California legislators are moving closer to taking a vote on a bill that would require officers to obtain a warrant to search a cell phone, reversing a state Supreme Court decision earlier this year.

The bill, known as SB914 and sponsored by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), would overturn the January ruling that allowed officers to search the contents of a cell phone they take from anyone they arrest without obtaining a warrant.

Members of the Peace Officers Research Association of California have come out in opposition to the bill, saying cell phones contain vital information about crimes in progress that could be deleted by the suspect.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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