JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Nearly everyone has what could be called an electronic diary like a cell phone or iPad.
State lawmakers are starting to debate whether police should be required to get a search warrant first before they take a look what you carry with you electronically.
"They should have a warrant," said Nancy Bethencourt, who depends on her cell phone.
Tntwan Green believes people have rights and that police have too much power.
"It's an invasion of privacy," said Green when asked if police should be able to search a cell phone without a warrant.
State Senator Jeff Brandes from St. Petersburg has introduced a bill that will lead lawmakers down this digital path.
"People should have a reasonable expectation of privacy with their cell phone," said Brandes, who has written the Senate version of the bill.
His bill does have exceptions: incidents involving national security, a missing child and cases where law enforcement believes someone is in danger of death.
Local defense attorney Lee Lockett is encouraged to hear lawmakers are taking a look at the electronic world as it relates to the Fourth Amendment that covers searches and seizures.
"The law relates to papers and effects. Doesn't that apply to cell phones, does that apply to tablets, does that apply to iPads? That's the big question," said Lockett.
Right now, no hearings have been scheduled for the bill that has identical versions in the House and Senate.
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