Senate Bill Proposes to Make Robocalls a Federal Crime

A bill before the U.S. Senate would make commercial robocalls a federal crime, exacting up to a $20,000 fine and a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Introduced on June 25 by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), S. 1681 would criminalize the use of an automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or prerecorded voice for calls made “for the purpose of soliciting or encouraging the purchase or rental of, or investment or enrollment in, property, goods, or services,” unless the caller obtained the “prior express written consent” of the recipient of the call.

The proposed QUIET Act is nearly identical to legislation proposed by Schumer in 2014. The 2014 bill died in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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