DENVER – A bill that would authorize judges in Colorado to issue ex parte orders for law enforcement to intercept communications regarding human trafficking is headed to the governor’s desk.
The Senate unanimously passed House Bill 1040 Monday morning on its third reading. It passed the House Feb. 7 by a 64-0 vote, though one representative was not present for the vote.
Should Gov. John Hickenlooper sign the bill, human trafficking would be added to the list of possible crimes that a judge can authorize communications intercepts for, if a district attorney or attorney general shows probable cause.
The attorneys would have to prove they believe evidence would be obtained related to the possible crime by using a wiretap or other means of interception.