Audio from 911 calls could no longer be heard on the air, under legislation approved in the state Assembly Thursday night.
The bill from State Representative Amy Sue Vruwink (D-Milladore) would ban the release of audio from 911 calls to the public and the media. She says people shouldn’t have to worry about the tragedy they’re reporting when making a call being played over and over again by TV and radio.
Vruwink says the legislation came at the request of the family of murdered UW-Madison student Brittany Zimmerman, after audio from a 911 call her fiancé placed upon finding her body was broadcast by the media
Transcripts of 911 calls could still be made available.
The bill now heads to the Senate.
AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (:53)