Arizona Senate committee rejects body camera usage proposals

- A big debate took place at the Arizona State Capitol on Thursday and the issue at hand was body cameras. A Senate committee met to decide if it should recommend state laws on the technology.

The committee overwhelmingly rejected all proposals to regulate body camera usage. One of the most heated questions: Should all body camera footage be considered public record?

Sheriffs from across the state testified that they don't want state laws governing how they use the body cameras. They want those decisions to be left at the local level.

State Senator John Kavanagh argued that there are privacy concerns with some released body camera footage. He proposed a measure that would recommend a law to prevent video footage dealing with minor offenses or private conversation to not be public record, but the committee voted and rejected the proposal.

The committee also voted down a proposal to mandate body cameras for all law enforcement agencies.

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