If you don’t know what South Carolina House Bill 3931 is, no problem, allow me to give you the CliffsNotes version.
The chambers of commerce of the world, including the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and others in South Carolina want their cake and to eat it too. They want to receive tax dollars. However, they don’t want transparency about how they spend those tax dollars.
After nearly a decade of fighting for transparency, all the way to the steps of the South Carolina Supreme Court, people like Skip Hoagland have been demanding that taxpayer funds be accounted for.
Now, here comes state Rep. Bill Herbkersman of Bluffton, promoting a bill to pass into law that chambers of commerce, and any nonprofit organization for that matter, need not comply with the Freedom of Information Act, even when they are given tax dollars. Why would anyone be a proponent of that?
The South Carolina Supreme Court may soon require compliance with FOIA for such organizations. So, as an “end-around,” Herbkersman and his benefactors want to legislate a new law making it legal for chambers of commerce to hide from the public how tax dollars are spent.
Why do you think they would want that? Read up on H. 3931. Google it. Stop the madness and drain the South Carolina swamp.
Peter M. Buonaiuto Sr.
Hilton Head Island
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