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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 5563

February Session, 2018

 

LCO No. 2785

 

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Referred to Committee on JUDICIARY

 

Introduced by:

 

(JUD)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING ROBO CALLS AND SPOOFING.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 16-256e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2018):

(a) No person may use any device which transmits an unsolicited recorded telephone message for any commercial, business or advertising purpose to any telephone customer in the state and which continues the call and message after the customer hangs up the receiver. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars.

(b) Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (a) of this section while intentionally using any blocking device or service to circumvent a consumer's use of a caller identification service or device, shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2018

16-256e

Statement of Purpose:

To criminalize the act of masking the identity of a caller initiating robo calls.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]