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IC 5-15-5.1
     Chapter 5.1. State Commission on Public Records

IC 5-15-5.1-1
Sec. 1. The following definitions apply throughout this chapter:
    "Commission" means the commission on public records created by this chapter.
    "Record" means all documentation of the informational, communicative, or decision making processes of state government, its agencies and subdivisions made or received by any agency of state government or its employees in connection with the transaction of public business or government functions, which documentation is created, received, retained, maintained, or filed by that agency or its successors as evidence of its activities or because of the informational value of the data in the documentation, and which is generated on:
        (1) paper or paper substitutes;
        (2) photographic or chemically based media;
        (3) magnetic, electronic, or machine readable media; or
        (4) any other materials, regardless of form or characteristics.
    "Nonrecord materials" means all identical copies of forms, records, reference books, and exhibit materials which are made, or acquired, and preserved solely for reference use, exhibition purposes, or publication and which are not included within the definition of record.
    "Personal records" means:
        (1) all documentary materials of a private or nonpublic character which do not relate to or have an effect upon the carrying out of the constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties of a public official, including: diaries, journals, or other personal notes serving as the functional equivalent of a diary or journal which are not prepared or utilized for, or circulated or communicated in the course of, transacting government business; or
        (2) materials relating to private political associations, and having no relation to or effect upon the carrying out of constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties of a public official and are not deemed public records.
    "Form" means every piece of paper, transparent plate, or film containing information, printed, generated, or reproduced by whatever means, with blank spaces left for the entry of additional information to be used in any transaction involving the state.
    "Agency" means any state office, department, division, board, bureau, commission, authority, or other separate unit of state government established by the constitution, law, or by executive or legislative order.
    "Public official" means:
        (1) an individual holding a state office created by the Constitution of Indiana, by act or resolution of the general

assembly, or by the governor;
        (2) all officers of the executive and administrative branch of state government; and
        (3) all other officers, heads, presidents, or chairmen of agencies of state government.
    "Indiana state archives" means the program maintained by the commission for the preservation of those records and other government papers that have been determined by the commission to have sufficient permanent values to warrant their continued preservation by the state.
    "Forms management" means the program maintained by the commission to provide continuity of forms design procedures from the form's origin up to its completion as a record by determining the:
        (1) form's size, style, and size of type;
        (2) format;
        (3) type of construction;
        (4) number of plies;
        (5) quality, weight and type of paper and carbon; and
        (6) use of the form for data entry as well as the distribution.
    "Information management" means the program maintained by the commission for the application of management techniques to the purchase, creation, utilization, maintenance, retention, preservation, and disposal of forms and records undertaken to improve efficiency and reduce costs of recordkeeping, including management of filing and microfilming equipment and supplies, filing and information retrieval systems, files, correspondence, reports and forms management, historical documentation, micrographic retention programming, and critical records protection.
    "Records center" means a program maintained by the commission primarily for the storage, processing, retrieving, servicing, and security of government records that must be retained for varying periods of time but should not be maintained in an agency's office equipment or space.
    "Critical records" means records necessary to:
        (1) resume or continue governmental operations;
        (2) the reestablishing of the legal and financial responsibilities of government in the state; or
        (3) protect and fulfill governmental obligations to the citizens of the state.
    "Retention schedule" means a set of instructions prescribing how long, where, and in what form a record series shall be kept.
    "Records series" means documents or records that are filed in a unified arrangement and having similar physical characteristics or relating to a similar function or activity.
    "Records coordinator" means a person designated by an agency to serve as an information liaison person between the agency and the commission.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.1-1999, SEC.7; P.L.84-2012, SEC.16; P.L.134-2012, SEC.22.

IC 5-15-5.1-2
Application of chapter
Sec. 2. (a) This chapter applies to records:
        (1) open to the public and carrying no classification or restriction;
        (2) required to be kept confidential by federal law, rule, or regulation;
        (3) declared confidential by the general assembly; or
        (4) declared confidential by a rule adopted under specific authority for confidential records granted to an agency by the general assembly.
    (b) The provisions of this chapter do not apply to state-supported colleges and universities, but the commission may offer its services to them.
    (c) The provisions of this chapter shall in no way restrict the powers and duties of the state board of accounts as prescribed by IC 5-11.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.19-1983, SEC.8; P.L.36-1984, SEC.1.

IC 5-15-5.1-3
Creation of commission; administration of chapter; seal; offer of services
Sec. 3. There is created the commission on public records to administer this chapter for the administrative and executive branches of state government. The commission shall adopt a seal which shall be the seal of the state of Indiana. The commission shall offer its services to the legislative and judicial branches of state government.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1.

IC 5-15-5.1-4
Director; qualifications; staff; salaries
Sec. 4. (a) The governor shall appoint a director as the executive head of the commission. The director must be versed in the principles of information and forms management, archives, and the affairs and organization of state government. It is the intent of the general assembly that the director be a person who is qualified by training and experience to administer the affairs of the commission.
    (b) The director, subject to the approval of the governor and the budget agency, shall appoint such staff as necessary to implement this chapter.
    (c) The salary of the director is subject to the approval of the governor and the budget agency. Salaries of the staff are subject to the approval of the state personnel department and the budget agency. The provisions of IC 4-15-2.2 apply to the staff of the commission.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.3-1989, SEC.28; P.L.100-2012, SEC.18.

IC 5-15-5.1-5

Powers and duties of commission
Sec. 5. (a) Subject to approval by the oversight committee on public records created by section 18 of this chapter, the commission shall do the following:
        (1) Establish a forms management program for state government and approve the design, typography, format, logo, data sequence, form analysis, form number, and agency file specifications of each form.
        (2) Establish a central state form numbering system and a central cross index filing system of all state forms, and standardize, consolidate, and eliminate, wherever possible, forms used by state government.
        (3) Approve, provide, and in the manner prescribed by IC 5-22, purchase photo-ready copy for all forms.
        (4) Establish a statewide records management program, prescribing the standards and procedures for record making and record keeping. However, the investigative and criminal history records of the state police department are exempted from this requirement.
        (5) Coordinate utilization of all micrographics and scanning equipment in state government.
        (6) Assist the Indiana department of administration in coordinating utilization of all duplicating and printing equipment in the executive and administrative branches.
        (7) Advise the Indiana department of administration with respect to the purchase of all records storage equipment.
        (8) Establish and operate a distribution center for the receipt, storage, and distribution of all material printed for an agency.
        (9) Establish and operate a statewide archival program to be called the Indiana state archives for the permanent government records of the state, provide consultant services for archival programs, conduct surveys, and provide training for records coordinators.
        (10) Establish and operate a statewide record preservation laboratory.
        (11) Prepare, develop, and implement record retention schedules.
        (12) Establish and operate a central records center to be called the Indiana state records center, which shall accept all records transferred to it, provide secure storage and reference service for the same, and submit written notice to the applicable agency of intended destruction of records in accordance with approved retention schedules.
        (13) Demand, from any person, organization, or body who has illegal possession of original state or local government records, those records, which shall be delivered to the commission.
        (14) Have the authority to examine all forms and records housed or possessed by state agencies for the purpose of fulfilling the provisions of this chapter.
        (15) In coordination with the office of technology established

by IC 4-13.1-2-1, establish standards to ensure the preservation of adequate and permanent computerized and auxiliary automated information records of the agencies of state government.
        (16) Notwithstanding IC 5-14-3-8, establish a schedule of fees for services provided to patrons of the Indiana state archives. A copying fee established under this subdivision may exceed the copying fee set forth in IC 5-14-3-8(c).
    (b) In implementing a forms management program, the commission shall follow procedures and forms prescribed by the federal government.
    (c) Fees collected under subsection (a)(16) shall be deposited in the state archives preservation and reproduction account established by section 5.3 of this chapter.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.28-1983, SEC.52; P.L.58-1993, SEC.11; P.L.49-1997, SEC.29; P.L.177-2005, SEC.17; P.L.84-2012, SEC.17.

IC 5-15-5.1-5.3
State archives preservation and reproduction account; establishment
Sec. 5.3. (a) The state archives preservation and reproduction account (referred to in this section as "the account") is established as an account within the state general fund. The account shall be administered by the commission. The money in the account does not revert to any other account within the state general fund at the end of a state fiscal year.
    (b) The account consists of fees collected under section 5(a)(16) of this chapter.
    (c) Money in the account is annually appropriated to the commission for use in the preservation and reproduction of public records in the Indiana state archives.
As added by P.L.58-1993, SEC.12.

IC 5-15-5.1-6
Designing, numbering, standardizing, consolidating, and eliminating forms; considerations by commission
Sec. 6. The commission shall design, redesign, number, standardize, consolidate, or eliminate when obsolete, all forms used by state government, apply the definition of record to any governmental materials so questioned, and determine the nature of nonrecord materials housed or maintained by an agency. In performing these functions, the commission shall consult with each affected agency and shall consider each agency's statutory responsibilities, its relationships with federal or other governmental agencies and the requirements of state law.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1.

IC 5-15-5.1-6.5
Racial or ethnic identification information; multiracial

Sec. 6.5. (a) This section does not apply to a printed document that was printed and in stock before July 1, 1995.
    (b) As used in this section, "multiracial" means having a biological parent who is of a different race from the other biological parent.
    (c) All forms, questionnaires, and other printed or electronic documents:
        (1) that are used by a public agency (as defined in IC 5-14-3-2) to request information on the racial or ethnic identification of a respondent; and
        (2) that contain an enumeration of racial and ethnic classifications from which the respondent must select a classification;
must include among the choices the classification multiracial.
As added by P.L.80-1995, SEC.1.

IC 5-15-5.1-7
Archives; supervision; use of materials
Sec. 7. The commission shall make the archives of the state available for public use under supervised control at reasonable hours. However, the commission shall weigh the need for preservation from deterioration or mutilation of original records in establishing access use to such items. The commission shall furnish copies of archival materials upon request, unless confidential by law or restricted by promulgated rule, and payment of such fees as may be required.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1.

IC 5-15-5.1-8
Central micrographics laboratory; microfilming standards
Sec. 8. The commission shall operate a central micrographics laboratory. The oversight committee in coordination with the supreme court shall promulgate regulations concerning quality standards for microfilming documents that shall allow documents meeting those standards to be admissible in court. Such microfilming standards shall be followed by all agencies of the administrative and executive branches of state government.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1.

IC 5-15-5.1-9
Copies of records certified by commission; force and effect
Sec. 9. Copies of records transferred from the office of their origin to the custody of the commission, when certified by the director or his designee, under seal of the commission, shall have the same force and effect as if certified by the original custodian.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1.

IC 5-15-5.1-10
Duties of agencies
Sec. 10. Each agency shall:

        (1) Make and preserve records containing adequate and proper documentation of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, and essential transactions of the agency to protect the legal and financial rights of the government and of persons directly affected by the agency's activities.
        (2) Cooperate fully with the commission in implementing the provisions of this chapter.
        (3) Establish and maintain an active and continuing program for the economical and efficient management of information and assist the commission in the conduct of information management surveys.
        (4) Implement information management procedures and regulations issued by the commission.
        (5) Submit to the oversight committee, a recommended retention schedule for each form and record series in its custody. However, retention schedules for forms and record series common to more than one (1) agency may be established by the oversight committee. Records may not be scheduled for retention any longer than is necessary to perform required functions. Records requiring retention for several years must be transferred to the records center.
        (6) Establish necessary safeguards against the removal, alteration, or loss of records; safeguards shall include notification to all officials and employees of the agency that records in the custody of the agency may not be alienated or destroyed except in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
        (7) Designate an agency information coordinator, who shall assist the commission in the content requirements of the form design process and in the development of the agency's records retention schedules.
        (8) Report to the commission before December 31 of each year those records which have been created or discontinued in the past year.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1.

IC 5-15-5.1-11
Title to records
Sec. 11. Title to any record transferred to the Indiana state archives as authorized by this chapter shall be vested in the commission. However, title to any record deposited in the Indiana state records center shall remain with the agency transferring that record.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1.

IC 5-15-5.1-12
Critical records program
Sec. 12. The commission shall establish and maintain a critical records program for the state of Indiana. It shall determine what records are essential to the continuity of state government operations

and shall survey agency records to identify those records. The commission shall plan and implement a program for protection of critical records through dispersal, duplication, or secure vault storage of those records.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1.

IC 5-15-5.1-13
Confidential records; destruction
Sec. 13. Records designated as confidential by law shall be so treated by the commission in the maintenance, storage, transfer, or other disposition of those records. Confidential records scheduled for destruction shall be destroyed in such a manner that they cannot be read, interpreted, or reconstructed.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.19-1983, SEC.9.

IC 5-15-5.1-14
Mutilation, sale, loan, or other disposition of records by public official or agency
Sec. 14. A public official or agency may not mutilate, destroy, sell, loan, or otherwise dispose of any government record, except under a record retention schedule or with the written consent of the commission.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1.

IC 5-15-5.1-15
Delivery of records by public official to successor
Sec. 15. (a) A public official who has the custody of any records, excluding personal records, shall at the expiration of his term of office or appointment, deliver to his successor, or to the commission if there is no successor, all materials defined as records by this chapter.
    (b) Upon the termination of a state agency whose functions have not been transferred to another agency, the records of the state agency shall be deposited with the commission. The commission shall determine which records are of sufficient legal, historical, administrative, research or fiscal value to warrant their continued preservation. Records that are determined to be of insufficient value to warrant continued preservation shall be disposed of or destroyed.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1.

IC 5-15-5.1-16
Transfer of records to state archives; agreements with legislature and supreme court
Sec. 16. (a) The commission may enter into agreements with the legislative branch of government for transfer of the permanent records of that body not having current administrative value to the Indiana state archives.
    (b) The commission may enter into agreements with the Indiana supreme court and court of appeals and their clerk for transfer of the

permanent records of those bodies not having current administrative value to the state archives.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1.

IC 5-15-5.1-17
Delivery of books, records, and documents to commission by state, county, or other officials; copies of documents, papers, and rules
Sec. 17. (a) A state, county, or other official may turn over to the commission, in accordance with the rules of the commission for permanent preservation, any official books, records, documents, original papers, newspaper files, or printed books or materials not in current use in his office.
    (b) Subject to subsection (c), the commission may make a copy, by photography or in any other way, of any official book, record, document, original paper, newspaper, or printed book or material in any county, city, or other public office for preservation in the state archives. County, city, and other officials shall permit such copies to be made of the books, records, documents, and papers in their respective offices.
    (c) The commission shall copy the official copy of the rules (including incorporated matters filed under IC 4-22-2-21) retained by the secretary of state under IC 4-5-1-2. Any duplicate original copy possessed by another agency is not a critical record and may not be copied. If the secretary of state prepares micrographic copies of these documents under IC 4-5-1-2 and the copies are in a form that meets the specifications of the commission, the commission shall arrange with the secretary of state to obtain the number of copies needed by the commission, rather than copying the documents as part of a separate program.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.31-1985, SEC.42; P.L.11-1996, SEC.3.

IC 5-15-5.1-18
Oversight committee; composition; secretary; compensation and expenses
Sec. 18. (a) The oversight committee on public records consists ex officio of:
        (1) the governor or the governor's designee;
        (2) the secretary of state or the secretary's designee;
        (3) the state examiner of the state board of accounts or the state examiner's designee;
        (4) the director of the state library;
        (5) the director of the historical bureau;
        (6) the director of the commission on public records;
        (7) the commissioner of the department of administration or the commissioner's designee;
        (8) the public access counselor; and
        (9) the chief information officer of the office of technology appointed under IC 4-13.1-2-3 or the chief information officer's designee.

    (b) The oversight committee also consists of two (2) lay members appointed by the governor for a term of four (4) years. One (1) lay member shall be a professional journalist or be a member of an association related to journalism.
    (c) The oversight committee shall elect one (1) of its members to be chairman. The director of the commission on public records shall be the secretary of the committee. The ex officio members of the oversight committee shall serve without compensation and shall receive no reimbursement for any expense which they may incur. Each lay member is entitled to reimbursement for traveling and other expenses as provided in the state travel policies and procedures, established by the department of administration and approved by the budget agency and each lay member is entitled to the minimum salary per diem as provided in IC 4-10-11-2.1(b).
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.114-2001, SEC.1; P.L.177-2005, SEC.18.

IC 5-15-5.1-19
Duties of oversight committee
Sec. 19. (a) It is the duty of the oversight committee to:
        (1) function as the policy making body for the commission; and
        (2) determine what records have no apparent official value but should be preserved for research or other purposes.
    (b) The oversight committee shall maintain a master list of all record series that are classified as confidential by statute or rule.
    (c) The oversight committee has final approval of all record retention schedules.
    (d) The oversight committee has final approval of a fee schedule established by the commission under section 5(a)(16) of this chapter.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.19-1983, SEC.10; P.L.58-1993, SEC.13.

IC 5-15-5.1-20
Establishment of standards by oversight committee; forms; records using archival quality paper; rules
Sec. 20. (a) the oversight committee shall:
        (1) establish standards for safeguarding personal information systems that shall be followed by agencies maintaining such systems;
        (2) approve the content of all forms that involve confidential records; and
        (3) require use of archival quality paper for records that the commission determines should be preserved indefinitely.
    (b) The oversight committee may adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 necessary for the performance of its duties, consistent with this chapter and other applicable Indiana laws.
As added by Acts 1979, P.L.40, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.19-1983, SEC.11; P.L.30-1989, SEC.3.