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Assembly Approves Wiretap Law, Davis Wants More

The Assembly narrowly approved a limited expansion of the state´s wiretap law today, rejecting calls from Governor Davis and Assembly Republicans for a bill that would mimic a federal law.

Democrats say the measure sent to the Senate without Republican support is a bill even civil libertarians can support. But Republicans are criticizing the measure and say they are working on an alternative. A spokesman says Davis intends to try again in the Senate to get his broader wiretapping law adopted.

The Assembly bill expands California´s narrow list of offenses eligible for court-approved wiretaps to the suspected use of weapons of mass destruction, restricted biological agents, and destructive devices.