Florida Senate - 2021 SB 868 By Senator Powell 30-01214-21 2021868__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to no-knock search warrants; creating 3 s. 933.102, F.S.; providing a definition; requiring 4 that no-knock search warrants only be issued in 5 compliance with specified provisions; prohibiting the 6 issuing of such search warrants for investigations of 7 misdemeanor offenses; providing requirements for 8 issuance of such warrants; providing an effective 9 date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Section 933.102, Florida Statutes, is created to 14 read: 15 933.102 No-knock search warrants.— 16 (1) For the purposes of this section, the term “no-knock 17 search warrant” means a search warrant served by entry without 18 prior identification. 19 (2) A search warrant may not be served by entry without 20 prior identification unless a no-knock search warrant has been 21 issued in compliance with this section. Such a warrant may not 22 be issued for investigation of a misdemeanor offense. 23 (3) A no-knock search warrant may be issued only if the 24 affidavit for such warrant: 25 (a) Complies with the requirements of this chapter. 26 (b) Specifically requests the issuance of a no-knock search 27 warrant. 28 (c)1. Has been reviewed and approved personally by the head 29 of the law enforcement agency requesting the warrant, who 30 certifies that: 31 a. Such a warrant is the only way to get the items sought 32 in the warrant. 33 b. It is the safest course of action for officers serving 34 the warrant. 35 c. There is an extremely limited likelihood that innocent 36 individuals may be harmed. 37 2. Such review and approval may take place as allowed by 38 statute or court rule or by means of facsimile transmission, 39 telephonic transmission, or other electronic transfer. 40 (4) If the grounds for the issuance of a no-knock search 41 warrant are established by a confidential informant, the 42 affidavit for such warrant shall contain a statement by the 43 affiant concerning when such grounds became known or were 44 verified by the affiant. The statement shall not identify the 45 confidential informant. 46 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.