ARTICLE 36 SUBSTITUTE A
RELATING TO HISTORICAL RECORDS TRUST FEES
SECTION 1. Section 42-8.1-20 of the General Laws in Chapter 42-8.1 entitled “State Archives” is hereby amended to read as follows:
42-8.1-20 Rhode Island Historical Records Trust established. – (a) There is hereby established a special fund to be known as the Rhode Island Historical Records Trust (hereinafter called Trust).
(b) There is hereby imposed
an additional assessment of
two dollars ($2.00) three dollars
($3.00) for every instrument filed for recording pursuant to §§ 33-22-21
(c) On the first of every
month, the municipal clerk shall transmit to the State Archives
two dollars ($2.00) of the additional assessment collected under
subsection (b) of this section for deposit in the Rhode Island Historical
Records Trust. The remaining one half one dollar ($1.00) of each
such additional assessment shall remain with the local government and be
deposited in a local Historical Records Trust.
(d) All monies retained by a local government shall be placed in a Historical Record Trust Fund maintained by the local government. The expenditure of these monies shall be restricted solely to the preservation of public records of historical value maintained by the municipal clerk or by a municipal archives.
(e) Use of these funds by the State Archives shall be for the development and ongoing maintenance of a full-time local government records management program component and the state archives and records program. Such program shall be responsible for providing aid, advice, and assistance to all local governments of this State concerning the proper management and preservation of the public records in their custody or care, as required by other provisions of statute. Funds shall be expended to support administrative and other costs associated with the provision of consultative and technical services including, but not limited to, educational programming, micrographics services, and ongoing storage and preservation of local government records.
(f) All monies received by the General Treasurer and other moneys appropriated or received for the purposes stated in subsection (b) above shall be deposited in a restricted account which shall be administered by the State Archives.
(g) Each year the State Archives shall review and make recommendations on a proposed operational and expenditure plan for the RI Historical Records Trust.
SECTION 2. This article shall take effect as of July 1, 2007.