Rhode Island lawmakers to vote on highway surveillance bill

September 18, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers are set to vote on a bill that would create a highway surveillance system to scan license plates.

WPRI-TV reports that the state Senate is scheduled to vote on the highly-contested bill Tuesday.

Sponsored by Democratic Rep. Robert Jacquard, the bill would allow the state to fine out-of-state drivers who don’t have car insurance. The system would be run by an unspecified private company.

Jacquard says the bill would help increase revenues, but several civil liberties groups and others have expressed privacy concerns.

Democratic Sen. Donna Nesselbush said during a June hearing the proposed system has a “spying overtone.” Jacquard says the data would be erased if the car is insured.

The bill would head to Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s desk if approved in Tuesday’s vote.


Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com