DES MOINES — The Iowa House tackled constitutional issues Wednesday with measures to amend the Iowa Constitution to protect Iowans’ data on electronic devices and another calling for a convention of the states to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government.
The first, House Joint Resolution 1, would protect Iowans against search and seizure of electronic communications and devices without a warrant.
“Just as the government shouldn’t be able to go through your personal files without a warrant, it shouldn’t be able to access your electronic files either,” said Rep. Ken Rizer, R-Cedar Rapids. Iowa would be the fourth state to create such a protection. The amendment would update citizens’ search and seizure protections, “protecting our right to private communications and our right to data privacy,” Rizer said.