Thursday, May 13, 2010

South Carolina emergency medical service calls are now a public record

"Incident reports, response times and other EMS data are now available to the public under a new law signed Tuesday by Gov. Mark Sanford.

Ratified by both chambers of the state legislature last week, the law repeals provisions of a 2004 law that made access to nearly all operational EMS data off limits to the public.

Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, sponsored the original bill six years ago and introduced the revision in December. He said Tuesday he was proud to see it enacted.
"It's been a long row to hoe ... but we were able to clear up some confusion that had been on the books for the last several years," Peeler said. "It's a giant step forward."

Bill Rogers, executive director of the S.C. Press Association, trumpeted the new law as a victory for government transparency across the state, despite the inclusion of an amendment that keeps confidential the names of first responders"

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