AUGUSTA – Legislators are debating a bill affecting police and the ones they serve.
Beginning January 1st, 2021, the bill would require all law enforcement agency officers to wear a body camera whenever they are in uniform and engaged in law enforcement-related activities.
After a work session in the House of Representatives Monday, lawmakers including Representative Victoria Morales (D – South Portland) decided the bill needed a little more fine-tuning.
“We’re going to have a working group with the attorney general, and the attorney general is going to commission stakeholders from law enforcement, from privacy folks, from sexual assault victims, domestic violence,” said Rep. Morales, “kind of a swath of Mainers who are very concerned about this issue to come together and draft uniform policies after they study really what’s going on in the state of Maine.”
After the group meets and continues working on the bill, lawmakers expect to have a policy they can agree on in the next session of the legislature.