California lawmakers have approved a bill that would require officers to obtain a warrant before searching the contents of a subject's cell phone or wireless device.
The bill, which was introduced by San Francisco-area Sen. Mark Leno, would override a state Supreme Court ruling in January that permitted the search after a lawful arrest. Any incriminating texts, e-mails or other sensitive data can be taken as evidence.
Leno's bill would become law if it's signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who has until Oct. 9 to approve it.