A bill to create a task force on police body cameras which was scheduled to go to committee tomorrow has been shelved indefinitely. Senator Shirley Turner (D-15), the bill’s sponsor in the Senate, requested that the hearing be canceled and the bill removed from consideration because of its similarity to a directive from New Jersey’s Attorney General last summer.
An identical version of the bill Turner sponsored would have gone to an Assembly committee Thursday with Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-4) as sponsor.
The directive from acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman called for uniform standards in requirements for keeping the cameras on, when officers may turn off the cameras, explaining to the public how the cameras are used and under what circumstances the footage may be unarchived or released.
Though the body camera bill not be on the roster tomorrow, law enforcement will still dominate the agenda as Benjie Wimberly’s (D-35) bill enacting new diversity standards in New Jersey police departments sees testimony before the Law and Public Safety Committee at 2 PM.