2010 Maryland Code
Subtitle 6 - Interference with Government Operations
Section 9-603 - Prerecorded emergency message.

§ 9-603. Prerecorded emergency message.

(a)  Prohibited.- Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a person may not use a device that dials by remote control a preprogrammed telephone number and transmits a prerecorded message communicating an existing emergency condition, including fire, illness, or crime, without written approval for the use of the device from the holder of the number dialed. 

(b)  Applicability.- This section does not apply to: 

(1) a State or local law enforcement agency that is conducting an official investigation or communicating an emergency condition; 

(2) a State or local emergency management agency that is communicating an emergency condition; or 

(3) a person that is specifically designated by an agency described in item (1) or (2) of this subsection to participate in an official investigation or communicate an emergency condition. 

(c)  Penalty.- A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $50 for each violation. 

[An. Code 1957, art. 27, § 557B; 2002, ch. 26, § 2; 2006, ch. 386.]   

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