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Attempt to revive Va. GPS tracking bill fails

Monday - 2/27/2012, 11:35am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker has failed in his attempt to revive legislation to prohibit secretly using an electronic device to track a person's movements.

The Senate Courts of Justice reconsidered Del. Joe May's proposal Monday after killing it last week. This time, the committee voted to postpone the measure until next year.

May first introduced the measure in 2010 at the behest of a constituent who was shocked to learn that a private investigator hired by his estranged wife had placed a GPS device on his car, and it wasn't against the law.

The bill carved out exemptions for law enforcement officials who obtain a warrant, parents tracking their children, any legally authorized representative of an incapacitated adult, owners of fleet vehicles and electronic communications providers such as OnStar.

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