Arizona House guts body cameras bill

PHOENIX (AP) - The House has gutted a bill that limits the release of video captured by police cameras.

The controversial bill by Republican Sen. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills declared that body camera recordings are not public records. The video would have only become available if the public interest "outweighs the interests of privacy or confidentiality or the best interests of the state."

The House formally adopted a committee amendment that removed the bill's key provisions. The amendment left in place a law enforcement officer body camera study committee to report its findings to the governor by the year's end.

The House adopted the amendment on Tuesday before giving the proposal initial approval. Senate Bill 1300 now awaits a formal vote.

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