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Laws and Legislation

McAuliffe vetoes police bills, ACLU promises lawsuit

McAuliffe vetoes police bills, ACLU promises lawsuit

RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced vetoes Friday for bills meant to rein in police surveillance, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia quickly promised a lawsuit to prevent police from storing large swaths of data from license plate readers.

McAuliffe said he feared both versions of legislation that the General Assembly sent his way last month were rife with potential unintentional consequences, and that the way they defined license plate numbers would have required the state to shut down traffic and tolling cameras.

Advocates disagreed with the governor's interpretation, and with his insistence that the bills were not fully thought through.