HB253 (2021) Detail

Requiring law enforcement officers to use body-worn cameras and establishing a grant program to assist local law enforcement agencies to purchase body-worn cameras.


HB  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0049.0

08/10

 

HOUSE BILL 253-LOCAL

 

AN ACT requiring law enforcement officers to use body-worn cameras and establishing a grant program to assist local law enforcement agencies to purchase body-worn cameras.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Conley, Straf. 13; Rep. Mangipudi, Hills. 35; Rep. Wilhelm, Hills. 42; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Labranche, Hills. 22; Rep. Moran, Hills. 34

 

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill:

 

I.  Establishes the public safety enhancement fund.

 

II.  Requires all law enforcement officers to use body-worn cameras.

 

III.  Transfers one percent of the money from the penalty assessment fund to the public safety enhancement fund.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0049

08/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT requiring law enforcement officers to use body-worn cameras and establishing a grant program to assist local law enforcement agencies to purchase body-worn cameras.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Subparagraph; Application of Receipts; Public Safety Enhancement Fund.  Amend RSA 6:12, I(b) by inserting after subparagraph (364) the following new subparagraph:

(365)  Moneys deposited in the public safety enhancement fund established in RSA 105-D:3.

2  New Section; Public Safety Enhancement Fund.  Amend RSA 105-D by inserting after section 2 the following new section:

105-D:3  Public Safety Enhancement Fund.

I.  There is hereby established the public safety enhancement fund.  This fund shall be administered by the attorney general and shall be nonlapsing and continually appropriated to the department of justice. In addition to money deposited in this fund from the penalty assessment fund in RSA 106-L:10, grants and donations from federal and private sources may be deposited in this fund.  As provided for in this chapter, this fund shall be used to pay the costs of local, county, and state use of police body-worn cameras.

II.  Law enforcement agencies may apply to the department of justice for grants from the public safety enhancement fund.  Such grants shall be utilized to enhance public safety through the use of police worn body cameras.  The attorney general shall report 60 days after the close of each fiscal year to the governor and council and to the fiscal committee of the general court a detailed accounting of the grants provided to law enforcement agencies under this section by agency, including the department of safety, for the preceding fiscal year.

III.  The attorney general shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to:

(a)  The administration of the public safety enhancement fund.

(b)  The grant application procedures and forms to be used by law enforcement agencies.

3  Body-Worn Cameras Required.  Amend RSA 105-D:2, I to read as follows:

I.  [This chapter shall apply to any] All law enforcement [agency that elects to] agencies shall equip its law enforcement officers with body-worn cameras.  All BWCs shall be operated in a manner consistent with the provisions of this chapter.  Every law enforcement agency that elects to equip its officers with BWCs shall adopt policies and procedures relating to the use of BWCs and the retention and destruction of data consistent with this chapter.  Funding for BWCs shall be provided by the state in the form of grants from the public safety enhancement fund in RSA 105-D:3.

4  Body-Worn Cameras.  Amend RSA 105-D:2, XVIII to read as follows:

XVIII.  Any recording undertaken in violation of this chapter or any other applicable law shall be immediately destroyed and, whether destroyed or not, shall not be admissible as evidence in any criminal or civil legal or administrative proceeding, except in a proceeding against an officer for violating the provisions of this chapter or in a criminal proceeding where the evidence is exculpatory.  In a proceeding against an officer for violating the provisions of this chapter, the recording shall be destroyed at the conclusion of the proceeding and all appeals.  In a criminal proceeding where the evidence is exculpatory, the recording shall be destroyed at the conclusion of the proceeding and all related appeals, or upon a court order.

5  Penalty Assessments; Money for Public Safety Enhancement Fund.  Amend RSA 106-L:10, IV to read as follows:

IV.  The clerk of each court shall collect all penalty assessments and shall transmit the amount collected under paragraphs I-III to the state treasurer for deposit in the following funds.  The state treasurer shall deposit [66.66] 65.66 percent of the amount collected in the state general fund, 16.67 percent of the amount collected in the victims' assistance fund, [and] 16.67 percent of the amount collected in the judicial branch information technology fund, and 1 percent in the public safety enhancement fund.

6  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.

Links

HB253 at GenCourtMobile
HB253 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 8, 2021 House Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

HB253 Revision: 31583 Date: Jan. 9, 2021, 4:22 p.m.

Docket


Feb. 8, 2021: Public Hearing: 02/08/2021 10:30 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/95686681680 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.


Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety HJ 2 P. 41