House Joint Resolution 1 - Introduced HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 1 BY RIZER HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution 1 of the State of Iowa relating to searches and seizures of 2 electronic communications and data. 3 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 1459YH (2) 87 jm/rj
H.J.R. 1 Section 1. The following amendment to the Constitution of 1 the State of Iowa is proposed: 2 Section 8 of Article I of the Constitution of the State of 3 Iowa is amended beginning July 1, 2021, to read as follows: 4 Personal security —— searches and seizures. SEC. 8. The 5 right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, 6 papers , and effects, and electronic communications and data, 7 against unreasonable seizures and searches shall not be 8 violated; and no warrant shall issue but on probable cause, 9 supported by oath or affirmation, particularly describing the 10 place to be searched, and the persons and things to be seized , 11 and the electronic communications and data to be accessed . 12 Sec. 2. REFERRAL AND PUBLICATION. The foregoing proposed 13 amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa is referred 14 to the general assembly to be chosen at the next general 15 election for members of the general assembly, and the secretary 16 of state is directed to cause the proposed amendment to be 17 published for three consecutive months previous to the date of 18 that election as provided by law. 19 EXPLANATION 20 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 21 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 22 This joint resolution proposes an amendment to the 23 Constitution of the State of Iowa relating to searches and 24 seizures of electronic communications and data. 25 The amendment to the Constitution provides that a person’s 26 electronic communications and data shall be secure against 27 unreasonable searches and seizures and that such communications 28 and data shall only be subject to search and seizure if a 29 warrant under oath based upon probable cause has first been 30 issued. 31 The resolution, if adopted, would be published and then 32 referred to the next general assembly (Eighty-eighth) for 33 adoption, before being submitted to the electorate for 34 ratification. 35 -1- LSB 1459YH (2) 87 jm/rj 1/ 2
H.J.R. 1 The resolution, if adopted and ratified by the electorate, 1 would take effect July 1, 2021. 2 -2- LSB 1459YH (2) 87 jm/rj 2/ 2