(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (f) of § 1-277, each governmental agency in this state shall determine whether, and the extent to which, it will send and accept electronic records and electronic signatures to and from other persons and otherwise create, generate, communicate, store, process, use and rely upon electronic records and electronic signatures.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, to the extent that an executive branch governmental agency of this state uses electronic records and electronic signatures under subsection (a) of this section, the Department of Administrative Services, giving due consideration to the security of such electronic records and electronic signatures, may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, specifying:
(1) The manner and format in which such electronic records shall be created, generated, sent, communicated, received and stored and the systems established for such purposes;
(2) If such electronic records may be signed by electronic means, the type of electronic signature required, the manner and format in which the electronic signature shall be affixed to the electronic record and the identity of, or criteria that shall be met by, any third party used by a person filing a document to facilitate the electronic signature and filing process;
(3) Processes and procedures as appropriate to ensure adequate control, preservation, disposition, integrity, security and confidentiality of such electronic records and adequate ability to audit such electronic records; and
(4) Any other required attributes for such electronic records that are specified for corresponding nonelectronic records or reasonably necessary under specific circumstances.
(c) Any regulations adopted by the Department of Administrative Services pursuant to subsection (b) of this section may promote consistency and interoperability with any similar requirements adopted by governmental agencies in this state, of other states and of the federal government, and by nongovernmental persons, interacting with executive branch governmental agencies of this state. If appropriate, such regulations may specify differing levels of standards from which executive branch governmental agencies of this state may choose in implementing the most appropriate standard for a particular application.
(d) Any regulations adopted by the Department of Administrative Services pursuant to subsection (b) of this section shall not apply to the offices of the State Treasurer, Comptroller, Secretary of the State and Attorney General. Each of said offices may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to carry out the purposes of subsections (b) and (c) of this section with regard to said office.
(e) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (f) of § 1-277, § 17b-242 and § 19a-25b, sections 1-266 to 1-286, inclusive, do not require a governmental agency in this state to use or permit the use of electronic records or electronic signatures.
(f) This section is subject to any requirements established by the State Librarian or the Public Records Administrator in accordance with sections 11-8 and 11-8a.