(Denver) – Two privacy protection measures co-sponsored by Republicans passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee today on bipartisan votes.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 002 (SCR14-002), sponsored by Senator Greg Brophy (R-Wray) and Senate President Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora) passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan 5-0 vote.
SCR14-002 would put a measure on the upcoming November ballot that would ask the voters to approve an amendment to the Colorado Constitution to protect citizens’ electronic data from unreasonable search and seizure.
“Republicans have made protecting personal privacy a main goal this legislative session and I’m glad to see this measure pass out of committee,” said Senator Brophy. “Coloradans should feel safe using their electronic devices and not scared that big government may be obtaining their personal information without a search warrant.”
Senate Bill 193 (SB14-193), sponsored by Senator Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud) and Senate President Morgan Carroll, also passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 4-1 bipartisan vote.
SB14-193 would prevent the government from acquiring an individual’s location information from an item such as a GPS receiver without first acquiring a warrant.
“Individuals have a right to personal privacy and this legislation further secures that right for the citizens of Colorado,” said Senator Kevin Lundberg. “I applaud the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing this bill and I urge every Senator to support it when it is heard in the Senate.”
Both SCR14-002 and SB14-193 will now be sent to the Senate for a full vote.
In the 2014 Legislative Session, Republicans have consistently promoted personal privacy issues. Senator Scott Renfroe’s (SB14-181) bill to ban traffic cameras has received wide bipartisan support and a bill to restrain passive surveillance sponsored by Senator Mark Scheffel (HB14-1152) was recently signed by Governor Hickenlooper.