Senate Commerce Committee Approves Another Robocall Bill

With the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act, S. 151, awaiting Senate floor action, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has now favorably reported the Data Analysis Robocall Technology Act of 2019 (i.e., the DART Act of 2019), S. 2204. The bill, approved by a voice vote, is an amended version of the original S. 2204 introduced last July by Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

The amended version directs the Federal Communications Commission (the Commission), not later than 18 months after the date of enactment, to conduct a rulemaking proceeding “to consider establishing a process under which the Commission shall maintain a list of numbers that are not eligible to be blocked by a voice service provider….” The Commission is already considering such a Critical Calls List as part of its Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in its ongoing Docket No.17-89 (Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls) (Third FNPRM).

S. 2204 would specifically permit four categories of numbers to be included on the list developed by the prescribed rulemaking:

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