Legislation that would prohibit agencies from destroying emails for at least 2 years was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 7-1 vote.

AB 1184, by Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) would require state and local agencies to retain every writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business transmitted by electronic mail for at least 2 years unless a longer retention period is required by statute or regulation.

The bill will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee in August.