The MAB testified against House Bill 4234, as it was originally drafted, in the Michigan House Judiciary Committee. The first version of the bill prohibited disclosure, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), of the recordings taken from police body-worn cameras in circumstances where the recording is taken in a private place, such as a person's home.
The MAB met with State Representative Jim Runstead (R-44) to discuss our concerns and we appreciate his efforts in drafting the amended legislation to address those. State Representative Runestad, the main sponsor of the bill, introduced a substitute language for HB 4234. The new bill wording is available HERE and it addresses the FOIA concerns MAB had with the original bill draft.
Police-worn body cameras is a hot-button issue right now, with similar legislation introduced in California, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah, Kansas, Washington, D.C., and other states. In addition, State Representative Rose Mary Robinson (D-4) introduced House Bill 4229, which would require law enforcement to wear body cameras while on duty.