A Republican lawmaker’s bill limiting bloggers who film police looks to be on life support after reaping strong opposition from the state’s largest police officers’ union.
The proposal would incriminate people who film police activity within 25 feet, or within 100 feet if the person is carrying a handgun.
Traditional news media would be exempted from the Class B misdemeanor charge, said Dallas Rep. Jason Villalba, who has said that the bill targets “independent bloggers who are focused on keeping law enforcement accountable.”
Villalba’s bill was set to have a hearing Thursday, his 44th birthday, but he withdrew the bill from the committee agenda. That came a day after he heard complaints from the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas.