meeting and ignored his explanation of the Freedom of Information Act.

Chairman Ryan Phillips acknowledges the board didn't follow the law but says it didn't know the law at the time.

Violating it is a misdemeanor punishable by a $100 fine or up to 30 days in jail on first offense.

The commissioners' recent firing of the chief has divided the community.

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