10:50am

Thu February 4, 2010
WVAS Local

Measure restricting access to 911 calls, gets OK in Ala House

Montgomery, AL – - The Alabama House has passed a bill that
would restrict the public's access to 911 calls and require a court
order for their release.
The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron Johnson of Sylacauga
was passed Tuesday on a 70-24 vote and now goes to the Senate.
It would keep audio recordings of 911 calls from being released
without a court order finding that the public's interest in the
recording is greater than the privacy interst of those involved in
the call.
An ammendment passed Tuesday allows for transcripts of the calls
to be released for "a reasonable fee."
The bill says audio of the calls can be released without a court
order to those investigating the incident or lawyers for people who
are involved.