§5A-8-12. Essential state records -- Maintenance, inspection and use.

(a) The administrator shall properly maintain essential state records and preservation duplicates stored by him.

(b) An essential state record or preservation duplicate stored by the administrator may be recalled by the regularly designated custodian of the state record for temporary use when necessary for the proper conduct of the office and shall be returned by such custodian to the administrator immediately after such use.

(c) When an essential state record is stored by the administrator, the administrator, upon request of the regularly designated custodian of the state record, shall provide for its inspection, or for the making or certification of copies thereof, and such copies when certified by the administrator shall have the same force and effect as if certified by the regularly designated custodian.