Proposed changes to the Illinois “eavesdropping law” is getting backlash because it could discourage people from making video recordings of law-enforcement officers.

Reports indicate that Senate Bill 1342 is too broad and causes confusion on whether civilians can record law enforcement officers.

The bill states that a person can be arrested and charged with secretly recording oral communication between two or more persons where one party, including police, had a “reasonable expectation of privacy.”

The Illinois state supreme court previously allowed filming and recording of police while on duty in public. The proposed change could leave a loophole that would allow a civilian to be criminally charged for filming or recording police.

Illinois legislators have sent a bill to the governor’s desk that would make it difficult if not impossible for citizens to know whether they are allowed to record a police officer making an arrest in many cases.

If charged with illegally filming or recording police, the offender could face four years in prison.

Filming and recording law enforcement officers has become a hot-button issue in the past several months. Police officers on Staten Island, N.Y., were caught on cell phone video putting Eric Garner in what appeared to be a chokehold, killing him. A grand jury in that case decided not to put the officer involved on trial.

A plethora of videos in which police are caught on camera in unfair confrontations with civilians can be found on websites such as YouTube. With the public armed with a new generation of cell phone cameras that take clear video, there is no escaping being seen.

The advocacy group Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras is calling on Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to veto the new changes. The group said the proposal teeters too close to violating First Amendment rights.

“We feel very strongly that the exceptions to the new eavesdropping law, which criminalizes the recording of police, do not clearly state whether interactions with police at peaceful protests are exempt from being filmed,” said Mark Wallace, the group’s director.

However, elected officials in Illinois are assuring citizens that recording police if they are believed to be acting unfairly won’t be against the law with the proposed changes.

“I fully support the right of citizens to record public officials and agree with state and federal courts that have upheld the right of citizens to do so,” said Illinois Congresswoman Elaine Nekritz, who is sponsoring the legislation. “An on-duty police officer does not have an expectation of privacy, particularly when doing his job in public. This was specifically discussed by the sponsors on the floor during debate, and it was made clear that this bill permits people to record law enforcement while engaged in their duties, provided the conversation isn’t private.”