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The lawsuit, which was filed in Richland County, was focused on economic development deals that South Carolina officials approved for two companies: Viva Recycling and Giti Tires. But the case is likely to have far broader implications for the way the Department of Commerce operates and the amount of information the agency is required to disclose to the public and members of the media. 

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A new committee could advocate for the state to break up the electric utilities into two distinct groups: companies that own power plants and others that manage the lines that transport electricity to people's homes and businesses. Legislators will also review the idea of giving every power customer in the state the ability to choose which company they buy electricity from. 

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