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Bill would require removal of mug shots online

4:41 PM, Jan 28, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers advanced a bill that would require commercial websites to remove a person's mug shot if they were never convicted of the crime for which they were arrested.

A House committee passed the bill on a 9-2 vote Tuesday.

Some websites require people to pay hundreds of dollars to remove their booking photos online. The proposal from Boulder Democratic Rep. K.C. Becker would require websites to take down booking photos at a person's request, for free, if they were never convicted. Becker's bill would not impose criminal penalties, but it would allow people to sue if their picture is not removed.

Similar laws have passed in Georgia and Utah, but opponents have raised First Amendment concerns.

Becker says she's trying to address instances where innocent people are being harmed.

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