ILLINOIS — State Rep. John Cabello has just introduced House Bill 3447 which would require all elected officials in Illinois to wear body cameras.
House Bill 3447 creates the Public Official Body Camera Act. Provides that the State Board of Elections shall develop rules for the use of body cameras by public officials of the State. Specifies requirements concerning the use of body cameras. Provides that recordings made with the use of a body camera worn by a public official are not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Provides that the recordings may be used as evidence in any administrative, judicial, legislative, or disciplinary proceeding. Provides that if a court or other finder of fact finds by a preponderance of the evidence that a recording was intentionally not captured, destroyed, altered, or intermittently captured in violation of the Act, then the court or other finder of fact shall consider or be instructed to consider that violation in weighing the evidence, unless the State provides a reasonable justification. Makes conforming changes to the Freedom of Information Act.
The intent of the bill would be to reduce corruption, but Cabello acknowledges his idea has virtually no chance of winning approval. The concept would be similar to what law enforcement does, except there will be no one person going through all of the recordings. It’s more of if someone makes an allegation or a complaint, you’ll at least have some footage to go through.
“If they want to be an elected official, they should be following the law,” Cabello told the Pekin Times. “If they don’t want to, I think they ultimately shouldn’t be an elected official. We would find ways of being able to remove them.”
State Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford, is willing to consider Cabello’s proposal.
Referred to Rules Committee (on 2/15/2019)