CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's House has overwhelmingly voted against letting police use license plate scanners, siding with those who argued the blanket surveillance infringed on innocent people's privacy.
The House voted 214-135 Wednesday to bar reconsidering the bill this year.
Supporters argued police could use the scanners to recover stolen license plates and vehicles, during Amber alerts and to find people who have defaulted on court appearances or have outstanding warrants against them.
Supporters said records would be purged from the system within three minutes unless the plate triggers action.
But opponents argued the devices erode residents' privacy and could have trouble reading some plates accurately. They said police could stop innocent people. They also said police want to keep records longer than three minutes, allowing them to track innocent people.
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