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911 Bill Clears Committee

Some state lawmakers want to put a stop to broadcasts of 911 calls.

"Too often we hear victims of violent crime and other tragic circumstances having being aired on local and national media, further adding to their victimization," Sen. John Schickel told a Senate committee on Thursday.

One side says the bill ensures privacy, the other says it's censorship.

"The use of emergency call recordings in a broadcast story can most certainly tell the public how important and valuable the 911 system is to public safety," said Gary White, president of the Kentucky Broadcaster's Association.

The bill sailed through the Senate Judiciary committee with a 6-0 vote.

If the bill is passed, 911 recordings could only be released under court order or if all the parties involved in making the call give consent.


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