Supporters call it an improvement because, until now, there hasn't been any state law governing police video. Officials could simply label it a personnel record and refuse to release it.
But opponents say it makes it too difficult for the public to access video in controversial cases, such as the Sept. 20 shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte. In that case, police said Scott refused to drop a gun, while his family insisted he was never holding a gun. The pieces of video the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have released are inconclusive.
Some lawmakers who supported the bill now say it may need to be revised.
Another new law protects students' online data. It forbids third-party websites, schools and other parties from selling or renting the data to others.
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