BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposed program that would allow law enforcement agencies to automatically scan motorists’ license plates has stalled in the House amid concerns about data privacy.
Only five members of the House criminal justice committee voted for the Senate-approved proposal from Lake Charles Sen. Ronnie Johns. Six lawmakers voted against it.
The bill would create a pilot program to crack down on car thieves and insurance scofflaws.
Johns says the technology would allow police to cross-check license plates with databases to determine if vehicles are stolen or uninsured. He says nine parishes would participate.
Opponents raised concerns about data being misused by the private company pushing the program, which would collect a portion of each fine levied.
Former Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed the bill last year.
Senate Bill 54: www.legis.la.gov
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