Andrea Bettger has passed along the following, saying, "Look how three states have handled sealing records. Also, where the records were placed after the governorship."
Nevada law requires Governors leaving office to turn their documents over to the Nevada State Archives. Most of the records are consider public records and document the administration and history of the governorship. The State Archivist of Nevada Guy Rocha stated that a governor does not have the right as the chief executive to make his own decision as to what to do with the records.
Former Governor of Oregon was recently asked why public records were not at the Oregon State Archives in an appointment hearing. Former Governor Neil Goldschmidt was asked why records were at the non-profit institution Oregon Historical Society and not at the Oregon State Archives. Goldschmidt stated that the records are there because it was difficult time in his life and it was not an issue at the time of his departure.
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean has government watch dog group file lawsuit alleging he unlawfully sealed public records. Vermonts State Attorney I will defend the former governor right to keep his records sealed. The records in question will be sealed until January of 2013 according to the agreement between the former governor and the Secretary of State of Vermont.