SEC. 25-59-9. Powers and duties of department of archives and history.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History, with respect to the Mississippi Archives and Records Management Law, shall have the following powers and duties:
(a) The department may make and enter into contracts and agreements with other agencies, organizations, associations, corporations and individuals or federal agencies as it may determine are necessary, expedient or incidental to the performance of its duties or the execution of its powers under this chapter.
(b) The department shall adopt such rules and regulations deemed necessary to carry out its duties and responsibilities under this chapter, which rules shall be binding on all agencies and the persons affected thereby. The department shall publish said rules and regulations in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act, Sections 25-43-1 et seq., Mississippi Code of 1972.
(c) Conduct a records management program including a records center and subject to the availability of staff and funds, conduct a centralized microfilming program for the benefit of all state agencies; and provide advice, assistance and training to all state agencies in matters pertaining to the economical and efficient management of public records.
(d) Cooperate with and assist, insofar as possible, state institutions, departments, agencies, counties, municipalities and individuals engaged in the field of state archives, manuscripts and history.
(e) Establish safeguards against unauthorized or unlawful removal or loss of records.
(f) Initiate appropriate action to recover records removed unlawfully or without authorization.
(g) Establish and maintain a program in cooperation with each agency for the selection and preservation of vital records considered essential to the operation of government and to the protection of the rights and privileges of citizens; make or have made preservation duplicates, or designate existing copies as preservation duplicates to be preserved in a place of safekeeping as prescribed by the department.
(h) Promulgate rules and regulations permitting the storage, use and dissemination of records which are transferred by any local governmental body in this state to a local historical or archival group which has been incorporated and operates as a private, nonprofit corporation. Such rules and regulations shall be in accordance with the provisions of Section 25-59-25.
SOURCES: Laws, 1981, ch. 501, Sec. 5; 1990, ch. 391, Sec. 1, eff from and after July 1, 1990.