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AB-1526 Wiretapping: authorization.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  February 24, 2014


Assembly Bill
No. 1526

Introduced by Assembly Member Holden

January 17, 2014

An act to amend Section 629.98 of the Penal Code, relating to wiretapping.


AB 1526, as amended, Holden. Wiretapping: authorization.
Existing law establishes a procedure for a prosecutor to apply for, and a court to issue, an order authorizing law enforcement to intercept a wire or electronic communication. Existing law requires the Attorney General to prepare and submit an annual report to the Legislature, the Judicial Council, and the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts regarding these interceptions, as specified. Existing law provides that a violation of these provisions is punishable as a misdemeanor with specified penalties, or as a felony. Existing law further provides that these provisions shall remain in effect until January 1, 2015.
This bill would extend the operation of these provisions until January 1, 2018 2020.
By extending the operation of provisions of law that create a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
 The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


 Section 629.98 of the Penal Code is amended to read:

 This chapter shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2018 2020, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 2.

  No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.