Sunday, March 7, 2010

Vote NO to PCB GAP 10-03 "Tiger Woods Relief Act"

from the Palm Beach Post:

House to discuss restricting release of 911 calls

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Dubbed the "Tiger Woods Relief Act" by an opponent, a bill that would dramatically limit public access to 911 emergency calls is scheduled for debate in the state House.

The measure (PCB GAP 1003) scheduled to be discussed Wednesday would prohibit the release of recorded 911 calls. It would allow access to call transcripts, but only after 60 days and at the expense of whoever requests those transcripts.

Supporters say the measure is necessary because some callers might be hesitant to seek assistance knowing that the tape is subject to public disclosure. Opponents say public access, among other things, ensures proper oversight of emergency service and police departments.

The 911 calls related to the Tiger Woods incident came within days of the event.

my comment:

My daughter-inlaw died because of the failure of our 9-1-1 system. I oppose this bill. There is nothing more heartbreaking than to listen to your daughter in law's last words as she is kidnapped and driven to her death. The call lasted over six minutes. A 9-1-1 call that could've saved her was mishandled. We SHOULD NO Thave to listen to these calls. But then the 9-1-1 centers should not have FAILED. If we are to improve the system, we need to be made aware of these calls. Vote NO to this bill.