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File #: BL2021-841    Name:
Type: Bill (Ordinance) Status: Second Reading
File created: 7/27/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 11/2/2021 Final action:
Title: An ordinance amending Section 13.08.080 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to pertaining to the use of License Plate Scanner (LPR) Technology in the public rights-of-way.
Sponsors: Dave Rosenberg, Bob Mendes, Zulfat Suara, Sandra Sepulveda, Freddie OConnell, Emily Benedict, Ginny Welsch, Sean Parker, Mary Carolyn Roberts, Delishia Porterfield
Attachments: 1. BL2021-841
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An ordinance amending Section 13.08.080 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to pertaining to the use of License Plate Scanner (LPR) Technology in the public rights-of-way.

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WHEREAS, the use of LPRs in Davidson County represents a significant intensification of resident surveillance; and
WHEREAS, and use of LPRs should be done in a measured manner that permits the Council maximum flexibility to reevaluate the way the technology is used; and
WHEREAS, a recent study published by the United States Department of Justice found "significantly lower levels of trust in police" among test subjects who encountered mentions of law enforcement using LPRs as compared to a control group; and
WHEREAS, the Vallejo (California) Police Department found that 37 percent of "hits" from fixed LPRs were, in fact, misreads, some of which led to unwarranted stops and traumatic encounters; and
WHEREAS, data from LPRs is scheduled to become subject to Tennessee's Public Records Act; and
WHEREAS, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracts with LPR operators to target deportations; and
WHEREAS, there are recorded instances of law enforcement using LPRs to surveil Muslim communities and target suspected gang members despite such lists being notoriously far-reaching and unreliable; and
WHEREAS, license plate readers can lead criminals to modify their behavior, such as stealing plates with greater frequency or obscuring their license plates, to thwart any benefit of these devices; and
WHEREAS, the abuse of license plate reader data can be mitigated by limiting reader use to those that are mobile in nature and by implementing policies that regulate the use of mobile readers.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:
Section 1. That Section 13.08.080 of the Metropolitan Code is hereby amended by deleting Subsection G in its entirety and replacing it with the following:
1. It is lawful for the Metropolitan Go...

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