Minn. lawmakers want tougher penalties for bogus 911 calls

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A new law would make reporting a fake emergency to 911 dispatchers a gross misdemeanor, the Associated Press reports. If the bogus call causes a serious injury, the prankster could also face felony charges.

The bipartisan measure, which covers both phone calls and text messages, was introduced by Reps. Steve Simon, DFL-St. Louis Park, and Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, last week.

The House Public Safety Committee will consider the legislation first.

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