Wednesday, January 27, 2016
House Republicans Overwhelmingly Pass Bill To Block Public Access To Police Videos
The House Republicans today struck a blow for government secrecy when it overwhelmingly passed HB 1019, legislation which essentially lets police departments decide whether the public should have access to videos police record of their interactions with members of the public. The 65-30 vote was largely along party lines. One of the bill's co-sponsors, Rep. Ed DeLaney (D), tried to offer an amendment to make the bill appear less Soviet-styled protection of a police state, which was voted down. DeLaney wound up voting against the bill on third reading Rep. Tom Saunders (R) and Rep. Bruce Borders (R) were about the only Republican lawmakers to cast a no vote. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Kevin Mahan (R), a former sheriff.