A bill protecting the public’s right to electronically record police activity failed to win passage during the 2012 legislative session but it’s back this year.
The judiciary committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the proposal Wednesday. Senate Bill 237, co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, would allow citizens to file a lawsuit if a police officer tries to prevent them from taking a photograph or videotaping an officer in a public place. Exceptions are made if the officer is protecting the public safety or preserving the integrity of a crime scene.
A similar bill cleared the committee last year and was approved by the state Senate but failed to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives.