First Responder Photo Restriction Bill Moves Forward
First responders could soon be banned from photographing people they're assisting in a measure just passed by the State Senate. The measure, introduced by Senator Chris Connors, would also make sharing the photos without consent a disorderly persons offense, punishable by six months of jail time and a $1,000 fine. It could also open first responders up to a civil suit. An identical bill (A789) is going into the second reading in the State Assembly which was introduced by 9th District Assembly members Brian Rumf and Dianne Gove.
The Lawmakers introduced the measure following the fatal automobile accident on Route 72 in Barnegat in October 23, 2009. A volunteer first responder posted the images on Facebook before family members were notified.