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Van Hollen Weighs in Supporting Important Public Safety Legislation That Would Protect Officers and the Public

 

MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen submitted written testimony to the Senate Committee on Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources in support of legislation (AB-230) that would allow police officers to have, law enforcement purposes, real-time electronic access to photographic records stored by the Department of Transportation.  If enacted, the bill introduced by Representative Ann Hraychuck in the Assembly with bi-partisan co-sponsorship, would essentially marry new technology, which allows the state's centralized law enforcement electronic communications network (the TIME System) to transmit images, with existing public policy, which through law permits law enforcement to obtain DOT photographs but only by a written request.

 

"The proposed change in the law does not change what law enforcement can obtain and for what purposes," explained Van Hollen, "but it would change how quickly law enforcement can obtain the information.  Allowing officers to have access to photos in an instant, on-the-scene, makes officers safer and makes the public safer."

 

Gary Hamblin, Administrator of the Department of Justice's Division of Law Enforcement Services the Division that oversees the TIME System provided oral testimony supporting the testimony at today's hearing of the Senate Committee on Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources.

 

The bill passed the State Assembly on November 3, 2009 and must be passed by the State Senate and signed by the Governor to become law.

 

A copy of Attorney General Van Hollen's written submission is available at :

 

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