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Bipartisan plan hopes to add political robocalls to state's No Call list

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Do you hate getting political robocalls?

If so, there's legislation for that. Thanks to a team of bipartisan state lawmakers including De Pere Republican Rep. Andre Jacque and Oshkosh Democratic Rep. Gordon Hintz.

"The bill would address that by allowing political robocalls to be added to the existing do not call list," says Rep. Hintz. "We're exactly one year away from the next election, and there really is no good reason why we shouldn't do right on behalf of our constituents."

Hintz says right now, Assembly Bill 96 has not received a public hearing, while Senate Bill 97 unanimously passed the Senate Energy, Consumer Protection and Government Reform Committee. That plan has not been taken up by the full Senate.

In a statement, Rep. Jacque said, "Unfortunately, the tendency for outside interests to use robocalls has only increased, for no reason other than their ability to repeatedly bombard citizens with messages at a minimal cost."

Under the Assembly bill, registration would become permanent and would add political robocalls to the list, similar to reforms enacted in states like Minnesota and Indiana.

"By making the Do Not Call list permanent, we can ensure lasting coverage for frustrated families and individuals unsure of when they last signed up, as well as capture significant taxpayer savings by eliminating the state costs of list maintenance," said Jacque.

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