The Voting Rights Act: Packed Hearings, Packed Agendas.

Early last week, both the House and Senate held hearings on competing visions for the Voting Rights Act.  Not surprisingly, interest in the issue was heavy, with individuals and interest groups wishing to testify on the issue overwhelming the hearing rooms, forcing the public into overflow rooms and causing other agenda items to be bumped.  The Senate has already passed their bill

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Voting Rights and Wrongful Death Legislation

Voting Rights Acts is a Top Priority for Democrats – Both the House and Senate will hear bills this week that could change whether your county elections take place countywide or are divided by voting district. They would also allow impacted voters to bring a case in state courts to challenge the system of elections, similar to the federal Voting

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Body Cam Task Force Meets

In 2016, the Legislature passed HB 2362 outlining establishing privacy and public records protections for those jurisdictions with a body-worn cameras program. As a reminder, the legislation included the following provisions: Directs agencies that use body-worn cameras to address certain issues in locally adopted policies including when an officer is to begin or stop a recording. Strongly encourages the legislative authority

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Implementation of the Public Records Legislation

As you know, the Legislature passed HB 1594 and HB 1595 during the 2017 regular legislative session. The two bills authorize agencies to charge for the transmission of electronic records, make changes to the definition of an “identifiable public record”, create a local government grant program and require certain agencies to start reporting public records information to the Joint Legislative

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