Colorado State Capitol. Photo by L. Chang 

Colorado, U.S. state legislatures have introduced a new bill that, if signed into law, will prevent law enforcement officers from interfering with citizens who are photographing or recording police activity. It is House Bill 15-1290, and it comes at a time when Texas has proposed its own bill on the topic, but with a draconian slant: it penalizes citizens that film or photograph police actions within 25 feet of the incident.

Colorado's new bill was introduced this month, and if it goes through, it will enable citizens to partake in police oversight by way of photography and video recordings. According to the bill, a police officer cannot destroy a recording, interfere with a recording, or seize it without consent or a warrant.

If an officer acts outside of the bounds of the law, the affected person will receive $15,000, actual damages, and will have his or her legal costs covered. The bill is said to largely be the result of increasing incidents where police officers demand cameras from people who are recording them, or who in some way destroy or delete the data. Colorado Democratic Rep. Joe Salazar, the bill's co-sponsor, has called such actions 'unacceptable conduct'.

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the Texas bill limited photography to 15 feet away from an incident, we've corrected it to 25 feet.