PRINTER'S NO. 1363

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


HOUSE BILL

No. 1246 Session of 1993


        INTRODUCED BY LESCOVITZ, PISTELLA, BATTISTO, D. W. SNYDER AND
           MERRY, APRIL 19, 1993

        REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, APRIL 19, 1993

                                     AN ACT

     1  Amending Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the
     2     Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, further providing for
     3     additional methods for the recording and copying of certain
     4     records.

     5     The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     6  hereby enacts as follows:
     7     Section 1.  Sections 4323 and 4324 of Title 42 of the
     8  Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes are amended to read:
     9  § 4323.  Form of permanent recordation.
    10     [Records which are classified as records of permanent value
    11  shall, prior to destruction or other removal from the office of
    12  the person having custody thereof, be processed in conformity
    13  with general rules so that they may be reproduced by any
    14  photostatic, photographic, microphotographic, microfilm, video
    15  tape, magnetic tape, or other mechanical process which produces
    16  a clear, accurate and permanent copy, microcopy or reproduction
    17  of the original, in accordance with standards not less than
    18  those approved for permanent records by the National Bureau of


     1  Standards.] Any photostatic, photographic, microphotographic,
     2  microfilm, microcard, miniature photographic, optical,
     3  electronic or other process which accurately reproduces the
     4  original and forms a durable medium for recording, storing and
     5  reproducing the original in accordance with standards, policies
     6  and procedures for the creation, maintenance, transmission or
     7  reproduction of images of records approved by the governing
     8  authority, but not less than those standards, policies and
     9  procedures approved by the National Institute of Standards and
    10  Technology, may be utilized. Any document within the scope of
    11  this section and which previously has been recorded, copied or
    12  recopied also may be reproduced by processes authorized by this
    13  section.
    14  § 4324.  Copies of destroyed records.
    15     The photostatic, photographic, microphotographic,
    16  microfilmed, miniature photographic, optical, electronic or
    17  otherwise reproduced copy of any record destroyed or disposed of
    18  as authorized pursuant to this subchapter, or a certified copy
    19  thereof, shall be admissible in evidence in any matter, and
    20  shall have the same force and effect as though the original
    21  record had been produced and proved. It shall be the duty of the
    22  person who would have had custody of the original record, had it
    23  not been destroyed pursuant to law, to prepare enlarged, typed
    24  or photographic copies of such reproduced records whenever their
    25  production is required.
    26     Section 2.  This act shall take effect immediately.



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