Senate Committee Discusses Statewide Repository for Body Camera Storage

March 14, 2022

A bill would require the state to provide local law enforcement agencies with storage for body camera footage.

SF 3723 (Sen. Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove), a bill that could lower city costs for body camera storage, was passed unanimously by the Senate Technology and Reform Policy Committee on March 10.

The bill was referred to the Senate Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee. No House companion has been introduced yet.

Bill specifics

The bill would require Minnesota IT Services to serve as the state repository for the collection, maintenance, use, access, and dissemination of body camera data for law enforcement agencies. Police departments with body cameras would no longer have to pay for storage under this bill because it would be paid for by the state.

The bill would also transfer the responsibilities of audits from cities to the Office of the State Auditor.

No fiscal note has been provided yet, so it is undetermined how much it would cost the state to provide this central repository for body camera storage. 

Bill supporters

The Minnesota Chiefs of Police, Minnesota Sheriffs Association, and the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) all support this bill.

The League will continue to monitor this bill.

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