Ohio congressman proposes bill to fight ‘pesky’ robocalls

Ohio congressman proposes bill to fight ‘pesky’ robocalls
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - An Ohio congressman has penned proposed legislation to combat illegal robocalls.

Congressman Bob Latta, a Republican representing the state’s Fifth District, introduced the Support Tools to Obliterate Pesky (STOP) Robocalls Act.

If passed into law, the STOP Robocalls Act would allow people to opt-out of illegal robocalls through use of a free blocking service.

“Nearly every American has faced that moment where they think they’re getting a call from somebody they know, only to realize it’s an annoying robocall,” said Latta. “They’re a nuisance, a waste of time, and the scams perpetrated by robocallers often have a real-life impact on our vulnerable populations.

In defense of his legislation, the former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee cited a study that found that more than 26 billion robocalls targeting Americans were made in 2018. That’s a 46% increase from the previous year.

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