Group of Lawmakers Push Political Robocall Ban, Vote Unlikely - WBAY

Group of Lawmakers Push Political Robocall Ban, Vote Unlikely

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As the legislative session nears an end, there's a push to stop political robocalls.

But the effort probably won't come in time for the fall elections.

"This is something we can get done," Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) said. "But we have to put a little urgency behind it."

Thirty lawmakers, including both Republicans and Democrats, have signed onto the legislation.

It would add political robocalls to Wisconsin's do-not-call list. Currently political calls are exempt.

Similar proposals have been introduced before, but supporters argue this is the most support it's seen.

"Politically it still has some significant hurdles to overcome," Rep. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) said, one of the bill's co-authors. "But I do think it's something that enjoys overwhelming support with the public."

For more than a decade, telemarketing calls have topped the list of complaints to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. In 2013, the agency received 2,014 complaints.

"The bill was written carefully to address any constitutional concerns," Hintz said. "The law in Minnesota and Indiana already does the same thing."

The legislation would have to first pass the state Senate. A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said they don't expect to take the bill up before the end of the session.

The bill's companion, which is awaiting Governor Walker's signature, will make the state's do-not-call list permanent and merge it with the federal list. Currently Wisconsinites have to register every two years.

Click here for the Wisconsin Do-Not-Call List.

One idea supporters of the political robocall legislation have: Call lawmakers.

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