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S1418................................................by JUDICIARY AND RULES
EMERGENCY SERVICES - Amends existing law to prohibit calling any law
enforcement or emergency services dispatcher for the purpose of making a
false alarm or reporting false information.
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02/20 3rd rdg - PASSED - 34-0-1
AYES--Andreason, Boatright, Branch, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron,
Crow, Danielson, Darrington, Deide, Dunklin, Frasure, Geddes, Hansen,
Hawkins, Ingram, Ipsen, Keough, King, Lee, McLaughlin, Noh, Parry,
Richardson, Riggs, Risch, Sandy, Schroeder, Sorensen, Stennett,
Sweeney, Thorne, Wheeler, Whitworth
Absent and excused--Twiggs
Floor Sponsor - Boatright
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02/23 House intro - 1st rdg - to Jud
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session - 1998
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1418
BY JUDICIARY AND RULES COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO FALSE ALARMS; AMENDING SECTION 18-6711A, IDAHO CODE, TO PROHIBIT
3 CALLING ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT OR EMERGENCY SERVICES DISPATCHER FOR THE PUR-
4 POSE OF MAKING A FALSE ALARM OR REPORTING FALSE INFORMATION.
5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 SECTION 1. That Section 18-6711A, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
7 amended to read as follows:
8 18-6711A. FALSE ALARMS -- COMPLAINTS -- REPORTS -- PENALTIES -- CIVIL
9 DAMAGES. (a) Any person calling the number "911" or any law enforcement
10 or emergency services dispatcher for the purpose of making a false
11 alarm or complaint and reporting false information which could or does result
12 in the emergency response of any firefighting, police, medical or other emer-
13 gency services shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof
14 shall be sentenced to a fine of not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) or
15 to a term of not to exceed one (1) year in the county jail, or to both such
16 fine and imprisonment.
17 (b) In addition to the criminal penalties for violation of the provisions
18 of this section, civil damages may be recovered from the person so convicted
19 in an amount of three (3) times the amount necessary to compensate or reim-
20 burse the complainant for costs incurred, losses sustained or other damages
21 suffered in receiving, acting upon or responding to the false alarm, complaint
22 or report. If the person so convicted is under the age of eighteen (18) years
23 of age, the parent or legal guardian having legal custody of the minor may be
24 jointly and severally liable with the minor for such civil damages as are
25 imposed. Recovery from the parents or legal guardian shall not be limited by
26 any other provision of law which limits the liability of a parent or legal
27 guardian for the tortious or criminal conduct of a minor. A parent or guardian
28 not having legal custody of the minor shall not be liable for civil damages
29 imposed hereunder.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This amendment of 18-6711A, False Alarms, expands the protection of the statute. The current
statute protects only "911 " services from persons calling with the purpose of making a false
alarm or complaint. The amendment would expand this protection to calls to any law
enforcement dispatch or emergency services, instead of just "911 ": calls.
The fiscal impact of this amendment would be minimal.
Various jurisdictions may prosecute a few more cases under the expanded scope of the statute.
However, the statute will also have some deterrent effect to reduce abuses of emergency
response systems. Further, the statute allows reimbursement to the responding agency for costs
associated with dispatching the emergency services.
Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE
Bill No S1418