- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on North Carolina legislation that lays out how people can attempt to access footage from police body camera or vehicle dashboard cameras (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

The General Assembly has given final legislative approval to methods by which people can access or receive a copy of footage from body cameras or vehicle dashboard cameras operated by North Carolina law enforcement officers.

The House agreed Wednesday evening to accept a version of legislation approved by the Senate earlier in the day. The final bill also contains a new section explaining how local health departments or other organizations can create needle and syringe exchange programs. It now heads to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk.

The bill makes clear the video recordings are neither public nor personnel records. A subject of the video can ask police or a sheriff to view the footage and can go to court if they are denied. Others can go to court to obtain a copy of a video.

Supporters of the legislation say the access rules properly balance the rights of privacy and transparency.


5:10 p.m.

A bill laying out the process for someone to view or get a copy of footage from a police body camera or vehicle dashboard camera has received broad Senate support.

The Senate voted 48-2 on Wednesday for the bill, which makes clear the recordings are neither public nor personnel records. The bill now returns to the House, which passed an edition of the measure this week.

The bill says a person who is the video’s subject can ask to view the footage. They can go to court if a sheriff or police deny the request. There’s also a legal process by which anyone can go to court to obtain the video.

The Senate version includes new provisions that lay out governments and nonprofits can create needle exchange programs.

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