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Gov. Manchin May Call Special Session

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Governor Joe Manchin has not ruled out calling the Legislature into special session to respond to a recent Supreme Court decision in a drug surveillance case.

In a three-to-two ruling, the state's high court concluded that police need a warrant before they send an informant into a suspect's home while wired to record sound or video.

Law enforcement officials are complaining that the ruling hurts their efforts in the war against drugs.

And last month, Republican lawmakers called for both special session legislation and a constitutional amendment to overturn the ruling.

Manchin says his staff continues to study the issue, and has made addressing it a priority. But the ruling itself may aid the governor's task. It says that 15 other states have tackled the question in court, with nine allowing warrantless surveillance.

The ruling also says that Florida voters amended its constitution to permit the practice there, in response to a decision by their Supreme Court.

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