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Published on Friday, March 11, 2016

Body camera bill passes Legislature, on to Governor for signature

AWC priority bill HB 2362, regarding police body-worn cameras, has passed the Legislature and is on its way to the Governor's desk for signature. AWC would like to thank Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island) for all of his hard work and leadership to pass this bill. We would also like to extend a big thanks to all city officials who lent their support for the bill along the way.

Specifically, HB 2362:

  • Establishes Public Records Act (PRA) provisions governing requests for, and disclosure of, certain body-worn camera recordings made by law enforcement and corrections officers while in the course of their official duties. The bill stipulates who can, and cannot, request body-worn camera footage and the circumstances in which they can request the footage.
  • Outlines what footage is considered offensive and thus not disclosable under the PRA. This includes images of minors, deceased persons, intimate images, and the identities of domestic violence victims.
  • Outlines specific information required of a requester when he/she requests footage.
  • Allows agencies to charge reasonable fees for the costs of redacting, altering, distorting, etc. footage if the requester is not a requester who has privileged access under the bill.
  • Requires law enforcement and corrections agencies that deploy body-worn cameras to adopt policies covering the use of body-worn cameras.
  • Establishes a retention period of 60 days for body camera recordings.
  • Establishes a task force to review and report on the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement and corrections agencies.
  • Limits the provisions of this bill to those jurisdictions who have deployed body-worn cameras or adopted an ordinance or resolution authorizing the use of body-worn cameras by the effective date of the bill. A process it required for community input in the event an ordinance or resolution is adopted.
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