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H.R. 740 (115th): Robo COP Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 30, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 740

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 30, 2017

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To direct the Federal Trade Commission to revise the regulations regarding the do-not-call registry to prohibit politically-oriented recorded message telephone calls to telephone numbers listed on that registry.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Robo Calls Off Phones Act or the Robo COP Act.

2.

Politically-oriented recorded message phone calls prohibited

(a)

Prohibited

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Federal Trade Commission shall, not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, revise the do-not-call registry provisions of the Telemarketing Sales Rule (16 C.F.R. 310.1 et seq.) to prohibit politically-oriented recorded message telephone calls to telephone numbers listed on that registry.

(b)

Definition of politically-Oriented recorded message calls

For purposes of this section, the term politically-oriented recorded message telephone call means any outbound telephone call—

(1)

in which a person is not available to speak with the person answering the call, and the call instead plays a recorded message; and

(2)
(A)

the purpose of which is to promote, advertise, campaign, or solicit donations, for or against any political candidate or regarding any political issue; or

(B)

uses in the recorded message any political candidate’s name.