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Text of the Reasonable Policies on Automated License Plate Readers Act

This bill was introduced on August 2, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Aug 2, 2012 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6302

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 2, 2012

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to prohibit funding under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant program and the Public Safety and Community Policing grant program to be provided to law enforcement agencies that use license plate readers unless certain conditions are met.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Reasonable Policies on Automated License Plate Readers Act.

2.

Funding under Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant program and Public Safety and Community Policing grant program prohibited for use by law enforcement agencies that use license plate readers unless certain conditions met

(a)

Restriction under Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program

Section 501(d) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(3)

Any funds or other assistance to a law enforcement agency that uses an automated license plate reader, unless such law enforcement agency has developed written and binding policies for the use of the reader that ensure data collected by the reader—

(A)

is not stored for a period exceeding 30 days unless the data is being used in an active law enforcement investigation;

(B)

is not stored in a statewide database or other database that consolidates data from such readers; and

(C)

is shared with an entity other than the law enforcement agency that operates the reader only if—

(i)

the entity is another law enforcement agency;

(ii)

the data is to be used in an active law enforcement investigation; and

(iii)

the data is provided in response to a specific request for the data.

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(b)

Restriction under Public Safety and Community Policing grant program

Section 1701 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b), by striking The purposes and inserting Subject to subsection (l), the purposes; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(l)

Prohibited use

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, no funds provided under this part may be provided to or used, directly or indirectly, by a law enforcement agency that uses an automated license plate reader, unless such law enforcement agency has developed written and binding policies for the use of the reader that ensure data collected by the reader—

(1)

is not stored for a period exceeding 30 days unless the data is being used in an active law enforcement investigation;

(2)

is not stored in a statewide database or other database that consolidates data from such readers; and

(3)

is shared with an entity other than the law enforcement agency that operates the reader only if—

(A)

the entity is another law enforcement agency;

(B)

the data is to be used in an active law enforcement investigation; and

(C)

the data is provided in response to a specific request for the data.

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(c)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to funds provided for grant periods beginning on or after the date that is 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.