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SECTION 82.002. WHO MAY FILE APPLICATION

(b) With regard to family violence under Section 71.004(3), an application for a protective order to protect the applicant may be filed by an adult member of the dating relationship. (new addition to existing Chapter 82 Application for Protective order) (Family Code)

Amended effective September 1, 2001                

SECTION 42.062. INTERFERENCE WITH EMERGENCY TELEPHONE CALL

(a) An individual commits an offense if the individual knowingly prevents or interferes with another individual's ability to place an emergency telephone call or to request assistance in an emergency from a law enforcement agency, medical facility, or other agency or entity the primary purpose of which is to provide for the safety of individuals.
(b) An individual commits an offense of the individual recklessly renders unusable a telephone that would otherwise be used by another individual to place an emergency call or to request assistance in an emergency from a law enforcement agency, medical facility, or other agency or entity the primary purpose of which is to provide for the safety of individuals.
(c) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is a state jail felony if the actor has previously been convicted under this section.
(d) In this section, "emergency" means a condition or circumstance in which any individual is or is reasonable believed by the individual making a telephone call to be in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or in which property is or is reasonably believed by the indivisdual making the telephone call to be in imminent danger of damage or destruction. (new law)(Penal Code)

Enacted effective September 1, 2001

SECTION 42.07. HARASSMENT

(a) A person commits an offense if, with intent to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment, or embarrass another, he:
(1) intiates communication by telephone, in writing, or by electronic communication and in the course of the communication makes a comment, request, suggestion, or proposal that is obscene;
(2) threatens, by telephone, in writing, or by electronic communication, in a manner reasonably likely to alarm the person receiving the threat, to inflict bodily injury on the person or to commit a felony against the person, a member of his family or household, or his property;…
(7) sends repeated electronic communications in a manner reasonably likely to harass, annory, alarm, abuse, torment, embarrass or offend another.
(b) In this section:
(1) "Electronic communication" means a transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic, or photo-optical system. The term includes;

(A) a communication initiated by electronic mail, instant message, network call, or facsimile machine: and
(B) a communication made to a pager…(new additions to existing law)(Penal Code)

Amended effective September 1, 2001…act applies only to an offense committed before the effective date of this Act…10/10/2001