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.