Congress Ratcheting Up Potential Criminal Penalties For TCPA Violations

With the TRACED Act, S. 151, safely passed and resting with the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, a quartet of Democratic Senators have turned their legislative attention to beefing up criminal penalties for violating the TCPA. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, joined by co-sponsors Charles Schumer (D-NY), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Margaret Hassan (D-NH), has introduced the “Deter Obnoxious, Nefarious and Outrageous Telephone (DO NOT) Call Act of 2019.” The bill, S. 1826, is now in the hands of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for consideration.

Declaring, “[i]t’s time for Congress to act and put stronger penalties on those who would initiate illegal robocall scams that defraud Americans of their money,” Senator Cortez Mastro’s proposal would add a specific “Criminal Penalties” subsection to the TCPA.

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