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Body Cameras on Law Enforcement Officers

If a law enforcement agency uses a body camera, the agency must have a written policy on the use, maintenance, and storage of the cameras and the data recorded by the cameras. Agencies retain data from the recordings for at least 120 days and specifies the circumstances in which that data must be retained longer. If data depict an encounter that resulted in a death, injury, or custodial arrest,a search during temporary questioning,or an encounter that involved an officer using force, the agency must retain the data until the final disposition of the investigation, case, or complaint to which the data pertain. Under the bill, the data from body cameras are subject to inspection and copying under the open records laws with exceptions to protect privacy and the identity of victims and minors.