The Municipal Association of South Carolina's Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government has released its newest online course "The Freedom of Information Act in SC."

The class is the last of five online courses created for the Municipal Elected Officials Institute giving elected officials increased access to training on a schedule that best suits them.

"With the addition of this online format, elected officials no longer have to wait for the in-person classes to be presented once a year," says Miriam Hair, executive director of the Municipal Association. "This class focusing on the Freedom of Information Act is particularly important for new officials who were just elected in November."

In the online class, officials learn about the state's FOIA requirements, including the release of public documents, proper notice of public meetings and appropriate use of executive sessions. The self-paced class uses a combination of videos, quizzes and reading material. Featured in the FOIA on-demand course are Bill Rogers, executive director, SC Press Association, and Bill Taylor, field services manager, Municipal Association of SC.

In 2013, the Association offered its first credited, on-demand course as part of the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government. Other on-demand courses now available include Basic Budgeting and Municipal Finance, Forms of Municipal Government, Municipal Economic Development and Municipal Governance and Policy.

Established in 1986, the Municipal Elected Officials Institute is a program of the Municipal Association of South Carolina that gives municipal officials a strong foundation in the operation of local government. Though a series of 24 hours of instruction offered in person and online, participants learn about the role of elected officials and administrative staff and the relationships municipal officials have with other local governments, the state and federal government.