A group of concerned citizens has initiated efforts to promote the inclusion of Political groups and Politicians in Wisconsin’s Do-Not-Call Registry. We are hoping that in the 2023 Spring session the State Legislature will pick up where they left off in their 2014 bipartisan pursuit of this much-needed legislation.
People are tired of being afraid to answer an unrecognized number and having their lives interrupted by constant and incessant phone calls and texts. This happens in great part because of the legislature’s inaction and presumed privilege.
Sen. Andre Jacque will sponsor a bill similar to 2014’s SB 97 which addressed political calls and texts. 18 Republicans, and 12 Democrats, either sponsored or co-sponsored this bill.
We hope to again gain support from all sides of the political spectrum in this non- partisan effort. People can sign a petition at NoRobos.com to support the passage of upcoming bills in the Assembly and State Senate. Hopefully, the next elected Governor will sign the bill to make it law in time for the 2023 Spring Primary elections.
People may not be aware that political calls are not exempt from the DNC Registry as we have been led to believe. According to the FCC website, “Political campaign-related autodialed or prerecorded voice calls, including autodialed live calls, autodialed texts, and prerecorded voice messages, are prohibited to cell phones, pagers or other mobile
devices without the called party’s prior express consent. Robotexts – text messages generated through autodialing – are also considered a type of call and fall under all robocall rules.”
We believe that the extra layer of protection provided by a State Law will reinforce the national prohibition and carry a hefty financial penalty for those who choose to break the law. It’s time for all politicians to put the interests of the citizens of Wisconsin ahead of their own political ambitions.
We are encouraging people from around the state to take a stand for their privacy by signing the petition at NoRobos.com today.