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HB 0118 - Revises Offense of Transmitting False Alarm and Creates Offense of Causing Harm or Injury to Emergency Responder
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Tracking Level: Support
Sponsor: Marc Morris
Last Action: 7/1/2019 - Effective Date
House Committee: Public Safety and Homeland Security
Senate Committee: Judiciary
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

House Bill 118 replaces the offense of "transmitting a false public alarm" with the offense of "making an unlawful request for emergency services assistance." A person commits this offense when he/she knowingly and intentionally transmits in any manner a request for emergency services assistance when there is no reasonable ground for believing the information which forms the basis of the request. It is also an offense when the request involves or relates to: a purported destructive device or hazardous substance located in a place where the detonation or release would endanger human life, cause injury or damage to property; an individual who has purportedly caused or threatened physical harm to themselves or another person by using a deadly weapon or any instrument that is likely to result in serious bodily injury; an individual who has purportedly committed a criminal act involving the use or threat of physical force or violence or an act constituting an immediate threat to any person's life or safety; or the use of any electronic device or software to alter or conceal or attempt to alter or conceal the requestor's identity. The bill establishes felony guilt for an unlawful request which results in serious bodily harm or death from the response of a public safety agency and a minimum sentence upon conviction of imprisonment for one but not more than 10 years and a minimum fine of $5,000. 

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