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Utah bill, inspired by unsolved murder, keeps HOAs from prohibiting security cameras

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Linda Nemelka was shot, apparently at random, while she sat in her car in the driveway of a home in Millcreek in March of 2020. (Photo: KUTV File)

Legislation that would make it so homeowners' associations in Utah can't prohibit security cameras is headed to Gov. Spencer Cox's desk.

The bill, filed by Sen. Curt Bramble (R-Provo), was inspired by the unsolved murder of Linda Nemelka.

The 57-year-old mother was shot, apparently at random, while she sat in her car in the driveway of a home on Red Sage Court in Millcreek, Utah.

Part of the frustration with her mother's case is the lack of video evidence, Nemelka's daughter Sarah Mansfield told 2News in September. She attributed it to a restriction on outdoor surveillance cameras in the HOA where the murder occurred.

"It may have helped the police, or even, possibly, have prevented the crime if they had been allowed in the first place," Mansfield said.

Bramble (R-Provo) told 2News he planned to file legislation clarifying state statutes about surveillance cameras and HOAs.

Mansfield told 2News this week there are no new leads in her mother's murder case. Nemelka's family are pleased HOAs in Utah won't be able to prohibit external security cameras any longer.

I'm just glad that people in HOAs have the right to make themselves and their communities safer," Mansfield said.
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