Records Storage Standards Update

A proposed new rule for the storage of local government records was posted in the November 2, 2012 issue of the Texas Register.  The proposed rule represents the culmination of a year-long effort of the Local Government Records Storage Task Force to develop storage standards for local governments that meet the requirements of Government Code §441.026 and Local Government Code §203.048.

Formed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) at their meeting in January, the Task Force included representatives from TSLAC as well as the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas, Texas Conference of Urban Counties, Texas Association of Counties, Texas Historical Commission, County and District Clerks Association of Texas, Texas Municipal League, Texas Court Records Preservation Task Force, and State Representative Sarah Davis. The Task Force met over the spring and summer to develop standards that would protect the state’s most important historic records without placing an unreasonable financial burden on local governments.  TSLAC would like to express our sincere gratitude to the members of the Task Force for dedicating their time and effort to this important goal.

Written comments on the proposed rule may be submitted to Sarah Jacobson, Manager, Records Management Assistance, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711; by fax to (512) 936-2306; or by email to sjacobson@tsl.texas.gov.