2019 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1700 (Conference Report)

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Expand Workgroup Examining Impact of Body Cameras on Employee Workload (language only)

Item 381 #1c

Item 381 #1c

Public Safety and Homeland Security
Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security


Page 416, after line 34, insert:

"E.1. The Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security shall convene and expand the workgroup created pursuant to paragraph 73.U of this act. The expanded work group shall examine the workload impact, as well as other fiscal and policy impacts, on the Commonwealths' public safety and judicial agencies as a whole. The Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court shall submit the recommendations of the working group to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by November 15, 2019. All state agencies and local subdivisions shall provide assistance as requested by the working group.

2. The expanded workgroup shall include representatives of the Supreme Court, the State Compensation Board, staff of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, Department of Criminal Justice Services, Commonwealth's Attorneys, local governments, and other stakeholders deemed appropriate by the Secretary.

3. Prior to the preparation of the November 15, 2019 report, each Commonwealth's Attorney's office in a locality that employs body worn cameras, in conjunction with the law enforcement agency using body worn cameras, shall report to the Compensation Board and the workgroup the following information on a quarterly basis, in a format prescribed by the Board:

a. The number of hours of body worn camera video footage received from their law enforcement agencies. The number of hours should additionally be broken down into corresponding categories of felonies, misdemeanors and traffic offenses. Any recorded event that results in charges for two or more of the above categories shall be reported in the most serious category;

b. The number of hours spent in the course of redacting videos; and

c. Any other data determined relevant and necessary by the workgroup for this analysis."


(This amendment continues and expands the scope of the work group created in Chapter 2 concerning workload issues created by the use of body-worn cameras.)