State Rep Files Legislation To Ban Robocalls In MA

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Fed up with robocalls? You're not the only one--and now a Massachusetts legislator is taking aim at ending them entirely.

Like the rest of us who have been on the receiving end of those sales pitches and scams, Rep. William Straus wants it to stop.

"In the absence of federal action, I think the states are within their rights to regulate this kind of activity," Straus told WBZ-TV.

Straus has filed legislation that would direct the Attorney General's office to fine robocallers $10,000 for each call--$15,000 if the recipient is a senior.

The Democrat tells WBZ-TV that the law would be enforceable even when the calls originate overseas.

"There will ultimately be local communication links that bring that phone call to your cell phone that make this law enforceable," he said.

There were 25 million robocalls made to cell phones in the 617 area code last month alone.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kendall Buhl reports

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