|Electronic data protection gains support|
|Written by Marianne Goodland|
A resolution to add “electronic data” to the Colorado constitution’s equivalent of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution got unanimous support in the past week from a Senate committee.
The Senate Judiciary Committee gave a 5-0 vote on April 23 to Senate Concurrent Resolution 14-002, sponsored by Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray) and Senate President Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora).
The resolution, which asks for voter approval in November, would add “electronic data” to the list of items protected from unreasonable search and seizure in Article 2, Section 7 of the Colorado constitution.
The resolution now goes to the full Senate. Two-thirds of the Senate, or 24 votes, are needed for the resolution to go on to the House.
While the committee was unanimous in its support of SCR 2, the legal community was not. Opposition came from the Colorado attorney general, police chiefs and the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council. The Colorado County Sheriffs’ Association, the Libertarian Party and the Colorado chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union all spoke in favor of SCR 2.
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