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April 24, 2015Missouri Senate: Don't Shut Down Police VideoApril 24, 2015
Police body camera and dashboard camera video access
House Bill 762 was approved, 10-0, by the House Select State and Local Governments Committee on April 2, in Jefferson City.
HCS HB 762 includes language to allow police body camera and dash board camera video to be available to the public upon court order, and those persons or entities requesting such records can only be responsible for costs associated with their own attorney fees and not those fee of the public body.
HCS HB 762 is an improvement over the original bill's version, but the prospect of going to court every time to obtain a police video will present a challenge to the news media and other citizens.
The original bill, filed by Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph), would have closed police video to the public.
While the substitute bill is better, Missouri Press Association prefers the version in Senate Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 331. SCS SB 331 would make police video "investigative records." SCS SB 331 has stalled out in the Senate after receiving some floor debate on March 25.
There are six weeks ... continued
February 5, 2015Missouri Press Legislative Update, Feb. 5Missouri Press Legislative Update, Feb. 5
Missouri Press staff has been reading and reviewing the nearly 1,300 bills that have been filed in the General Assembly. So far, 864 bills have been filed in the House and 416 bills in the Senate.
One bill of concern, HB 537, has been filed by Rep. Dean Dohrman, R-LaMonte (Pettis County). The bill would virtually shut down public information in the county assessor's office. The bill has been assigned to the House Emerging Issues Committee.
Themes of note for this year's bills: Requiring police to wear video cameras; ethics reforms that affect legislators and lobbyists; proposed expungements of criminal records; setting campaign contribution limits; eliminating non-judicial property foreclosures and replacing them with judicial foreclosures, deleting public foreclosure notices in newspapers.
A Shield Law bill for news reporters has been filed this week by Rep. Joe Don McGaugh: HB 858.
Missouri Press representatives have been meeting with the Missouri Police Chiefs Association executive director in an effort to draft language on the topic of access to police body cameras video.
The Missouri General Assembly convened in Jefferson City on January 7. The 2015 session is scheduled to end at ... continued
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Monday April 27th
Don't forget to mark your calendar for the 2015 Annual Convention, scheduled for Sept. 10-12, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Mo. Link
Monday April 27th
Have you heard about our new 11-part series created in partnership with the Missouri Division of Tourism? Missouri Road Trip 2015: Every Hero Has a Story is available now for publication between May 1 and Aug. 31, 2015. Link
Friday April 24th
With three weeks until the legislative session ends May 15, MPA anticipates a full-court press by law enforcement to pass HCS HB 762, a bill to restrict police video from public access. We ask you to please contact your State Senator(s) in Jefferson City! Link