SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah lawmakers have sent a bill to Gov. Gary Herbert that aims to prevent people from posting mug shots online and charging high prices to remove the images.
The Utah Legislature gave final approval to the measure on Thursday before adjourning.
The proposal bars county sheriffs from handing out a booking photograph unless the person requesting it signs a statement swearing they will not place it in a publication or on a website that charges people to remove the photos.
In January, Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder stopped displaying mug shots online because he says websites were displaying them and charging former inmates a removal fee. Some of the sites charge hundreds of dollars and fail to follow through.
The measure now awaits a signature or veto from Herbert.