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Body Cameras Bill Heads To House Floor

U.S. Dept. of Justice/MGN, Cropped photo: Scott Davidson/MGN

A body cameras-related bill is now headed to the House floor, after passing its last committee Thursday.

Rep. Shevrin Jones (D-West Park) is the bill’s sponsor.

“The bill requires law enforcement agencies to provide policies and procedures as well as training to all personnel who use, maintain, store, or release body camera recording data,” said Jones, during the House Judiciary Committee meeting.

The passage of his measure comes a day after the family of Corey Jones advocated on behalf of the bill. Corey Jones—no relation to Representative Jones—was killed months ago by a South Florida plainclothes officer, while his car was stalled on the road. The family says they’d have answers by now had there been camera footage. Meanwhile, the body camera bill’s Senate companion passed its first committee Monday, and has two more stops to go.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.