HARRISBURG – The PA House approved legislation by Rep. Torren Ecker of Adams & Cumberland Counties to ensure records relating to COVID-19 are retained for an extended period of time. House Bill 854 would require that state agencies and their contractors must retain COVID-19 records for 10 years after the current State of Emergency Declaration relating to the pandemic, which has been in place for more than a year, comes to an end. Records to be retained include pre-decisional deliberations about an action, as well as records created in connection with an action of the executive agency or contractor. A similar version of the legislation was approved by the House last session. House Bill 854 is now in the Senate for consideration.