Notice of Penalty for False Alarm or Report

Sec. 42.06.  FALSE ALARM OR REPORT.  (a)  A person commits an offense if he knowingly initiates, communicates or circulates a report of a present, past, or future bombing, fire, offense, or other emergency that he knows is false or baseless and that would ordinarily:

(1)  cause action by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies;

(2)  place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;  or

(3)  prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building, room, place of assembly, place to which the public has access, or aircraft, automobile, or other mode of conveyance.

(b)  An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor unless the false report is of an emergency involving a public or private institution of higher education or involving a public primary or secondary school, public communications, public transportation, public water, gas, or power supply or other public service, in which event the offense is a state jail felony.