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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Recordings of 911 calls may no longer be public records

A Kentucky bill that would ban the airing of 911 calls has garnered much support, The Associated Press reported. People would still be allowed to "listen to the call and take notes and to obtain written transcripts of calls." However, certain details, such as name and medical information, would be deleted. The measure is supposed to protect citizens from having their emotional 911 calls released.
A measure that would prevent 911 calls from being aired on TV, radio and Web sites cleared its first legislative hurdle yesterday and now heads to the Senate floor for a vote.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 30 despite the concerns of broadcasters who say it smacks of censorship.

"It certainly starts us down a very slippery slope," said Nancy Cox, a news anchor with WLEX-TV in Lexington.

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