Senator Cooke, sponsor, explained Senate Bill 18-068 concerning criminalizing false reports. Senator Cooke clarified that the bill applies to "swatting," which is the action or practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address. He distributed a series of articles about swatting incidents in Colorado (Attachment B). He stressed that swatting puts law enforcement and the people being swatted in dangerous situations, and the bill better addresses the seriousness of the offense.
Senator Cooke played a 911 recording and news clip about swatting.
Public testimony was taken on the bill.