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Robocalls the focus of state legislation

March 18th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

With less than a month before the end of the current General Assembly session, there's a bill proposed to end robocalls in Maryland. The "Stop the Spam Calls Act of 2023" would prohibit telemarketers from using automated systems for the selection or dialing of telephone numbers and leaving voicemail messages.

"Who among us does not hate spam calls? I guarantee you, your constituents back home hate spam calls," the bill's sponsor, Montgomery County Sen. Ben Kramer, D-District 19, told his fellow lawmakers. "The bill before you establishes consumer protections relating to telephone solicitations."

The bill would also prohibit calls between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

The legislation has companion bills sponsored by Kramer and House Delegate Vaughn Stewart of Montgomery County.