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41-151.14. State and local public records management; violation; classification; definition
A. The head of each state and local agency shall:
1. Establish and maintain an active, continuing program for the economical and efficient management of the public records of the agency.
2. Make and maintain records containing adequate and proper documentation of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures and essential transactions of the agency designed to furnish information to protect the rights of this state and of persons directly affected by the agency's activities.
3. Submit to the director, in accordance with established standards, schedules proposing the length of time each record series warrants retention for administrative, legal or fiscal purposes after it has been received by the agency.
4. Once every five years submit to the director lists of all essential public records in the custody of the agency.
5. Cooperate with the director in the conduct of surveys.
6. Designate an individual within the agency to manage the records management program of the agency. The agency shall reconfirm the identity of this individual to the state library every other year. The designated individual:
(a) Must be at a level of management sufficient to direct the records management program in an efficient and effective manner.
(b) Shall act as coordinator and liaison for the agency with the state library.
7. Comply with rules, standards and procedures adopted by the director.
B. The governing body of each county, city, town or other political subdivision shall promote the principles of efficient records management for local public records. The governing body, as far as practicable, shall follow the program established for managing state records. The director, on request of the governing body, shall provide advice and assistance in establishing a local public records management program.
C. A head of a state or local agency who violates this section is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.
D. For the purposes of this section, "records management" means creating and implementing systematic controls for records and information activities from the point where they are created or received through final disposition or archival retention, including distribution, use, storage, retrieval, protection and preservation.