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Lawmakers propose taking mug shots offline

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Mark Siebenmorgen, the man in this infamous mug shot, was arrested on menacing charges in 2010, but eventually found not guilty. Mark Siebenmorgen, the man in this infamous mug shot, was arrested on menacing charges in 2010, but eventually found not guilty.
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon lawmakers are proposing a plan to keep an arrested person's face off the internet.

A public hearing is scheduled April 9 for House Bill 3467, which would prohibit law enforcement agencies from publishing mug shots online of people who've been charged with a crime.

The bill summary says it covers all "photographic records."

Currently, mug shots for Oregon arrests are posted on a number of official jail websites and distributed to news outlets. The photos are also posted on various websites not affiliated with the media or any law enforcement agency.

The proposal would require anyone seeking a mug shot to submit a written request in person at the arresting law enforcement agency's office. Each request would also be limited to one arrested person.

The bill states it would not affect the disclosure of details regarding criminal cases.

The full proposal can be found at www.leg.state.or.us.

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