Assemblywoman PAMELA R. LAMPITT
District 6 (Burlington and Camden)
Assemblywoman VERLINA REYNOLDS-JACKSON
District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)
Assemblywoman Murphy, Assemblymen Howarth, Peters, Conaway and Assemblywoman Pintor Marin
Requires Attorney General to develop protocol for retaining footage from school surveillance system.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning the retention of video footage from school surveillance systems and supplementing chapter 41 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. No later than six months following the effective date of this act, the Attorney General, in consultation with the Commissioner of Education, shall develop a protocol regarding the retention of video footage from school surveillance systems. Matters to be addressed in the protocol shall include, but need not be limited to, the following: a minimum and maximum amount of time that footage may be retained; measures to be taken to limit access to the footage; and compliance with the “Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974,” (20 U.S.C. s.1232g). The Attorney General shall review the protocol annually and shall revise it as necessary.
b. Nothing in this act shall be construed to require a school district to install a school surveillance system.
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill requires that the Attorney General, in consultation with the Commissioner of Education, develop a protocol establishing policies regarding the retention of video footage from school surveillance systems. The protocol would address matters including, but not limited to:
· the amount of time that the video footage may be retained;
· measures to be taken to limit access to the footage; and
· compliance with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
The Attorney General would be required to review the protocol annually, and revise it as needed.