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CS/SB 470: Searches of Cellular Phones and Other Electronic Devices

GENERAL BILL by Criminal Justice ; Brandes ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Bracy

Searches of Cellular Phones and Other Electronic Devices; Expanding the grounds for issuance of a search warrant to include content held within a cellular phone, portable electronic communication device, or microphone-enabled household device when such content constitutes evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed; adopting the constitutional protection against unreasonable interception of private communications by any means for purposes of obtaining a search warrant; prohibiting the use of certain communication content in any trial, hearing or other proceeding which was obtained without a specified warrant, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Last Action: 3/14/2020 Senate - Died in Judiciary
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF
Senate Committee References:
  1. Criminal Justice (CJ)
  2. Judiciary (JU)
  3. Rules (RC)

Bill History

Date Chamber Action
10/7/2019 Senate • Filed
11/1/2019 Senate • Referred to Criminal Justice; Judiciary; Rules -SJ 36
11/5/2019 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Criminal Justice, 11/12/19, 10:30 am, 37 Senate Building
11/12/2019 Senate • CS by Criminal Justice; YEAS 5 NAYS 0 -SJ 134
11/13/2019 Senate • Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute)
11/18/2019 Senate • Now in Judiciary
1/14/2020 Senate • Introduced -SJ 36
• CS by Criminal Justice read 1st time -SJ 125
3/14/2020 Senate • Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration
• Died in Judiciary