House committee passes bill requiring meeting agendas

COLUMBIA — A House committee approved a bill already passed by the Senate that would require local governments in South Carolina to provide an agenda to the public before their meetings.

The bill passed Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee is in response to a South Carolina Supreme Court ruling last year that an agenda wasn’t required before a county council, city council or other public meeting.

The proposal passed the Senate unanimously in January. It also requires a two-thirds vote for a public body to change an agenda during a meeting.

Supporters say the public should be able to determine what is going to happen in a meeting a day before it starts.

The bill now moves to the House floor.