Police body camera committee to consider updated bill draft

MADISON – The Legislative Council Study Committee on the Use of Police Body Cameras will hold its next meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

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(USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin photo)

During the meeting, the committee is expected to discuss an updated bill draft on the use of police body cameras. On Oct. 17, the group considered an initial bill draft but decided to make additional changes before recommending legislation.

The following changes are included in the latest draft:

  • Removes language that treats the privacy interests of “witnesses” the same as victims of a sensitive or violent crime, minors and individuals with a reasonable expectation of privacy.
  • Deletes “Woznicki fix” language.
  • Deletes the list of types of body camera data not subject to the state’s public records law.
  • Adds language that expressly allows the requester to challenge redacted information.
  • Removes language that expressly permits the destruction of body camera data that is subject only to the 120-day retention period.

The committee, which includes Sens. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) and Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) and Reps. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and John Spiros (R-Marshfield), is tasked with reviewing law enforcement policies regarding the use of body cameras and recommending legislation to establish uniform procedures regarding the retention and release of body camera video for state and local law enforcement agencies. James Friedman, WNA Foundation Board member and legal hotline attorney, also serves on the committee.

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