Legislature v. Polygraph Testing

The Judiciary Committee voluntarily deferred House Bill 96 on Thursday April 27 in hopes to thoroughly come up with wording that will please everyone for the bill to be passed.

The bill, presented by Representative Bacala, brought Chief Sherman Jackson from the police department in Gonzales.

“It’s very narrowly written,” said Bacala.

The language of the bill gives law enforcement the ability to find and use loopholes to turn polygraph testing sessions into interrogation without counsel present.  

“I think it is an interrogation tool. This is problematic, and I’m worried about it,” said Representative Hazel.

Wording will be changed to clarify that the polygraph is not a form of interrogation by stating that counsel and recording are not allowed during the testing.

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