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Gravley-Authored Bill Limiting Access to 911 Records Passes House

Bill would prevent public release of 911 recordings when caller dies.

Gravley-Authored Bill Limiting Access to 911 Records Passes House

A House bill authored by Douglasville State Rep. Micah Gravley that would limit public access to some 911 recordings overwhelming passed Tuesday.

In particular, House Bill 449 would bar the release of 911 calls “which contain the speech in distress or cries in extremis of a caller who died during the call or the speech or cries of a person who was a minor at the time of the call,” according to the text of the bill.

The AJC reported Gravley authored the bill in response to a 2009 incident in Douglas County, when a news outlet requested the recording of a woman caught in her car in flood waters who was on the phone with 911 before drowning.

Gravley represents District 67, which includes parts of Douglas and Paulding counties.

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