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July 17, 2014

MORNING BUZZ: Two strikes against openness in government + Sheheen allies hit Haley

Chairman James Burns of the S.C. State Ethics Commission placed limits on who in that agency can talk to the press at the commission’s meeting Wednesday. But media watchdogs said the chairman, in announcing the new policy, violated a law that requires public bodies to make decisions by making motions and taking votes. Burns said he consulted with the agency’s director, the policy-maker at the agency, about making the new rule until a permanent policy is put in place. Burns said the change was not about limiting the media’s access to the agency.

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