2-6-304. Outgoing officials -- records management duties. (1) Within 2 years after the completion of the final term of office of a constitutionally designated and elected official of the executive branch of government, all of the official records not necessary to the current operation of that office are subject to storage, disposal, or transfer in accordance with the provisions of this part.
(2) All official records of a retiring constitutionally designated and elected official not necessary to the current operation of that office and considered worthy of preservation by the Montana historical society must be transferred to the custody of the state archives within that 2-year period.
(3) An outgoing official, in consultation with staff members of the Montana historical society, shall review official records and isolate any items of a purely personal nature. The personal papers are not subject to this part, but they may be deposited with the official papers at the official's discretion.
(4) An outgoing official, in consultation with staff members of the Montana historical society, may restrict access to certain segments of official records. Restrictions may not be longer than the lifetime of the depositing official. Restricted access may be imposed only to protect the confidentiality of personal information contained in the records. Restricted access may not be imposed unless the demand of individual privacy clearly exceeds the merits of public disclosure.
(5) Any question concerning the transfer or other status of official records arising between the state archives and an elected official's office must be decided by a four-fifths vote of the members of the state records committee.
History: En. 59-530.4 by Sec. 4, Ch. 441, L. 1977; R.C.M. 1947, 59-530.4; amd. Sec. 6, Ch. 378, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 50, Ch. 61, L. 2007.