Body camera bill passes House

TOPEKA, Kan. A bill related to the release of body camera video has passed the Kansas House before being discussed in the Senate.

The bill allows families and those associated with the body camera video to see that video within 20 days if a request is made to do so.

The original bill had two parts: determining when the family of someone in the body cam video could get the footage and when the public could get access to it.

After negotiations, lawmakers decided to just attach the family part of the bill, saying a family member should get the video within 20 days of a request.

Representative Jim Ward (D) Wichita says this was the easiest part of the issue.

"We made a good firs step," he says. "What we've done is eliminated a problem where police departments wouldn't let families see the video of someone who was injured or killed in police custody or interactions with police."

Ward says those who are pushing for more transparency will be back next year to push for regulations on when the public can get the video.