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Arkansas' governor has signed into law a measure aimed at cutting down on illegal robocalls, including ones that use familiar phone numbers to trick people into answering.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday signed into law a bill that raises the penalty for illegal robocalls from a misdemeanor to a felony.

The proposal, which was backed by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, also makes "spoofing" a felony. Spoofing is when robocallers use false information such as a familiar number to mislead someone into answering their phone.

The legislation also requires telecommunications companies to report annually to the state Public Service Commission the steps they have taken to identify and block illegal robocalls.

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Archived Comments

  • Popsmith
    April 3, 2019 at 4:51 p.m.

    Great!
    There should still be a bounty, Wanted Dead or Alive, on spoofers, robocallers, and spammers.

  • Happy1234
    April 3, 2019 at 5:12 p.m.

    Amazing..................they FINALLY did something useful.

  • 0boxerssuddenlinknet
    April 3, 2019 at 5:20 p.m.

    thank you !

  • Bullgod1984
    April 3, 2019 at 5:21 p.m.

    Not really a useful law as most spoofed calls originate overseas

  • dph815
    April 3, 2019 at 5:22 p.m.

    Can this law go into effect today?

  • conservative
    April 3, 2019 at 5:24 p.m.

    This is a good "first step", but enforcement is and will be the big challenge. Many of the call centers are "off shore" in foreign countries. What will be needed is for telephone providers (land, cell, internet) such as AT&T, Version, et al. to become more proactive in the screening process.
    .
    This will require "hurting" them where their money is made. They are in a position to intercept this scam "plague" . . .and they have the technology to do it. If they continue to ignore the problem, then force compliance with huge fine$

  • NoUserName
    April 3, 2019 at 5:44 p.m.

    There is already a law aimed at stopping spam. Since we can't enforce that one, how is this law anything but window dressing?

  • Seitan
    April 3, 2019 at 5:44 p.m.

    Good step, but this needs to be a national effort. International, actually.

  • limb
    April 3, 2019 at 5:57 p.m.

    Now outlaw

    Daughters of 1812 Jim Crow Arkansas chapter.

  • GeneralMac
    April 3, 2019 at 6:59 p.m.

    I'll believe this law is effective when I hear Rachel from Credit Card Services is now flipping burgers at McDonalds.

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