- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

DENVER (AP) - This week’s Bill To Watch in the Colorado Legislature

THE BILL:

House Bill 1152, limiting the retention of “passive surveillance” records.

WHAT IT DOES:

The proposal places limits on how long state agencies keep “passive surveillance” records, such as still or video images of traffic conditions and activity at parking garages. The agencies could keep the records for a year. Beyond that, the surveillance records would be available only if they’re evidence in a civil or criminal case.

WHO WANTS IT?

The bill is sponsored only by Republicans in both chambers, but the proposal is advancing despite the fact that no Democrat has gotten onboard as a co-sponsor yet.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

Legislative analysts estimate that the bill “may minimally reduce costs” for agencies that otherwise would keep the surveillance records for longer than a year. An exact estimate on the cost reduction was not given.

WHERE IT STANDS:

The bill passed the House on a 63-2 vote Monday. It now heads to the Senate.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:

“It’s a first step in just getting our arms around the passive surveillance that takes place around the state every day.”_Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Littleton, one of the bill’s sponsors.

READ THE BILL AND FOLLOW IT:

https://goo.gl/d9P7QB

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