Posting mug shots online for profit would be subject to criminal penalties under a bill advanced in the Colorado Senate.
The Senate gave initial approval to the bill Monday with a voice vote. A final vote is still needed but no one in the chamber spoke in opposition and the proposal is expected to pass.
The bill would make it illegal to obtain mug shots with the purpose of publishing them to charge for their removal. In some cases, companies charge hundreds of dollars. Colorado lawmakers have likened the practice to extortion.
Obtaining mug shots to make profit would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine.
States including Georgia and Utah have passed laws addressing companies that post mug shots to make money.