The House approved legislation from Rep. Beau LaFave to require Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation officers to wear a body-worn camera while on duty. LaFave says, “I get a lot of complaints in my office about alleged improprieties with DNR officers.”

Since the 1960s, in-car dash cameras have been standard use for law enforcement. Within the past decade, body-worn cameras have become more and more popular with law enforcement and the public. Those who have used the body-worn cameras have found that cameras provide a layer of protection for everybody. House Bill 4969 specifically amends the Conservation Officer Duties and Privileges Act by requiring DNR officers to wear a body camera while enforcing laws.