- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A House committee has approved a bill allowing police to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for up to three months.

Senate Bill 1445 by Republican Sen. Steve Smith of Maricopa passed the House Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee Thursday on a 7-2 vote.

The Senate approved the bill on a 23-6 vote last week. The bill now goes to the full House for a vote after a routine constitutional review.

The bill requires police departments to get an officer’s permission to release the name sooner unless they are arrested. Smith says his bill protects officers who may face retribution after a shooting.

The bill was prompted by police shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York that brought scrutiny to the officers involved.

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