June 19, 2015
The Honorable Glenn Koepp
Secretary of the Senate
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
RE: Senate Bill No. 250 by Senator Ronnie Johns
Dear Mr. Koepp:
Senate Bill No. 250 would authorize the use of automatic license plate reader camera surveillance programs in various parishes throughout the state. The personal information captured by these cameras, which includes a person’s vehicle location, would be retained in a central database and accessible to not only participating law enforcement agencies but other specified private entities for a period of time regardless of whether or not the system detects that a person is in violation of vehicle insurance requirements. Camera programs such as these that make private information readily available beyond the scope of law enforcement, pose a fundamental risk to personal privacy and create large pools of information belonging to law abiding citizens that unfortunately can be extremely vulnerable to theft or misuse.
For these reasons, I have vetoed Senate Bill No. 250 and hereby return it to the Senate.
Jindal Vetoes “Big Brother” License Plate Surveillance