Beaufort Co. Council refers open records changes back to executive committee

Beaufort Co. Council refers open records changes back to executive committee
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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - The topic of open records was on the agenda during Monday’s Beaufort County Council meeting.

After consulting with our legal team, WTOC sent a letter of objection to the council attorneys before the meeting about some key items on the proposed open records policies. Specifically, the proposal would make video and audio recorded in any county building off limits for citizens to review, fees for requesting records could increase and documents regarding personnel records could be withheld.

WTOC believes these policies could be harmful to the operation of open government in Beaufort County. WTOC News Director Bari Soash spoke during the public comments portion to share these concerns with councilmembers and the public.

Council was originally scheduled to vote on the resolution but decided not to act on the item and referred it back to executive committee for further review.

Five council members spoke openly about their concerns - a few echoing the talking points presented by Soash – ahead of the decision to refer the proposal back.

WTOC will continue to follow this proposal. Stay with us for updates.

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