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Morris bill would tighten standard for boat searches

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Del. Rick Morris, R-64th, has taken issue with the practice of some law enforcement agencies boarding recreational boats without probable cause that a crime has been committed.

Morris recently introduced House Bill 1298, which would require law enforcement officers to have probable cause, as well as consent of the owner, before stopping, boarding and inspecting non-commercial vessels for various reasons, such as checking on the condition and number of life jackets on board.

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