An opinion from the South Carolina Attorney General’s office states that an elected official can be removed from a public meeting for disruptive behavior. Such an action would have to be done “with considerable caution.”
An earlier opinion stated that no such action could be taken.
The new opinion came after a request by the Municipal Association of South Carolina that the AG review state statues. In the past the association has advised local governments that an elected official could be removed as a disciplinary action, citing state statutes.
According to the Free Times of Columbia, the opinion follows an effort by the Irmo mayor and some council members to seek a way to stop Councilman Barry Walker from what they consider disruptive behavior at council meetings. Walker is often at odds with Mayor Hardy King over council procedures.
The opinion appears to side with the association’s advisories.