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New Wiretapping Law May Not Affect Balto. County Policing

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By: Linda Dorsey-Walker Special to the AFRO

This year freshman Del. Charles Sydnor III (Baltimore County – 44B),  sponsored HB 533, the Public Safety – Law Enforcement Officers – Body–Worn Digital Recording Device and Electronic Control Device bill, which revised the existing wiretapping law, which had stood in the way of implementing body cameras by Maryland law enforcement officers.

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Kamenetz Thanks Governor for Signing Baltimore County’s Statewide Police Body Camera Bill

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By: Baltimore County Now, News You Can Use

Police Training Commission to Develop Policy and Procedures

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz expressed his appreciation to Governor Larry Hogan for signing SB 482/HB 533, which was sponsored on behalf of the Kamenetz Administration to clarify issues relating to the County’s proposed use of cameras on police officers and Taser weapons.

“Under Maryland’s existing wiretap law,” said Kamenetz, “there was some concern whether our cameras could record audio without being in conflict of the state’s two-party consent rule. With this Bill, it clarifies that a police officer may utilize both video and audio in the course of official police duties. While there are still some details to be resolved as a result of late amendments to the Bill, we appreciate that the Governor signed this important measure into law. We are grateful as well to our County delegation members, and particularly Delegate Charles Sydnor and Senator Kathy Klausmeier for sponsoring this bill on our behalf.”

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Governor supports body camera bill

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Kent County News
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Gov. Larry Hogan was expected to sign several law enforcement bills into law Tuesday, April 28 including a measure that allows police officers to record audio and video with a body camera or other device.

The legislation allows police officers to use a ‘body-worn digital recording device” or an “electronic control device,” such as a Taser with recording capabilities, to record oral communications with the public.

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General Assembly's Proposed Reforms Focus on Police Conduct, Drug Crime Sentencing

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By 
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland General Assembly responded in this year’s legislative session to public concern about police misconduct, drug crime, domestic violence and more.

Police conduct

Freddie Gray’s death Sunday after Baltimore police arrested him April 12 is just the latest in a series of incidents in Maryland and around the nation that have sparked outrage over law enforcement officers’ interactions with citizens.

House Judiciary Committee Vice Chair Kathleen Dumais, D-Montgomery, said more than 400 witnesses came to Annapolis to testify on more than a dozen law enforcement bills.

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Police conduct, drug crime sentencing focus of General Assembly’s proposed reforms

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By Nate Rabner

Capital News Service

The Maryland General Assembly responded in this year’s legislative session to public concern about police misconduct, drug crime, domestic violence and more.

Police conduct

Freddie Gray’s death Sunday after Baltimore police arrested him April 12 is just the latest in a series of incidents in Maryland and around the nation that have sparked outrage over law enforcement officers’ interactions with citizens.

 

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Delegates reflect on first term representing Catonsville area

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By Heather Norris 
Baltimore Sun

Dels. Charles E. Sydnor III, a lawyer, and Pat Young, a Marine Corps veteran and veteran education advocate, began this year's legislative session with cursory knowledge of the inner workings of Annapolis.

During the session, Sydnor, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, submitted legislation including a bill that would exempt police body cameras and recording devices from state wiretapping laws.

Young, who sits on the Appropriations Committee, submitted bills that included legislation that would ensure dependents of military veterans access to in-state tuition rates at Maryland colleges and universities.

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Maryland police, activists discuss body-camera legislation

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By Nate Rabner, Capital News Service
Cecil Daily

ANNAPOLIS — A bill to allow police officers to record video and audio with wearable cameras has been advancing through the Maryland legislature with the support of law enforcement officials, echoing a national focus on police accountability, despite concerns about invasions of privacy.

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2015 End of Session Letter

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2015 END OF SESSION LETTER

Dear Friend and Constituent,

The Maryland General Assembly’s 2015 Legislative Session has recently concluded and I truly appreciate your trust in me to represent District 44B in Annapolis.  I was elected to serve the district and work towards a better Maryland which is what I will continue to do with your support.  I want to thank each of you for your phone calls, emails and personal visits sharing with me what was important to you during this past session.  It is only through our communications that will I know what is important to you.

This was an exciting year for me as I was appointed to the House Judiciary committee.  I was also appointed to the Criminal Justice subcommittee, and the Civil Law and Procedure subcommittee of the Judiciary committee.  In addition, I was appointed to the Baltimore County delegation’s Public Safety subcommittee and served on the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland’s Executive Board as an at-large member.

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Maryland Moves To Change State Privacy Law To Allow Body Camera Use By Police

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By: Matt Bush

Police chiefs across Maryland warn that body cameras on officers will not be effective until a change is made in state law, and now a bill making that change has cleared the House of Delegates.

Maryland's wiretapping law currently requires two-party consent to record audio. So in the case of an officer wearing a body camera, the officer would have to ask anyone they approach if it's okay to record them. If that person says no, then there's only video.

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State Roundup, March 17, 2015

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By Cynthia Prairie
Maryland Reporter

VOTING RIGHTS FOR EX-FELONS: Ex-felons could regain their voting rights while on parole or probation under a bill passed Monday night by the Maryland Senate. The vote for SB340 was 29 to 18, with senators split over the wisdom of letting ex-felons register before they've fully completed all the terms of their sentences, as the law now requires, Timothy Wheeler reports in the Sun.

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