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                         Laws of Minnesota 1983 

                        CHAPTER 140--H.F.No. 592
           An act relating to utilities; providing a penalty for 
          failure to relinquish a coin-operated telephone for an 
          emergency and other telephone-related situations; 
          amending Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 609.78. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1982, section 609.78, is 
amended to read: 
    609.78 [EMERGENCY TELEPHONE CALLS.] 
    Whoever does any of the following is guilty of a 
misdemeanor: 
    (1) Refuses to relinquish immediately a coin-operated 
telephone or a telephone line consisting of two or more stations 
when informed that the line is needed at another station to make 
an emergency call for medical or ambulance service or for 
assistance from a police or fire department or for other service 
needed in an emergency to avoid serious harm to person or 
property, and an emergency therefor in fact exists; or 
    (2) Secures a relinquishment of such a coin-operated 
telephone or a telephone line consisting of two or more stations 
by falsely stating that the line is needed for an emergency; or 
    (3) Publishes telephone directories to be used for such 
telephones or telephone lines which and the directories do not 
contain a copy of this section. 
    Approved May 12, 1983