Thursday, March 5, 2009

Columnist blasts 911 bill

The bill to prohibit broadcast of 911 call recordings, expected to be reintroduced in next year's legislative session by Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, drew a blast from Jim Waters of the libertarian Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions in his weekly column. Noting that state open records laws don't make exceptions for "unpleasant" content in some 911 calls, Waters accused Schickel of "pandering to privacy advocates."

"The public makes the calls," Waters wrote. "The calls go to a public agency. Public agencies respond to the calls. And in fact, some of that unpleasant content reveals less-than-stellar performances by emergency dispatchers and law enforcement – a service to the public.The bill smacks of silliness, poor logic and court challenges." To read the column, click here.

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