DENVER (AP) – Colorado House lawmakers approved legislation that would require commercial websites to remove people’s mug shots if the person was found innocent of the crime for which they were arrested.

The House approved the bill Tuesday and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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Boulder Democratic Rep. K.C. Becker says her bill seeks to address websites that make money by posting people’s mug shots, and then charging for their removal.

Opponents of Becker’s bill have raised concerns that the legislation infringes on constitutional rights to free speech. Becker says she’s trying to help people who are harmed by having their mug shots posted for profit, and then have trouble finding jobs.

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Georgia and Utah have passed laws addressing the issue.

LINK: House Bill 47

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