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BALTIMORE (AP) - A resolution before a county council would urge Maryland's General Assembly to tighten the rules governing public access to police body camera footage.
The Baltimore Sun reports two Republican members of the Baltimore County Council introduced the measure to advocate for statewide legislation that would regulate public access to protect privacy.
The county announced last week that the police department had finished training and outfitting around 1,400 police officers with body cameras.

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There’s a new petition being circulated that calls on the Dorchester County schools restricting transgender students use of bathrooms or locker rooms.

WBOC reports that there are a 100 names so far on the petition with the group hoping to get 5-thousand.

The petition says that they were concerned about the safety and privacy of their children in the school locker rooms and bathrooms.

There has been no decision by the board on the issue but it could play a role in their decision.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland commission says recordings from police body cameras should be released as required by the state's public information act law.

The panel decided Tuesday it will also recommend that lawmakers review privacy matters relating to body cameras next year.

The 22-member commission debated a wide variety of policies relating to body cameras during a long day of discussions in Annapolis.

The recommendations will go to the Maryland Police Training Commission to form regulations by Jan. 1.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is joining a District of Columbia law firm when he finishes his second term in January.

Gansler announced Tuesday that he's joining BuckleySandler and will play a leading role in its government enforcement and litigation practices.

He also plans to help clients comply with regulatory expectations on cybersecurity and privacy.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sen. Christopher Shank says government agencies can learn a great deal about people by just tracking their movements via their cellphones and license plates. He says Maryland needs stricter privacy protections to keep pace with new surveillance technology.

Shank, R-Washington, presented to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Thursday two bills that would put new surveillance restrictions on the government. Parallel bills are pending in the House.