This story proves just how little police care about protests taking place across the country.
What started out as the “Electronic Monitoring Indigency Fund” (EMIF) or “DUI Monitoring Fund” has been transformed into a Kafkaesque, Tennessee state police highway surveillance program.
Originally, the EMIF provided financial reimbursement to installers to cover the costs by indigent participants required by a judge to have an electronic monitoring device installed in a vehicle.
The EMIF provides reimbursement to individuals or entities engaged in the business of manufacturing, selling, leasing, servicing or monitoring alcohol or drug monitoring devices (“Provider”). All Providers submitting interlock claims for reimbursement must be listed on the Department of Safety’s approved Provider list.
So, basically, the state is paying local governments 50% to encourage them to install alcohol monitoring devices in people’s vehicles.
The implementation of the local government matching grant program will require local governments that wish to utilize electronic monitoring devices other than ignition interlock devices to opt-in and cover 50% of claim expenses. This new process for payments will apply to any new claims submitted as a result of a court order issued on or after July 1, 2019.
Providing financial incentives to put corporate monitoring devices in people’s cars is horrible, but things are about to get a whole lot worse for Tennesseans.
If incentivizing installing monitoring devices in people’s cars is not enough to turn your stomach, I give you the latest version of Tennessee’s House Bill 2110 or EMIF.
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The latest version of EMIF has been transformed into an exclusive state police highway surveillance program.
No surveillance cameras shall be permitted on federal interstate highways except for Smart Way cameras, other intelligent transportation system cameras, or, when employees of the department or construction workers are present, surveillance cameras used to enforce or monitor traffic violations within work zones designated by the department of transportation; provided, that the cameras are operated only by a state entity.
This bill would transform the State Police into an exclusive taxpayer-funded surveillance entity.