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Connecticut Lawmakers Take On Robocalls

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Connecticut legislators want to get rid of nuisance robocalls. They will consider a bill that would require state enforcement of a federal law passed by Congress in December.  

Whitt Betts is a Republican state representative from Bristol. He supports the bill sponsored by Democratic Senate President Martin Looney that would require Connecticut to help the feds enforce fines of up to $10,000 per illegal robocall.

“What I am asking everybody to do is to just not say 'well this is a federal issue.' We’ve got to bring it out front and center. And let people know we hear it, and we are going to do something about it. If it’s within our range, we’ll do it as a state. If not, we will form a collaboration. But this has simply got to stop.”

Betts spoke at a public hearing of the General Law Committee. The bill would also require that telemarketers inform consumers they can request that their phone number be placed on the do not call list.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.