H. B. 2391
(By Delegates Staggers, Moore, Moye, Caputo,
Rowan and Michael)
[Introduced January 12, 2011; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §61-10-33, relating to making it a misdemeanor to make more than three calls to 911 for nonemergency health concerns.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §61-10-33, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 10. CRIMES AGAINST PUBLIC POLICY.
§61-10-33. Calls to 911 for nonemergency health concerns.
(a) It is unlawful for any person to call 911 on more than three separate occasions for nonemergency health issues, as determined by the operator that takes the initial call. Any person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined $50.
(b) Upon the fourth call, emergency responders are still required to respond to the call but are not required to transport the person to the hospital.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to make it a misdemeanor to make more than three separate calls to 911 for nonemergency health concerns.
This section is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.