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July 22, 2014

State lawmakers crack down on fake 911 calls

Callers dialing 911 with fictitious emergencies will have to start thinking twice about doing so in the future, thanks a new bill passed by the Minnesota Senate and House that’s heading to Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk.

The Associated Press reports that the state House unanimously passed a bill Friday to make it a gross misdemeanor to call 911 dispatchers with the intent of luring authorities somewhere. Additionally, if the fake call leads to a serious injury, it may result in felony charges.

The state Senate passed the bill earlier this week, and now the bill is going to Dayton for his signature.

The AP says state legislatures and city councils across the country are starting to crack down on prank phone calls.

In California, a state Assembly Committee last week passed a bill against the fake 911 practice, known as SWATting, NBC San Diego reports.

The measure is in response to several incidents in recent weeks where fake 911 calls were reportedly made to sent swarms of officers to celebrities’ homes.