2020 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Continue Workgroup Examining Body Worn Camera Impacts (language only)

Item 391 #1s

Item 391 #1s

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


Page 390, after line 28, insert:

"D.1. The Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security shall continue the workgroup created pursuant to Item 381, paragraph E of Chapter 854 to examine the

workload impact, as well as other fiscal and policy impacts, on the Commonwealth's public safety and judicial agencies as a whole. The Secretary shall submit the recommendation of the working group to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees by November 15, 2020. All state agencies and local subdivisions shall provide assistance as requested by the working group.

2. The workgroup shall include representatives of the Supreme Court, the Compensation Board, staff of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations 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, 2020 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 the expanded workgroup conducted under the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security in FY20, in order to continue to evaluate workload, fiscal and policy impacts of body worn cameras within public safety and judicial agencies.)