Update to Bulletin B — Opportunity for Feedback

The height of fashion in 1998.

The year was 1998, Shania Twain was “Still the One,” The Chicks were exposing Texas Country sounds to pop radio audiences, the debate on whether Jack could have fit on the Titanic door gripped the world (and still does to this day), and Bulletin B of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission was updated. What a time to be alive.

Twenty-two years later, music has gotten exceptionally better, I have lost friends to the Titanic debate, and Bulletin B, affectionately known as BB, has not been updated. Well, that will soon change!

Bulletin B outlines the required electronic records standards and procedures for local governments in Texas. Bulletin B will not only undergo an update to older language—some of the language used in 1998 is now obsolete—but will also change to reflect the latest legislative session. For example, in 2019, the 87th legislature of Texas eliminated the requirement for local governments to obtain TSLAC approval to store records electronically.

Bulletin B is unique in that it is a mixture of legislative law and administrative rules. Because of this, the Records Management Assistance Unit at TSLAC is only authorized to update the administrative rules within the bulletin, comprised of sections 7.71-7.79.

Invitation to Provide Input

TSLAC invites you to have a hand in shaping the new Bulletin B as we begin to make changes to the administrative rules.

Use this form to provide your thoughts and ideas on what Bulletin B should include and how it could be changed in order to be up-to-date and efficient for local government use.

Please note:

  • Responses will be accepted between 7/20/2020-8/21/2020.
  • Only comment on what should be updated within sections 7.71-7.79 (Chapter 7) of Bulletin B.
  • We advise opening Bulletin B and the form concurrently for ease of reference and completion.

We are eager for your responses and are excited for this change!

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