Santa Fe, NM - This week, the House of Representatives unanimously approved Senate Bill 61, a bill to enhance privacy protections for the personal electronic information of New Mexicans. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo) and Sen. Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe). It now goes to Gov. Susana Martinez for her signature.

Senate Bill 61, known as the Electronic Communication Privacy Act, requires state law enforcement agencies to obtain the proper warrants or orders before they can access information on a person's electronic devices such as cell phones or computers. The bill allows for certain exceptions in the case of emergencies that involve a danger of death or serious physical injury.

"I appreciate the bipartisan support of the co-sponsor, Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, in getting this bill passed in order to protect our New Mexico citizens," said Dines. "This legislation strikes a balance between protecting the privacy of one's personal information and the government's ability to obtain material to fulfill its obligations in ensuring the safety of its citizens. I'm pleased we were able to pass this bill and send it to Gov. Martinez for her review."