SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois House has approved a proposal to allow people to audio record police officers and others in public.
The 71-45 vote came after Rep. Elaine Nekritz appeased police concerns that recordings could be manipulated and used against officers in court.
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Current state law prohibits public audio recording without the consent of everyone involved. Court action this spring has ruled that unconstitutional. A federal appeals court prohibited enforcement of the Illinois law earlier this month in advance of last weekend's NATO summit.
Nekritz is a Northbrook Democrat. She says Illinois must "modernize" its law. She says virtually no one would believe that pulling out a cell phone and recording on the street should be a felony crime.
The measure returns to the Senate.