Pennsylvania House approves audio recordings bill

Posted on December 19, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The state House has approved legislation that would permit the use of audio recordings on school buses, The Morning Call reports.

Under the bill, school boards would have to vote on a local policy outlining audiotaping rules, send parents written notices at the beginning of each school year about audio bus recordings and post warning placards on buses about audiotaping.

The state Senate had previously approved Senate Bill 57, but it only dealt with audio recordings on yellow buses. According to The Morning Call, when Senate Bill 57 moved to the House Judiciary Committee, it was amended to also allow police to use audio-equipped cameras anywhere except in a residence without prior court approval.

The amended bill now moves back to the Senate, which could vote on it next year. Sen. Rich Alloway, the bill’s prime sponsor, told The Morning Call that he did not think the law enforcement amendment would stop the Senate from approving the bill.

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