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Substitute House Bill No. 5072

Public Act No. 03-111

AN ACT CONCERNING LIABILITY OF BROADCASTERS THAT BROADCAST INFORMATION PURSUANT TO THE AMBER PLAN.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2003) No claim for damages shall be made against a broadcaster, as defined in subsection (l) of section 12-218 of the general statutes, that, pursuant to a voluntary program between broadcasters and law enforcement agencies, broadcasts an emergency alert and information provided by a law enforcement agency concerning the abduction of a child including, but not limited to, a description of the abducted child, a description of the suspected abductor and the circumstances of the abduction. Nothing in this section shall be construed to (1) limit or restrict in any way any legal protection a broadcaster may have under any other law for broadcasting or otherwise disseminating any information, or (2) relieve a law enforcement agency from acting reasonably in providing information to the broadcaster.

Approved June 18, 2003