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Lawmakers vote to ban public disclosure of 911 caller names

Written by The Associated Press | May 17, 2016 4:23 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Legislation that would prevent the public release of most names, phone numbers and addresses of people who call 911 for emergencies is on its way to the desk of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

The state House voted unanimously on Tuesday for the bill . It bans the release of information about callers, victims or witnesses unless a 911 center or a judge determines the public's interest outweighs keeping the information secret.

Wolf's office says he plans to sign it.

The bill doesn't prohibit release of the location of incidents if it's not where callers, victims or witnesses live and if doing so won't disclose their identities.

The legislation specifies that the public can still find out the block, cross street or mile marker nearest to emergency incidents.

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