Legislature votes to restrict access to 911 calls

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Legislature has given final approval to a bill that would restrict the public's access to 911 calls and require a court order for their release.

The Alabama House voted 93-0 Wednesday to go along with Senate changes to the bill by Republican Rep. Ron Johnson of Sylacauga.

The bill now goes to Gov. Bob Riley for his signature.

It would keep audio recordings of 911 calls from being released without a court order finding that the public's interest in the recording is greater than the privacy interest of those involved in the call.

The bill allows transcripts of the calls to be released for a reasonable fee.

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