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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 8, 2016 03:25 PM
From: Representative Daryl D. Metcalfe
To: All House members
Subject: Archives Legislation
In the near future I will be introducing legislation that will amend Title 37 (Historical & Museums) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. This legislation has several key provisions to update and modernize the History Code.

The key provisions include:
  1. Adding definitions for Archival Record, Public Record, Record, State Archives, and State Archivist.
  2. Modernizing the sale and disposition of property as well as adding language on abandoned property on loan to the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC).
  3. Including language that the State Archives shall be the official repository for the permanent and historically valuable public records of the Commonwealth.
  4. Adds a new section on the protection and recovery of historical Commonwealth and local government records.
  5. Opening access to older public records after 75 years, unless specifically prohibited by law.
  6. Removing from Title 37 certain historical properties that the PHMC either has transferred or sold to other entities.

Please join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation. If you have any questions please contact Gina Buffington at gbuffing@pahousegop.com or 717-783-1707.

Introduced as HB157