7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill concerns the offense of emergency reporting abuse.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ amends provisions and penalties relating to the offense of emergency reporting
13 abuse; and
14 ▸ makes technical and conforming changes.
15 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17 Other Special Clauses:
19 Utah Code Sections Affected:
21 76-9-202, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2017, Chapter 462
23 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24 Section 1. Section 76-9-202 is amended to read:
25 76-9-202. Emergency reporting -- Interference -- False report.
26 (1) As used in this section:
27 (a) "Emergency" means a situation in which property or human life is in jeopardy and
28 the prompt summoning of aid is essential to the preservation of human life or property.
29 (b) "Party line" means a subscriber's line or telephone circuit:
30 (i) that consists of two or more connected main telephone stations; and
31 (ii) where each telephone station has a distinctive ring or telephone number.
32 (2) [
33 (a) intentionally refuses to yield or surrender the use of a party line or a public pay
34 telephone to another [
35 report a fire or summon police, medical, or other aid in case of emergency, unless the telephone
36 is likewise being used for an emergency call;
37 (b) asks for or requests the use of a party line or a public pay telephone on the pretext
38 that an emergency exists, knowing that no emergency exists;
39 (c) reports an emergency or causes an emergency to be reported to any public, private,
40 or volunteer entity whose purpose is to respond to fire, police, or medical emergencies, when
41 the [
42 (d) makes a false report, or intentionally aids, abets, or causes a third party to make a
43 false report, to an emergency response service, including a law enforcement dispatcher or a 911
44 emergency response service, if the false report claims that:
45 (i) an ongoing emergency exists;
46 (ii) the emergency described in Subsection (2)(d)(i) currently involves, or involves an
47 imminent threat of, serious bodily injury, serious physical injury, or death; and
48 (iii) the emergency described in Subsection (2)(d)(i) is occurring at a specified
50 (3) (a) A violation of Subsection (2)(a) or (b) is a class C misdemeanor.
51 (b) A violation of Subsection (2)(c) is a class B misdemeanor, except as provided
52 under Subsection (3)(c).
53 (c) A violation of Subsection (2)(c) is a second degree felony if the report is regarding
54 a weapon of mass destruction, as defined in Section 76-10-401.
55 (d) A violation of Subsection (2)(d):
56 (i) except as provided in Subsection (3)(d)(ii), is a third degree felony; or
57 (ii) is a second degree felony if[
58 (A) while acting in response to the report, the emergency [
59 causes physical injury to [
61 (B) the actor makes the false report or aids, abets, or causes a third party to make the
62 false report to ambush, attack, or otherwise harm a responding law enforcement officer or
63 emergency responder.
64 (4) (a) In addition to any other penalty authorized by law, a court shall order [
66 (i) any federal, state, or local unit of government, or any private business, organization,
67 individual, or entity for all expenses and losses incurred in responding to the violation; and
68 (ii) [
69 treatment of the physical injury and any psychological injury caused by the offense.
70 (b) The court may order that the defendant pay less than the full amount of the costs
71 described in Subsection (4)(a) only if the court states on the record the reasons why the
72 reimbursement would be inappropriate.