In 1989, the State of Texas enacted legislation for the purpose of establishing uniform standards and procedures for the maintenance, preservation, microfilming, and disposition of local government records. This legislation was documented and made available to local governments in the form of the Local Government Records Act (hereinafter referred to as Act), which is considered to be one of the most comprehensive local government records laws in the nation. The Act contains administrative rules governing the retention, microfilming, and electronic storage of local government records and establishes procedures by which local governments can lawfully dispose of records that have ceased to have value. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is the state agency responsible for implementing the Act.
All Texas community colleges are considered to be local governments and subject to the administrative rules set forth in the Act.