Bill Status of HB1017 94th General Assembly
Short Description: UTILITIES-TELEPHONE SYSTEM
Rep. Marlow H. Colvin - Mary E. Flowers, Patricia Bailey and William Delgado
(Sen. Kirk W. Dillard)
| 1/9/2007||House||Session Sine Die|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Emergency Telephone System Act. Requires one network connection for each T-1 facility. Defines "high-speed channelized service". Provides no public agency or unit of local government shall be liable, except for wilful or wanton misconduct, in connection with placing out-going emergency calls. Adds high-speed channelized service to the types of service that require 5 surcharges per network. Adds to the Section describing the offense of interference with emergency communication a provision that states that any person who without lawful justification interrupts, prevents or otherwise interferes with a 9-1-1 call is subject to Section 26-2 of the Criminal Code (Class A misdemeanor). Amends the Criminal Code by amending the Section describing the offense of interference with emergency communication adding verbal or physical obstruction of a 9-1-1 call or prevention of an emergency communication to the offense. Adds definition of "report of a crime to a law enforcement agency" and "emergency communication" to the criminal offense. Makes the offense solely a Class A misdemeanor (now, Class A and B for different types of interference). Repeals Section 13 of the Emergency Telephone System Act. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Emergency Telephone System Act and the Criminal Code of 1961. Provides that it is a Class A misdemeanor to knowingly and without lawful justification interrupt, verbally or physically obstruct, prevent, disrupt, impede, or otherwise interfere with another person in making or completing an emergency communication. Includes in the definition of emergency communication 9-1-1 calls and emergency calls over a radio frequency (rather than communications over a citizens band radio channel). Provides that a violation is a Class A misdemeanor (rather than a Class B misdemeanor if there is no serious bodily injury and no loss of property in excess of $1,000).