8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies provisions regarding the release of recordings made by body cameras
11 worn by law enforcement officers.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 ▸ provides that any release of recordings made by a body camera that is worn by a law
15 enforcement officer shall be subject to the Government Records Access and
16 Management Act; Ĥ→ and ←Ĥ
17 ▸ allows a requestor to immediately appeal to a district court any denial of access to a
18 recording if that denial is based solely on the grounds of a pending criminal action Ĥ→ [
21 an appeal be assigned to the same judge who has jurisdiction over the pending
22 criminal case related to the requested recordings.
23 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
25 Other Special Clauses:
27 Utah Code Sections Affected:
29 77-7a-107, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2016, Chapter 410
31 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
32 Section 1. Section 77-7a-107 is amended to read:
33 77-7a-107. Retention and release of recordings.
34 (1) Any recording made by an officer while on duty or acting in the officer's official
35 capacity as a law enforcement officer shall be retained in accordance with applicable federal,
36 state, and local laws.
37 (2) Ĥ→ (a) ←Ĥ Any release of recordings made by an officer while on duty or acting in the
38 official capacity as a law enforcement officer shall be subject to Title 63G, Chapter 2,
39 Government Records Access and Management Act.
40 Ĥ→ [
41 access to the recordings may immediately appeal to a district court, as provided in Section
42 63G-2-404, any denial of access to a recording based solely on Subsection 63G-2-305(10)(b) or
43 (c) due to a pending criminal action that has been filed in a court of competent jurisdiction.
44 Ĥ→ [
45 business days after the appeal petition is served, request that the petition be assigned to the
46 same judge, if applicable, as is assigned to the pending criminal action.
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