Legislation co-sponsored by state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, that would help reduce unwanted robocalls passed unanimously Tuesday through the Senate.
It will head to the House.
Under Rezin’s Senate Bill 2573, robo callers would face a separate violation if they disguise or falsify their caller ID in any way, which is commonly known as “spoofing.” In addition, Rezin’s legislation would require prior written consent before robo callers could use auto-dialer software. The Illinois Attorney General would be given the responsibility of enforcement.
Rezin also co-sponsored other legislation (Senate Joint Resolution 59) that would create the Illinois Automated Dialing and Solicitation Task Force. The group would be responsible for studying penalties for violating the Do Not Call List and penalties for call spoofing, and seeing what new technology is available for preventing automated calls, among other responsibilities. The Federal Trade Commission has this resource for consumers if they are seeking ways to block unwanted phone calls.