Sen. Charles Schumer wants violators of a ban on robocalls to face stiffer penalties, including potential jail time.
The New York Democrat has rolled out legislation that would subject telemarketing companies or individuals that use robocalls without getting prior written consent with up to a $20,000 fine per violation, up to 10 years in jail or both.
Currently, telemarketers who violate the national Do Not Call list face a potential fine of $1,500 per call.
Schumer's bill, known as the Quell Unnecessary, Intentional, and Encroaching Telephone Calls — or QUIET — Act, would offer a few loopholes, including not requiring consent for emergency calls or those made on behalf of non-profits.
The Federal Communications Commission voted in June to crack down on robocalls.
Under the agency's new rules, companies can't robocall numbers that have been reassigned, and phone companies must provide consumers with call-blocking services.
Schumer's legislation follows lawmakers piling on criticism of robocalls during a congressional hearing last month. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has also introduced legislation that would allow the federal government to increase fines against robocallers. http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/246931-schumer-aims-to-crackdown-on-robocalls