Title 45, Chapter 13, Section 55
(a) As used in this article, the term:
(1) "Board" means the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board
created under this article.
(2) "Department" means the Department of Archives and History.
(b) There is created and established the Georgia Historical Records
Advisory Board with such powers and duties as are set forth in this
(c) The purpose of the board shall be to advise the Secretary of
State and the Department of Archives and History; to serve as the
state advisory body required by federal granting agencies; and to
encourage cooperative efforts to improve the condition of Georgia's
(d) The board shall consist of 12 members to be appointed by the
Governor. A majority of the members shall have recognized experience
in the administration of government records, historical records, or
archives or in a field of research or activity that makes extensive
use of historical records. The board shall be as broadly
representative as possible of the public and private archival and
research communities and organizations in the state.
(e) The Governor shall designate the initial terms of the members of
the board as follows: four members shall be appointed for one year;
four members shall be appointed for two years; and four members
shall be appointed for three years. Thereafter, all succeeding
appointments shall be for three-year terms, except that each member
shall serve until a successor is appointed. Members shall be
eligible for reappointment.
(f) Whenever any vacancy in the membership of the board occurs, the
Governor shall appoint a qualified person to fill the unexpired
(g) Members of the board shall serve without compensation, except
that each member who is not a state officer or state employee shall
receive the same expense allowance per day as that received by a
member of the General Assembly for each day that such member of the
board is in attendance at a meeting of such board, plus
reimbursement for actual transportation costs while traveling by
public carrier or the same mileage allowance as state government
employees for use of a personal car in connection with such
(h) The director of the Department of Archives and History shall
serve as Georgia historical records coordinator and assist the board
in its activities.
(i) The board shall elect its chair and other officers and make such
bylaws for its operation as may be necessary or appropriate.
(j) The board shall meet at least once each calendar year and
special meetings may be called by the chair.
(k) The board shall be administratively assigned to the department.
(l) The board shall have no permanent staff but may hire temporary
staff for specific activities if funds are available.