(1) All public records, not required in
the current operation of the office where they are made or kept,
and all records of every agency, commission, committee, or any
other activity of state government which may be abolished or
discontinued, shall be transferred to the state archives so that
the valuable historical records of the state may be centralized,
made more widely available, and insured permanent preservation:
PROVIDED, That this section shall have no application to public
records approved for destruction under the subsequent provisions
of this chapter.
When so transferred, copies of the public records concerned shall be made and certified by the archivist, which certification shall have the same force and effect as though made by the officer originally in charge of them. Fees may be charged to cover the cost of reproduction. In turning over the archives of his or her office, the officer in charge thereof, or his or her successor, thereby loses none of his or her rights of access to them, without charge, whenever necessary.
(2) Records that are confidential, privileged, or exempt from public disclosure under state or federal law while in the possession of the originating agency, commission, board, committee, or other entity of state or local government retain their confidential, privileged, or exempt status after transfer to the state archives unless the archivist, with the concurrence of the originating jurisdiction, determines that the records must be made accessible to the public according to proper and reasonable rules adopted by the secretary of state, in which case the records may be open to inspection and available for copying after the expiration of seventy-five years from creation of the record. If the originating jurisdiction is no longer in existence, the archivist shall make the determination of availability according to such rules. If, while in the possession of the originating agency, commission, board, committee, or other entity, any record is determined to be confidential, privileged, or exempt from public disclosure under state or federal law for a period of less than seventy-five years, then the record, with the concurrence of the originating jurisdiction, must be made accessible to the public upon the expiration of the shorter period of time according to proper and reasonable rules adopted by the secretary of state.
[2011 c 336 § 817; 2003 c 305 § 1; 1957 c 246 § 3.]
Columbia River boundary compact, transfer of records to division of archives: RCW 43.58.070.