House Republicans want the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a coalition of news outlets including The Associated Press seeking access to records involving a South Carolina political consultant charged in a growing probe of possible Statehouse corruption.

A judge is hearing arguments Wednesday from the state House Republican Caucus on why the suit should be dismissed.

The lawsuit filed earlier this year asks a judge to declare that the caucus is a public body subject to the state's Freedom of Information Act. As such, the suit argues, the caucus should make its records and meetings public.

The caucus denied a request to view payment records to the firms of Richard Quinn and his son, former House Majority Leader Rick Quinn. Both have been charged in an ongoing corruption probe.