Legislature Considers Upholding Body Cam Policy
In 2016 the Legislature approved legislation that helped make the adoption of body-worn police cameras more practicable. Specifically, they addressed public records act (PRA) concerns that would have otherwise overwhelmed any benefit gained from wearing the cameras. These PRA provisions only covered jurisdiction on or after June 9, 2016, and before July 1, 2019.
Senate Bill 6408, which is being heard this Monday, removes expiration dates, making current requirements PRA provisions governing body-worn cameras permanent and applicable to all law enforcement and corrections agencies deploying body-worn cameras. The measure has broad support and results from the recommendations generated from a Legislative Taskforce.
Voting Rights Act Continues on Fast Track
The Senate version of the Voting Rights Act, SB 6002, has now been heard in a House policy committee and will likely be passed onto the House floor in short order. Concerns were raised in the hearing last Friday, specifically pertaining to the minimum population threshold.
In its current form, cities and towns with populations lower than 1,000 individuals would not be subject to the provision of the act, the Association of Washington Cities state a desire in testimony to increase that threshold to 10,000.
The request did not appear to be well received. It will be interesting to see if the House is willing to accept any amendments. An amendment would require the measure be sent back to the Senate, which ultimately does not really impact the likelihood of its passage, but would slow it down a bit.