Dept. of Law criticizes bill on electronic records

Posted: Monday, April 05, 2010

JUNEAU - An assistant attorney general is blasting a bill intended to clarify and expand public records preservation requirements for electronic formats.

Assistant Attorney General Alan Birnbaum told the Senate Judiciary Committee Friday that the bill is too vague, far-reaching, costly and burdensome. He also submitted a highly critical 11-page memo on the five-page bill.

The testimony on the bill, introduced Feb. 1, surprised committee members.

Judiciary chairman Sen. Hollis French said he was "astonished" by how long it took the Department of Law to point out what it considered such glaring problems.

Sen. Johnny Ellis, the bill's sponsor, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

French held the bill in committee.

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