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.READ MORE: No Charges For Colorado Man Who Sent Anonymous Letters, Pictures To School Board Members
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.READ MORE: Frisco, Like Much Of Colorado, Waiting For A Good Dumping Of Snow
Georgia and Utah have passed laws addressing the issue.
LINK: House Bill 47
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