Search warrants; date and time of issuance, exceptions. (SB1475)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Execution of search warrants; emergency. Provides that a search warrant for the search of any place of abode shall be executed by initial entry of the abode only in the daytime hours between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. unless (i) a judge or a magistrate, if a judge is not available, authorizes the execution of such search warrant at another time for good cause shown by particularized facts in an affidavit or (ii) prior to the issuance of the search warrant, law-enforcement officers lawfully entered and secured the place to be searched and remained at such place continuously. The bill also provides that a law-enforcement officer shall make reasonable efforts to locate a judge before seeking authorization to execute the warrant at another time, unless circumstances require the issuance of the warrant after 5 p.m., in which case the law-enforcement officer may seek such authorization from a magistrate without first making reasonable efforts to locate a judge. The bill contains an emergency clause. Read the Bill »


03/01/2021: signed by governor


01/22/2021Presented and ordered printed 21103588D
01/22/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/01/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2021Reported from Judiciary with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Committee substitute printed 21104245D-S1
02/02/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Read second time
02/03/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/03/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21104245D-S1
02/03/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1475S1
02/03/2021Emergency clause added
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Passed Senate (38-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Placed on Calendar
02/05/2021Read first time
02/05/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Courts of Justice
02/09/2021Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/10/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 1-N)
02/12/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/12/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Read second time
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/17/2021Engrossed by House as amended
02/17/2021Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/17/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021House amendments agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1475ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Signed by Speaker
02/26/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 26, 2021
02/26/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/01/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 34 (effective 3/1/21)
03/01/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0034)