Legislative Alert – Law Enforcement Search Powers Bill (SB771) Scheduled for Senate Hearing: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 1:15 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 229
415 South Beretania Street

SB771 would require law enforcement officers and officers of justice to request and obtain a person’s voluntary and informed consent prior to conducting a search of the person, the person’s belongings, the person’s residence, or the person’s vehicle when conducting the search without a search warrant. SB771 would also provide an exception for law enforcement officers or officers of justice who have probable cause to believe that a person is armed and presents a danger to the officer’s safety.

For more information on SB771, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

Although late testimony can be submitted on the day of the hearing, testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior to the hearing may not be posted online or distributed to the committee prior to the convening of the public hearing. In-person testimony is also accepted for those present during the hearing.

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