- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposal to align the release of police body camera footage with Louisiana’s public records law has won approval from the Senate in a 29-4 vote.

Sen. Ronnie Johns, a Lake Charles Republican, initially proposed a much more sweeping measure that would have exempted most of the recordings from public disclosure.

A rewrite would allow the public to have access to some of the footage. The measure would require a court order for video that may violate a “reasonable expectation of privacy.”

Senators also included a provision that would exempt body camera footage from disclosure if it was captured by a law enforcement officer wearing the camera while working a private security detail.

The Senate’s Wednesday vote sends the bill to the House for consideration.


Senate Bill 398: www.legis.la.gov

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