Rhode Island lawmakers are debating a bill aimed at regulating the use of automated license plate readers throughout the state. If passed, officials would be granted the right to use the readers to identify stolen vehicles, vehicles associated with wanted, missing, or endangered individuals, and any vehicle associated with a suspect in an ongoing violent felony or domestic violence case. The bill would prohibit the use of the cameras for producing images of vehicle occupants or pedestrians and would require law enforcement to maintain a public log of their use. Under the bill, Attorney General Peter Neronha would have the power to take legal action against agencies that violate the law. The cameras have already been in use in several communities.

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