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Jan. 28, 2014JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  |  By: Associated Press (AP)

Schaaf on Privacy

A Missouri Senate committee is considering whether to extend constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure to electronics.

Senator Rob Schaaf, a St. Joseph Republican, said yesterday the Missouri Constitution needs to be updated to reflect technological changes during the last century.

Missouri's current constitution was drafted in 1945.

Schaaf's bill would add "electronic communications and data" to persons, effects, homes and papers as items protected against illegal searches.

Schaaf says he introduced the proposed constitutional amendment after learning about the National Security Agency's data collecting practices.

No one testified against the measure at a hearing yesterday.

If passed by the Legislature, the proposed amendment would go on the statewide ballot in November.