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Bill Detail: HB19-1235

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Title Limit Encryption Of Dispatch Radio Communications
Status House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (04/03/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
  • Local Government
  • State Government
House Sponsors K. Van Winkle (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee Transportation and Local Government
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 03/12/2019
Description

The bill requires each entity of the state government and each
entity of the government of each city, county, and city and county,
including special districts, (governmental entity) to broadcast its dispatch
radio communications without encryption such that the communications
may be monitored by commercially available radio receivers and scanners
or online; except that:

  • A governmental entity may encrypt all tactical radio
communications or investigative radio communications so
long as the encryption is necessary to preserve the tactical
integrity of an operation, protect the safety of law
enforcement officers or other emergency responders, or
prevent the destruction of property; and
  • An investigative unit of a governmental entity engaged in
the investigation of criminal conduct or potential criminal
conduct may encrypt its radio communications.
The bill does not restrict the encryptions of the department of
corrections or the division of youth services within the department of
human services.

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