Say you live in a neighborhood where there is a power or waste-treatment plant nearby. You notice some toxic nastiness spewing out, so you decide to document said spewage by recording it with photos or video. If lawmakers in New Jersey get their way, you’ve just committed a crime that could put you in jail for 18 months:
The state Senate Law and Public Safety Committee is expected to discuss a bill today which would make it a crime — punishable by up to 18 months in jail — to photograph, videotape or otherwise record for an extended period of time a power generation, waste treatment, public sewage, water treatment, public water, nuclear or flammable liquid storage facility, as well as any airport in the state.
At the very least, it will allow law enforcement officials across the state to detain the individual or confiscate any recorded materials to further their investigation, according to state Sen. Fred Madden, D-4 of Turnersville, who is the bill’s sponsor.
Opponents of the bill said it “makes no sense” and is “awful.”