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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions in the Archives and Records Service chapter and in the
10 Government Records Access and Management Act.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . adds a title section for the Archives and Records Service chapter;
14 . provides definitions;
15 . modifies language to comply with standardized definitions;
16 . provides that intentional and knowing destruction or mutilation of the record-copy
17 of a record in violation of a retention schedule is a class B misdemeanor;
18 . provides cross references between the Archives and Records Service chapter and
19 the Government Records Access and Management Act;
20 . clarifies that an employee of a governmental entity may be disciplined or fired for
21 intentionally and knowingly destroying or mutilating a record in violation of a
22 retention schedule; and
23 . makes technical changes.
24 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
26 Other Special Clauses:
28 Utah Code Sections Affected:
30 63A-12-105, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
31 63G-2-803, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
32 63G-2-804, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
34 63A-12-100, Utah Code Annotated 1953
36 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
37 Section 1. Section 63A-12-100 is enacted to read:
39 63A-12-100. Title -- Definitions.
40 (1) This chapter is known as "Archives and Records Service."
41 (2) As used in this chapter, "governmental entity" has the same meaning as in Section
42 63G-2-103 .
43 Section 2. Section 63A-12-105 is amended to read:
44 63A-12-105. Records are property of the state -- Disposition -- Penalties for
45 intentional mutilation or destruction.
46 (1) All records created or maintained by a state governmental entity [
47 the property of the state and shall not be mutilated, destroyed, or otherwise damaged or
48 disposed of, in whole or part, except as provided in this chapter and Title 63G, Chapter 2,
49 Government Records Access and Management Act.
50 (2) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), all records created or maintained by a
51 political subdivision of the state are the property of the state and shall not be mutilated,
52 destroyed, or otherwise damaged or disposed of, in whole or in part, except as provided in this
53 chapter and Title 63G, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and Management Act.
54 (b) Records which constitute a valuable intellectual property shall be the property of
55 the political subdivision.
56 (c) The state archives may, upon request from a political subdivision, take custody of
57 any record series of the political subdivision. A political subdivision which no longer wishes
58 to maintain custody of a record which must be retained under the political subdivision's
59 retention schedule or the state archive's retention schedule shall transfer it to the state archives
60 for safekeeping and management.
61 (3) (a) It is unlawful for a [
62 intentionally mutilate, destroy, or to otherwise damage or dispose of the record-copy of a
63 record [
64 contravention of [
65 (i) a governmental entity's properly adopted retention schedule; or
66 (ii) if no retention schedule has been properly adopted by the governmental entity, the
67 model retention schedule, as provided in Section 63G-2-604 .
68 (b) Violation of this Subsection (3) is a class B misdemeanor.
69 (c) An employee of a governmental entity that violates this Subsection (3) may be
70 subject to disciplinary action as provided under Section 63G-2-804 .
71 Section 3. Section 63G-2-803 is amended to read:
72 63G-2-803. No individual liability for certain decisions of a governmental entity.
73 (1) Neither the governmental entity [
74 employee of the governmental entity [
75 from the release of a record where the person or government requesting the record presented
76 evidence of authority to obtain the record even if it is subsequently determined that the
77 requester had no authority.
78 (2) Neither the governmental entity [
79 employee of the governmental entity [
80 from the negligent disclosure of records classified as private under Subsection
81 63G-2-302 (1)(f) unless:
82 (a) the disclosure was of employment records maintained by the governmental entity;
84 (b) the current or former government employee had previously filed the notice
85 required by Section 63G-2-303 and:
86 (i) the government entity did not take reasonable steps to preclude access or
87 distribution of the record; or
88 (ii) the release of the record was otherwise willfully or grossly negligent.
89 (3) A mailing from a government agency to an individual who has filed an application
90 under Section 63G-2-303 is not a wrongful disclosure under this chapter or under Title 63A,
91 Chapter 12, Archives and Records Service.
92 Section 4. Section 63G-2-804 is amended to read:
93 63G-2-804. Violation of provision of chapter -- Penalties for intentional
94 mutilation or destruction -- Disciplinary action.
95 A governmental entity [
96 may include suspension or discharge against any employee of the governmental entity [
98 63A-12-105 (3).
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