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S. 564: HANGUP Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 8, 2017 (Introduced).


II

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 564

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 8, 2017

(for himself and Mr. Lee) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To repeal debt collection amendments made by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Help Americans Never Get Unwanted Phone calls Act of 2017 or HANGUP Act.

2.

Repeal of debt collection amendments; clarifying coverage with respect to government contractors

(a)

In general

The Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 151 et seq.) is amended—

(1)

in section 3 (47 U.S.C. 153), by striking paragraph (39) and inserting the following:

(39)

Person

The term person

(A)

includes an individual, partnership, association, joint-stock company, trust, or corporation; and

(B)

for the purposes of section 227, includes—

(i)

a contractor of—

(I)

the United States Government; or

(II)

any State or local government; and

(ii)

an entity of any legal form.

; and

(2)

in section 227(b) (47 U.S.C. 227(b))—

(A)

in paragraph (1)—

(i)

in subparagraph (A)(iii), by striking , unless such call is made solely to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United States; and

(ii)

in subparagraph (B), by striking , is made solely pursuant to the collection of a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United States,; and

(B)

in paragraph (2)—

(i)

in subparagraph (F)(ii), by adding and at the end;

(ii)

in subparagraph (G)(ii), by striking ; and at the end and inserting a period; and

(iii)

by striking subparagraph (H).

(b)

Regulations

Section 301(b) of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (47 U.S.C. 227 note; Public Law 114–74) is repealed.