Chapter 508

2007 -- S 0575 SUBSTITUTE A

Enacted 10/30/07





     Introduced By: Senator Daniel J. Issa

     Date Introduced: February 15, 2007


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


     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) four dollars

($4.00) for every instrument filed for recording pursuant to sections 33-22-21 and 34-13-7.

      (c) On the first of every month, the municipal clerk shall transmit to the State Archives

one half three dollars ($3.00) 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


      (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 act shall take effect upon passage.



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