Installation of a pen register or trap and trace device; emergency circumstances. (SB833)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Installation of a pen register or trap and trace device; emergency circumstances. Provides that when disclosure of real-time location data is not prohibited by federal law, an investigative or law-enforcement officer may obtain a pen register or trap and trace device installation without a court order in certain emergency circumstances. The bill provides that when a pen register or trap and trace device is installed without a court order under such circumstances, the investigative or law-enforcement officer shall file with the appropriate court, within three days of seeking such installation, a written statement setting forth the facts giving rise to the emergency and the reasons why the installation of the pen register or trap and trace device was believed to be important in addressing the emergency. The bill also provides that real-time location data may be obtained without a warrant from a provider of electronic communication service or remote computing service in order to locate a child who is reasonably believed to have been abducted or to be missing and endangered. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/15/2018Presented and ordered printed 18104381D
01/15/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/2018Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
01/23/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2018Read second time and engrossed
01/25/2018Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Placed on Calendar
01/29/2018Read first time
01/29/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/19/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/23/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Committee substitute printed 18107405D-H1
02/27/2018Read second time
02/28/2018Read third time
02/28/2018Committee substitute agreed to18107405D-H1
02/28/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB833H1
02/28/2018Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/28/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2018House substitute agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2018Title replaced 18107405D-S1
03/06/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB833ER)
03/06/2018Signed by Speaker
03/09/2018Signed by President
03/15/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 15, 2018
03/15/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 667 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0667)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 6 minutes.