Bill Blocks Broadcast of 911 Calls Without Permission

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Written consent would be required to broadcast 911 emergency calls in Tennessee under a proposal advancing in the Senate.
The proposal (SB1665) sponsored by Republican Sen. Jim Tracy of Shelbyville was approved 23-8 on Thursday. The companion bill is awaiting a House floor vote.
Tracy says some 911 calls are heard on the news or radio not long after they’re given.
He says his legislation still makes the calls available for broadcast, but only if the caller says it’s OK.
All records of the calls would remain open to the public.

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