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Legislature sends bill requiring agencies to retain emails to governor

Legislation that would prohibit agencies from destroying emails for at least 2 years was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate and Assembly last week on votes of 32-4 and 63-11 respectively.

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.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has not indicated what action he intends to take on the bill.

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