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Bill Number: 2042 Ratification Number: 58 Act Number 29 Introducing Body: House Subject: Certain records to be confidential - penalties
(A29, R58, H2042)
AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 15 OF TITLE 2, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COUNCIL BY ADDING SECTION 2-15-120 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT RECORDS OF THE STATE REORGANIZATION COMMISSION AND RECORDS OF THE LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COUNCIL EXCEPT FINAL REVIEW AND EVALUATION REPORTS AND FINAL AUDIT REPORTS SHALL BE CONFIDENTIAL EXCEPT PURSUANT TO COURT ORDER; AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Certain records to be confidential - penalties
Section 1. Chapter 15 of Title 2 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 2-15-120. All records of the State Reorganization Commission and the Legislative Audit Council with the exception of its final review and evaluation reports provided for by Section 1-20-10 and its final audit reports provided for by Section 2-15-60 shall be confidential and not subject to public disclosure prior to the publication of the final audit report. The court in determining the extent to which any disclosure of all or any part of a council record is necessary shall impose appropriate safeguards against unauthorized disclosure.
As used in this section, 'records' shall include but not be limited to books, papers, maps, photographs, cards, tapes, recordings or other documentary materials regardless of physical form or characteristics prepared, owned, used, in the possession of or retained by the Legislative Audit Council and the State Reorganization Commission.
Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both, in the discretion of the court. If the person convicted is an officer or employee of the State, he shall be dismissed from office or employment and be ineligible to hold any public office in this State for a period of five years after such conviction."
Section 2. This act shall take effect upon approval by the Governor.