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                         Laws of Minnesota 1984 

                        CHAPTER 630-S.F.No. 1905 
           An act relating to crimes; providing penalties for 
          falsely reporting a medical emergency and for 
          interfering with emergency communications over a 
          citizen's band radio channel; imposing a penalty; 
          amending Minnesota Statutes 1983 Supplement, section 
          609.78. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1983 Supplement, section 
609.78, is amended to read: 
    609.78 [EMERGENCY TELEPHONE CALLS AND COMMUNICATIONS.] 
    Whoever does 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 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 in 
fact exists;  
    (2) Secures a relinquishment of 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 
telephones or telephone lines and the directories do not contain 
a copy of this section;  
    (4) Makes an emergency call for medical or ambulance 
service, knowing that no medical emergency exists; or 
    (5) Interrupts, disrupts, impedes, or otherwise interferes 
with the transmission of a citizen's band radio channel 
communication the purpose of which is to inform or inquire about 
a medical emergency or an emergency in which property is or is 
reasonably believed to be in imminent danger of damage or 
destruction. 
     Sec. 2.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
     Section 1 is effective the day after final enactment and 
applies to crimes committed on or after that date. 
    Approved May 2, 1984