Bill Which Creates Penalty for Prank 9-1-1 Calls Signed By Rauner

The bill applies to persons who, by making a prank call to a 9-1-1 emergency-response number, commit the offense of disorderly conduct. This offense is defined as the act of knowingly transmitting a false alarm to an emergency-response 9-1-1 number. Persons who unknowingly transmit a false report to 9-1-1 should not be charged with the offense.

Under HB 3988, sponsored by State Rep. John Anthony, if a knowingly false 9-1-1 prank call is made, the court shall order the perpetrator to reimburse the emergency response pubic agency for the reasonable costs of the emergency response, not to exceed $10,000. As a retired sheriff’s deputy, Rep. Anthony is well aware of the cost to public safety rapid-response teams and their personal of prank calls like these. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed HB 3988 into law on Tuesday, July 28. The House had previously agreed to the final language of the bill by a unanimous vote of 111-0-0.