Unmanned aircraft systems; delayed notice of search warrant to deploy. (HB2552)

Introduced By

Del. Emily Brewer (R-Suffolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unmanned aircraft systems; delayed notice of search warrant to deploy. Provides that a law-enforcement officer who applies for a search warrant from a judicial officer to deploy an unmanned aircraft system may request that any notice of the search warrant be delayed for a period of up to 30 days if (i) the judicial officer finds reasonable cause to believe that providing immediate notification of the execution of the warrant may (a) endanger the life or physical safety of an individual, (b) cause a person to flee from prosecution, (c) cause the destruction of or tampering with potential evidence, (d) cause intimidation of potential witnesses, or (e) otherwise jeopardize an investigation or unduly delay a trial; (ii) the warrant prohibits the seizure of any tangible property or the interception of any wire, electronic, or oral communications; and (iii) the search utilizing an unmanned aircraft system is executed by a law-enforcement officer. The bill provides that upon the expiration of the period of delay of notification, the law-enforcement officer who executed the search shall serve a copy of the executed search warrant on the person who was searched or whose property was searched. Read the Bill »


01/16/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Courts of Justice Committee


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103317D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)

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