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In January, a California lawmaker introduced legislation, backed by school administrators, that would give K-12 school administrators broad powers to search the phones and electronic devices of their students without a warrant.
On Wednesday, AB165 met its death, at least for now, after intense lobbying by more than 60 groups (PDF), including everyone from the American Civil Liberties Union to the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
The measure was crafted by the Association of California School Administrators and introduced by Assemblyman Jim Cooper, a Democrat representing Elk Grove (just south of Sacramento). Laura Preston, a lobbyist for the Association of California School Administrators, told Ars that opposition to the measure was “crazy” and akin to starting a “World War.”
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