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Stopping Bad Robocalls Act


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Stopping Bad Robocalls Act

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Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Date: February 4, 2019

Science, Technology, Communications
Stopping Bad Robocalls Act
Date: February 4, 2019 Official Title: To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify the prohibitions on making robocalls, and for other purposes.Short title This Act may be cited as the "Stopping Bad Robocalls Act".In general Section 227 of the Communications Act of 1934 () is amended
  • (1) in subsection (a), by amending paragraph (1) to read as follows:
  • (1) The term "robocall" means a call made (including a text message sent)
    • (A) using equipment that makes a series of calls to stored telephone numbers, including numbers stored on a list, or to telephone numbers produced using a random or sequential number generator, except for a call made using only equipment that the caller demonstrates requires substantial additional human intervention to dial or place a call after a human initiates the series of calls; or
    • (B) using an artificial or prerecorded voice. ;
  • (2) in subsection (b)
    • (A) in paragraph (1)
      • (i) in subparagraph (A)
        • (I) by striking "any call" and inserting "any robocall"; and
        • (II) by striking "using any automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or prerecorded voice";
      • (ii) in subparagraph (B)
        • (I) by striking "telephone call" and inserting "robocall"; and
        • (II) by striking "using an artificial or prerecorded voice to deliver a message"; and
      • (iii) in subparagraph (D), by striking "use an automatic telephone dialing system" and inserting "make robocalls"; and
    • (B) in paragraph (2)(A), by striking "calls made using an artificial or prerecorded voice" and inserting "robocalls";