AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Republican Texas lawmaker wants to create strict buffer zones between police and “independent bloggers” who record police activity.READ MORE: US Supreme Court To Consider Controversial Texas Abortion Law
A bill by Dallas Rep. Jason Villalba’s would make it a Class B misdemeanor for anyone but news media to record police within 25 feet, or within 100 feet if the person carries a handgun.
Villalba said the bill was “primarily for independent bloggers who are focused on keeping law enforcement accountable.”
Traditional news media — including newspapers, magazines and licensed radio and television stations — would be allowed as close as 10 feet away.READ MORE: Texas Mother And Son Arrested In Wyoming For Murder In Oklahoma
Villalba said he supports more police accountability but proposed the bill for officers’ safety.
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Another Villalba bill would require police officers responding to family violence calls to record interactions.
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