The Senate approved legislation introduced by Senator Bob Robbins that will update and streamline the Pennsylvania History Code. Senate Bill 1253 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
“This bill makes a number of significant changes to the History Code to update the law, provides additional clarity for some provisions and streamlines the process for disposing of property on loan to the Historic and Museum Commission that has been abandoned,” Senator Robbins said.
Key provisions in the bill include:
- Adds definitions for Archival Records, the State Archives and State Archivist.
- Removes language on the operation of the Conservation Center which the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) no longer operates.
- Modernizes the sale and disposition of property as well as adding language on abandoned property on loan to the PHMC.
- Includes language that the State Archives shall be the official repository for the permanent and historically valuable public records of the Commonwealth.
- Adds a new section on the protection and recovery of historical Commonwealth and local government records.
- Opens access to older public records after 75 years, unless specifically prohibited by law.
- Removes references to historical properties that the PHMC either has transferred or sold to other entities.
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