5
Feb

Voting Rights Act Bill Scheduled

SB 6002 is scheduled for action by the House State Government, Elections & IT Committee at 8 am on Wednesday, February 7. Because this bill moved so fast at the start of session, the next cutoff date that applies to a Senate Bill in a House Committee is February 23, when it needs to pass out of its current House committee. In

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5
Feb

Bill Moves to Maintain PRA Protections

Senate Bill 6408, which was passed out of the Senate Policy committee last week, 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, barring the unforeseen (and we are talking about the Legislature

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29
Jan

Body Cam Policy Debated

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.

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19
Jan

Senate Set to Act on Voting Rights

This morning, on a mostly partisan vote, the Senate passed the Voting Rights Act HB 6002.  Concerns voiced by County Auditors resonated with the Chamber as evidenced by an amendment sponsored by Sen. Darnielle that removed the most problematic provisions pertaining to ranked choice voting.   Otherwise, the bill remains unchanged.  The House is yet to pull their version to

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