A pair of bills backed by the Texas Electronic Privacy Coalition were amended onto a Senate bill in the Texas House of Representatives (SB 1052) - one requiring warrants for police to access cell-phone location data and another instituting a warrant requirement for emails stored with a third party.
Rep. John Frullo accepted Rep. Bryan Hughes' HB 1608 (requiring warrants for law enforcement to access cell-phone location data) as an amendment to SB 1052, though not until after after his motion to table Hughes' amendment failed by a whopping 126-4 margin. Frullo also accepted an amendment to require warrants for email stored with third parties - legislation originally filed as HB 3164 by Jon Stickland. Now, the Texas Senate must decide whether to concur in the amendments or send the bill to conference committee.
Find below the jump a copy of a press release from the Texas Electronic Privacy Coalition lauding the passage of the two amendments.
UPDATE (May 23): Hope you enjoyed that pyrrhic victory while it lasted! The Texas Senate passed the House companion HB 2268 without the language about warrants for cell-phone location data, though it includes Rep. Jonathon Stickland's language from HB 3164 regarding warrants for cloud-based email stored longer than 180 days. It's now up to the bill authors - Rep. John Frullo and Sen. John Carona - to decide with which version they'll move forward.