These bills would make it a crime for a person to come within a certain distance of a police officer performing duties if the person is told by the officer to stop moving or to move away. While these bills do not mention recording, it is clear that this is an attempt to break down First Amendment protections by making it impossible for citizens to observe and record police interactions in their communities. 

Whether it’s at a rally, a traffic stop, or during a police response to a mental health crisis, community members cannot hold police officers accountable if they cannot observe what is going on. The overbroad nature of these particular bills also makes them subject to abuse and misinterpretation. 

We strongly oppose these bills which would severely thwart attempts to build police accountability. 

HB 1186

SB 299

Authors

HB 1186: Rep. Wendy McNamara; SB 299: Sen. Linda Rogers

Status

Passed committee

Bill number

HB 1186 & SB 299

Position

Oppose