License Plate Spycam Bill Fails in Committee

House committee gives thumbs down on license plate scanners

By Kevin Litten, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

A House committee voted down legislation that would have allowed Louisiana law enforcement to begin using automatic license plate scanners that would identify uninsured drivers and fine them $200.

The bill, introduced by state Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, is similar to legislation both the House and Senate passed last year but vetoed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. This year, legislators began raising concerns about whether the bill would enable police to use the scanners for racial profiling, and about the windfall a private company could get for doing business with the state.

Activists who are concerned about privacy said they objected to such a program, saying the program called for storing an unnecessary amount of data on drivers’ whereabouts if they’re snagged by the automatic plate scanners.

“Just because someone wants to come to Louisiana and make some money, doesn’t mean citizens want to roll over and have data stored on a database,” said Wendy Adams, the executive director of the Libertarian Party of Louisiana. “No one wants to get hit by an uninsured driver. However, we don’t want to be recorded as we drive across the state.”

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One Response to “License Plate Spycam Bill Fails in Committee”

  1. Bob Sherunkel Says:

    Committee rejects bill and we ALL win.
    Better enjoy this one because we are not set to be winners much as long as congress is in session

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