HB 1190 -- MAINTAINING POLICE RECORDS
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass by consent" by the Committee on
Crime Prevention and Public Safety by a vote of 13 to 0.
This bill repeals provisions regarding the maintaining of police
records in municipalities located within Jackson County,
Jefferson County, St. Charles County, and St. Louis County.
FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds in FY 2013, FY 2014, and
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that requiring certain municipalities
to make and store paper copies of all police records is
burdensome, redundant, and unnecessary. With today's technology
and the current system of sharing information between departments
and the highway patrol, these paper records are not required or
helpful. The time and expense of making paper copies,
transferring them over to storage, and storing them indefinitely
is wasteful. If a record is ordered expunged, often the paper
records in storage regarding this incident are not being
destroyed as required. Adequate electronic backups have been in
place for some time and there already is a separate requirement
to maintain records for a specified period of time. If a
municipality chooses to continue with a paper backup system, the
bill will not prevent it from doing so.
Testifying for the bill were Representative Allen; and State
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.
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