Feb 1, 2022 - News

Metro Council to decide fate of license plate readers

Photo: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images

Photo: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images

A razor-thin vote is expected this evening when the Metro Council considers a police-backed bill to allow the implementation of license plate readers (LPRs).

  • Mayor John Cooper's administration began calling council members over the weekend in support of the legislation, but opponents have ramped up their efforts as well.
  • Cooper "believes a pilot exploration of LPR technology could provide effective tools against crime, including auto thefts and hit-and-run crashes, though deployment must be respectful of privacy and individual liberties," spokesperson Andrea Fanta tells Axios.

Why it matters: The legislation, sponsored by councilmember Courtney Johnston, allows LPRs to be used in a variety of investigations and initiatives.

  • It is less restrictive than an alternative bill sponsored by councilmember Dave Rosenberg.

What we're watching: The council will also vote on whether to recommend $70 million for economic development projects in underserved neighborhoods, particularly North Nashville and Bordeaux.

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