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CHAPTER 24-S.F.No. 255 An act relating to crime; providing that interference with an emergency call is a crime; amending Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 609.78. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 1998, section 609.78, is amended to read: 609.78 [EMERGENCY TELEPHONE CALLS AND COMMUNICATIONS.] Subdivision 1. [MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES.] 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 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; (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 emergencya call for emergency 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. Subd. 2. [INTERFERENCE WITH A 911AN EMERGENCY CALL; GROSS MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE.] A person who intentionally interrupts, disrupts, impedes, or otherwiseinterferes with a 911an emergency call or who intentionally prevents or hinders another from placing a 911an emergency call, and whose conduct does not result in a violation of section 609.498, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or to payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both. Subd. 3. [DEFINITION.] For purposes of this section, "emergency call" means: (1) a 911 call; (2) any call for emergency medical or ambulance service; or (3) any call for assistance from a police or fire department or for other assistance needed in an emergency to avoid serious harm to person or property, and an emergency exists. Sec. 2. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] Section 1 is effective the day following final enactment and applies to crimes committed on or after that date. Presented to the governor March 25, 1999 Signed by the governor March 29, 1999, 3:46 p.m.