Georgia State Records Committee
The Georgia State Records Committee was established by the Georgia Open Records Act in order to review and decide on what records are retained and what records are destroyed. While they do not hold hearings or decide cases about open records violations, they do possess a considerable amount of historical power, shaping what records are preserved by the state and permitting the destruction of current records.
The Georgia State Records Committee is required to "review, approve, disapprove, amend, or modify retention schedules submitted by agency heads, school boards, county governments, and municipal governments." Approved records schedule have the force of law. Three members of the committee are required to approve any records retention schedule.
The website of the Georgia State Records Committee states:
The mission of the State Records Committee is to provide review for the approval, disapproval, amendment, or modification of retention schedules submitted by state agency heads and local governments through the Department of Archives and History in accordance with O.C.G.A. 50-18-92.
The goal of the State Records Committee is to ensure that essential public records and the information they contain are available to policy makers and the citizens of Georgia for the time necessary to protect the interests of the public and the State. Policy StatementIt is the policy of the State Records Committee to provide approved retention schedules to government administrators as a viable decision making tool for their records and information management programs.
The committee is composed of five members:
- the Governor
- the Secretary of State, Chairperson
- an appointee of the Governor who is not the Attorney General
- the state auditor
- an officer of a governing body