HARRISBURG, PA.—The Pennsylvania State Senate has passed a bill that would exempt police audio and video recordings from its public-records law, allowing police departments broad discretion over when to refuse requests from people for copies. This law would include recordings from body cameras and dashboard cameras. The bill is expected to be signed by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.
Law organizations are in support of the bill, which would clear legal hurdles for police departments to expand the use of body cameras. The American Civil Liberties Union, however, is opposed to the effort, saying it will make it harder for the public to obtain police video.
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