2019 Amendments Available for the Community Colleges Schedule

Another round of amendments has been approved for the retention and disposition schedule for community colleges.  You can find the new amendments in an updated version of the schedule on the State Archives website. Here are the changes: The Capital Improvements File (Standard 2, item 11) now has a disposition for bond records, such as…

NC Attorney General’s 2019 Guide to Open Government

In March of 2019, the North Carolina Attorney General, Josh Stein, released The North Carolina Open Government Guide. The guide is a concise resource for North Carolinians on public records and open meetings law. Local and state government employees may find the guide useful for its tips on fulfilling public records requests, exemptions from disclosure…

General Schedule for Local Records: Annexations

A couple of eagle-eyed readers noticed that we inadvertently left Annexations off of the new General Schedule for Local Records.  Annexations are a legal record created by municipalities, so they belong in the Legal Records standard on the General Schedule. We have updated the General Schedule for Local Records online to include this change.  Agencies…

2019 Update to Records Schedule for Local Health Departments

The 2019 update to the Local Health Departments records retention and disposition schedule has been authorized and is available on our website for access and approval.  To approve the schedule, the director of your county’s health department and the chair of its governing board should sign the schedule on page ii.  Please send a copy…

Title Page to the 2019 General Schedule for Local Government Agencies

2019 General Schedule for Local Records Available

The new General Schedule for Local Government Agencies is officially posted to the State Archives website and is now available for adoption. In order to minimize confusion, we have removed the general records standards from all other local government schedules posted on our website.  Agencies that adopt the General Schedule should follow the General Schedule for all…

How to Adopt the New Local Government Retention Schedules

This post is a follow-up to our January announcement of a new approach to local records schedules in North Carolina. The March 2019 updates to North Carolina Local Government Records Retention Schedules have been signed by the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.  While we’re preparing them for publication and adoption, here’s what you need…

The First Amendment and Social Media

Two recent court rulings have established that governmental social media accounts that are open to the public for discourse are public forums of free expression, like town hall meetings or public parks, and that blocking critical commenters or deleting critical comments violates the First Amendment. Frayda Bluestein discusses these rulings and provides some tips for…