Alaska Bill Would Ban Airing Of 911 Calls
March 26, 2010 at 4:49 AM (PT)
A bill introduced in the ALASKA House of Representatives would make broadcasting the recording of a 911 emergency call a crime. The bill, introduced by Rep. KURT OLSON (R-KENAI), puts the airing of a 911 call in the misdemeanor category and makes it punishable by a fine of $10,000.
Public access to the material would continue, but putting the call on the air would be prohibited; the state presently denies most requests for 911 calls or transcripts under a "confidential information" exception to the law.
The bill was the subject of debate in the House Labor and Commerce Committee WEDNESDAY, and OLSON told the committee that he will hold the bill pending review of issues raised at the hearing, including whether the new law would actually make more information public than is now released, and whether more state employees would be needed to administer the law.