Bill Text: TX SB278 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to prohibiting making, or encouraging or inducing another to make, silent or abusive calls to a 9-1-1 service or public safety answering point; creating a criminal offense.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-07 - Referred to Criminal Justice [SB278 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB278-Introduced.html
  86R3290 TSS-D
 
  By: Menéndez S.B. No. 278
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to prohibiting making, or encouraging or inducing another
  to make, silent or abusive calls to a 9-1-1 service or public safety
  answering point; creating a criminal offense.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  The heading to Section 42.061, Penal Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 42.061.  SILENT OR ABUSIVE CALLS TO 9-1-1 SERVICE OR
  PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINT.
         SECTION 2.  Section 42.061, Penal Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (b) and adding Subsection (c-1) to read as
  follows:
         (b)  A person commits an offense if the person makes a call to
  a 9-1-1 service or PSAP, or requests 9-1-1 service or PSAP
  assistance using an electronic communications device, when there is
  not an emergency and knowingly or intentionally:
               (1)  remains silent; or
               (2)  makes abusive or harassing statements to a PSAP
  employee.
         (c-1)  A person commits an offense if, with intent to harass,
  annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, or embarrass a PSAP employee or other
  public servant, the person encourages or induces another to make a
  call to a 9-1-1 service or PSAP or request 9-1-1 service or PSAP
  assistance using an electronic communications device.
         SECTION 3.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.
  An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is
  governed by the law in effect when the offense was committed, and
  the former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For
  purposes of this section, an offense was committed before the
  effective date of this Act if any element of the offense occurred
  before that date.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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