A proposed new rule for the storage of local government records has been posted in the November 4, 2011 issue of the Texas Register. The new rule establishes minimum, recommended, and optimal storage conditions for historic court records and permanent records held by local governments.
House Bill 1559, which was signed into law on May 30, 2011, requires the Texas State Library to adopt rules for storage of court records created or received before January 1, 1951. Additionally, Local Government Code §203.048 requires the Texas State Library to adopt rules for the storage of records of permanent value. The proposed rule meets the requirements of both these laws.
These new rules will help to ensure that valuable historic records will remain available for future generations of Texans.
Written comments on the proposed changes may be submitted to Michael Reagor, Government Information Analyst, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711; by fax to (512) 936-2306; or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.