Roadside cameras bill dies

07/23/2014 10:31 AM

07/23/2014 10:32 AM

A bill that would have regulated automated roadside cameras used by law enforcement went to the legislative graveyard on Wednesday.

“It will be resting in Rules probably for the next couple of years,’ Rules Committee Chairman Tom Apodaca said.

House Bill 348 was filed last year and finally sprung to life last week when it won tentative approval on the Senate floor, amid unexpected opposition from more than half of the chamber’s Republicans.

Apodaca and others said it raised privacy concerns. The roadside cameras are already in use throughout the state, and the bill would have regulated their use and allowed them to be placed on state-owned roadsides. The devices snap photos of license plates to catch fugitives and other suspects.

The bill won preliminary approval in the Senate after Democrats unanimously supported it and were joined by nearly half of the Republicans. It was scheduled for final approval late last week but moved to Monday’s calendar, and then removed and sent to Apodaca’s Rules Committee.

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