(WXYZ) - The Michigan House is set to consider a bill that would revise the state's Freedom of Information act to substantially limit the release of recordings of 911 calls.
Under the proposed bill, the audio recordings could be exempt from disclosure if officials determine that the public interest would be better served if it is not released.
This exemption would not apply written records, transcripts or other written reports relating to the 911 call. However, a legislative analysis of the bill says this is expected to increase the cost of fulfilling a Freedom of Information Act request because written transcripts are not routinely made.
The cost of fulfilling a Freedom of Information Act request is generally passed on to the person or agency making the request.
The exemption would not apply to someone whose voice is heard on the call. If that person is deceased or incapacitated their legal representative would be able to request the audio recording.
However, under the revised Freedom of Information Act bill, they would have to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity and that the request is relevant to an investigation of a legal matter stemming from the circumstances surrounding the 911 call.
The new provision would also not apply to requests from law enforcement agencies or if the court orders the release of the audio recording.
A public hearing on the bill is scheduled for 2:30 pm on April 30 in the House Office Building in Lansing.
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