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Body-camera disclosure bill on pause

Body-camera disclosure bill on pause

CNPA’s sponsored legislation to mandate the disclosure of certain body-camera footage stalled recently when the Senate Rules Committee referred the bill to the Judiciary Committee, effectively sidelining the measure for the year.

AB 748 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) would make video or audio footage captured by law enforcement disclosable upon request if it depicts a matter of public concern including an officer-involved shooting.

With its referral to a second policy committee, the bill became a 2-year bill, ineligible to move forward this year due to legislative timelines. This delay gives the legislation’s stakeholders an opportunity to address the policy impacts of the measure, which would make significant inroads in accessing police records that depict significant encounters between police and the public.