Another Look at Cameras for Cops in Kansas
August 4, 2015

(AP) – Kansas legislators are reopening their debate over requiring body cameras for police, and a key Republican says he’s determined to resolve issues that kept lawmakers from enacting such a policy.

Local officials and law enforcement groups remained concerned Tuesday about the potential costs and limiting access to the recordings.

Such proposals have been a response to the Aug. 9, 2014, fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old who had scuffled with a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Body-camera proposals introduced earlier this year in the Kansas House and Senate did not clear committee.

A joint committee plans to study the issue this summer and fall. Chairman and Republican Rep. John Rubin of Shawnee says requiring body cameras protects the public while also shielding officers from unwarranted allegations of misconduct

Cop Camera Law Looks Promising in Kansas
January 19, 2015

(AP) – Legislation requiring Kansas law enforcement officers to be equipped with body cameras has gained bipartisan support in the first days of the new session, but questions about costs have raised some concerns.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports a bill backed by Democratic Rep. Gail Finney of Wichita likely will be considered in the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee, whose chairman supports the cameras but thinks the measure might be an unfunded mandate.
Democratic Sen. David Haley of Kansas City is pushing a similar proposal.
Finney says Wichita has experienced a number of officer-involved shootings and could potentially have an incident like in Ferguson, Missouri, where sometimes violent protests followed the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.