Kansas lawmakers to again consider policy on police body cameras

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers will study instituting a statewide policy requiring law enforcement officers to wear body cameras. A similar proposal failed to gain traction last spring.

Rep. John Rubin, a Shawnee Republican, will hold a hearing next week of a joint committee on corrections and juvenile justice oversight. He supports police body cameras.

The Kansas City Star reports that the issue has bipartisan support but lawmakers don’t agree on the specifics. For example, the committee will consider whether to require all levels of law enforcement to use body-worn cameras, how to pay for them and rules about the storage and access of recordings,

In Missouri last year, some lawmakers stalled a statewide requirement for body-worn cameras because they did not believe the state should impose an unfunded mandate.