Body camera legislation idles in the Statehouse

Members of the General Assembly have not reached an agreement on the changes made to a bill that requires all law enforcement officers wear body cameras.

COLUMBIA — House members disagreed Tuesday with the changes the Senate made to a bill equipping South Carolina’s law enforcement officers with body cameras, delaying its passing with just five days left in the legislative session.

Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Tommy Pope, R-York, said members of both chambers will have to address a “number of issues” on the different versions of the bill in a yet-to-be-scheduled conference committee.

The current draft of the bill — renamed after Walter Scott, who was shot in the back while fleeing a North Charleston police officer — gives the state six months to study the use of police body cameras and then allows another six months to put it into practice. The Senate bill calls for quicker action.