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Audio-taping bill reconsidered by Maryland Senate

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to reconsider an audio-taping measure that was rejected by lawmakers on Monday in a 23-22 vote.

Supporters of the bill countered saying the measure intruded on passengers' rights to privacy. Photo: Kevin Jaako via Creative Commons

The bill, voted for reconsideration on Tuesday, prohibits the Maryland Transportation Authority from using audio-taping devices to record the conversations of passengers on transit vehicles.

The legislation now goes back to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee where its merits will again be considered.

Baltimore Senators voted unanimously against bill on Monday arguing that their constituents, who disproportionately use MTA buses, deserve the additional layer of safety the audio devices would provide.

Supporters of the bill countered saying the measure intruded on passengers' rights to privacy.

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