Body-cam bill with restrictions on public access advances in Minnesota House
Minnesota could soon adopt one of the nation’s more restrictive laws governing public access to footage recorded by police body cameras.
Over the protests of Chairwoman Rep. Peggy Scott, the House data practices committee approved legislation Tuesday evening that would give law enforcement more control over recordings they make during interactions with citizens.
Scott, R-Andover, voiced disappointment after the 11-2 vote, but said that she was unable to gather enough support for an alternate bill she authored that would give the public more ability to access recordings and require that cops ask permission before filming people in their homes.
The bill sponsored by Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Vernon Center — and backed by law enforcement — is among legislative proposals around the country that would block public access to body camera footage. While many have stalled, restrictive laws have passed in South Carolina and Florida.