Editorial: A top priority for lawmakers in 2020? Retain those state emails for a year or longer

The Denver Post: Setting a state-wide email retention policy for state agencies, employees and elected officials should be a top priority when the Colorado General Assembly begins a new session in January.

A new state law that requires state employees and elected officials to retain emails involving any state business for at least a year has become critical given that many state agencies are or had already adopted much shorter retention policies. Gov. Jared Polis’ own department is telling employees they should delete emails after 30 days. That’s an unacceptably-short amount of time. Four weeks and two days is not nearly long enough for a state agency to retain official documents that are part of the public record and technically belong to the state of Colorado.

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