Rep. Speedy’s personal liberty bill passes House
STATEHOUSE — A bill authored by State Representative Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis) concerning unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement passed the Indiana House of Representatives Thursday by a vote of 87-3.
House Bill (HB) 1384 prohibits a police officer from downloading information from a telecommunications device such as a cell phone without the owner’s consent, unless otherwise authorized by a search warrant or similar measure.
Police officers are currently prohibited from outright confiscating telecommunications devices, but there is no such provision stopping police officers from forcing citizens to turn over information on the phone without consent. Rep. Speedy has worked to make sure the liberties of Hoosiers are progressing as fast as these emerging technologies.
“Protecting the privacy of personal property should be near the top of every legislator’s list of priorities, for the price of liberty is eternal vigilance,” said Rep. Speedy. “House Bill 1384 just further enforces that Indiana has a strong interest in safeguarding its citizens against unwarranted searches and seizures.”
HB 1384 will move to the Senate for further discussion and debate. To find the most up-to-date bill status, visit www.in.gov/legislative.