- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A bill that would create a highway surveillance system to scan license plates is awaiting action in the state Senate.

The bill, which would allow the state to use that information to fine people who don’t have car insurance. cleared the state House of Representatives Monday and passed a Senate committee Thursday.

It was scheduled to be considered by the full Senate Friday, before the legislative session ends.

The proposed system would be run by a private company. Civil liberties groups, police and others have expressed privacy concerns.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Rep. Robert Jacquard, says data will be quickly erased if there’s no proof a car is uninsured.

A Senate spokesman couldn’t say whether the chamber would support it. The Senate doesn’t have its own version of the proposal.

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