Controversial 9-1-1 Audiotapes Bill Clears Senate Panel

Frankfort, KY – Republican Senator John Schickel of northern Kentucky believes radio and television stations often use 911 tapes to sensationalize coverage of tragic events. His bill would prevent release of the actual tapes, but allow transcripts. "Too often, we hear victims of violent crime and other tragic circumstances being aired on our national and local media, furthering adding to their victimization."

But Schickel's bill is drawing fire from the Kentucky Broadcasters Association and the Kentucky Press Association, who argue it infringes on constitutional protections of a free press. Despite the opposition, the bill cleared the Senate Judiciary committee 6-0 and moves to the Senate floor.