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Published March 08, 2011, 02:36 PM

ND Senate Reviews 911 Recording Restrictions

A bill in the North Dakota Senate would restrict access to recordings of 911 calls. The calls are now public record and anyone can get a copy of a call.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A bill in the North Dakota Senate would restrict access to recordings of 911 calls.

The calls are now public record and anyone can get a copy of a call.

The Senate Human Services Committee reviewed the measure Tuesday. It would allow people to listen to the calls or see a transcript on request. But they wouldn't have the right to a copy of a 911 recording.

Mandan Rep. Todd Porter is an owner of an ambulance service. He says people are often panicky when they call 911, and it's unfair to make recordings public.

A lobbyist for media organizations says the calls can have news value. He says the bill would let journalists hear 911 recordings, but they couldn't get copies without permission from authorities.

The bill is HB1156.

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