In 2007, the Washington State Archives had about 80 employees with the layoffs expected by next summer, that number will be in the 20s. State Archivist Jerry Handfield fears that some electronic state records might be lost and ensuring that access to public documents will be slowed.
"Part of it is genealogy, but some of our major customers are lawyers," said Handfield. "We have the records of the Supreme Court as well as the legislative bills – all the major records of the government."
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