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45-404. Duties of state records board; disposition of county records. The state records board shall:

(a) Approve or modify retention and disposition schedules and records manuals prepared pursuant to subsections (c) and (d) of K.S.A. 45-406 and amendments thereto. Once approved by the board the retention and disposition schedules for state agencies shall be filed with the secretary of state. Without further action by the board, noncurrent records of state agencies scheduled for disposition may be disposed of as provided in the schedules and noncurrent records scheduled for retention may be transferred to the state archives, subject to approval by the state archivist and in accordance with procedures to be established by the state archivist.

(b) Pass upon any proposed revisions in the retention and disposition schedules and upon requests for authority to dispose of records of state agencies or counties not listed in the schedules. No records of state agencies or counties shall be disposed of before the retention periods designated in the schedules have elapsed without the approval of the board. No state agency or county shall be required to destroy records which it chooses to retain, even though the retention and disposition schedules authorize their destruction. The retention and disposition schedules for all local agencies except counties shall be recommendations and shall not alter or replace current statutes authorizing or restricting the disposition of government records by local agencies.

(c) Any board of county commissioners may order disposition of any noncurrent county government records after minimum retention periods set forth in the schedules prepared pursuant to subsection (d) of K.S.A. 45-406 and amendments thereto. Any board of county commissioners may petition the state records board for amendments to the schedules, for authority to depart from specific provisions of the schedules or for authority to implement schedules applicable to only a single county.

(d) With the approval of the state archivist, the board of county commissioners of any county may transfer any noncurrent county government records to the custody of the state historical society. The board of county commissioners of any county may transfer any noncurrent county government records which have been determined by the state archivist to be records, which are not required by law to be confidential or restricted, to the custody of a county historical society, a genealogical society, a public library, a college or university library or another local or regional repository in Kansas, determined by the state archivist to be suitable, which will accept such records, except that under authority of this subsection no records relating to the mental or physical health of any person shall be so transferred.

(e) Pass upon recommendations by the state archivist for transfer to the state archives of any noncurrent government records with enduring value which are held by a state agency opposing such a transfer. When the state archivist makes such a recommendation, the state agency opposing the transfer shall defend before the board its reasons for wanting to retain the records in its custody, and the board shall determine whether the transfer shall occur.

(f) Approve or modify recommended microphotographic standards prepared by the state archivist and pass upon requests for authority to dispose of original government records of state agencies following reproduction on film, as provided in K.S.A. 45-412 and amendments thereto.

History: L. 1981, ch. 331, § 4; L. 1984, ch. 188, § 2; L. 1988, ch. 366, § 11; June 1.


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