IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 13, 2019
Ms. Cortez Masto (for herself, Mr. Schumer, Ms. Hassan, and Ms. Klobuchar) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To modify the penalties for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1993.
This Act may be cited as the
Deter Obnoxious, Nefarious, and Outrageous Telephone Calls Act of 2019 or the
DO NOT Call Act.
Penalties for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1993
Section 227 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 227) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Except as provided in paragraph (2), any person who willfully and knowingly violates this section shall be imprisoned for not more than 1 year, fined under title 18, United States Code, or both.
Any person who willfully and knowingly violates this section shall be imprisoned for not more than 3 years, fined under title 18, United States Code, or both if—
the person has previously been convicted under this subsection;
the offense involved initiating more than—
100,000 calls in a 24-hour period;
1,000,000 calls in a 30-day period; or
10,000,000 calls in a 1-year period;
the person committed the offense with the intent to use the calls in furtherance of a felony or conspiracy to commit a felony; or
the offense caused loss to 1 or more persons aggregating $5,000 or more in value during any 1-year period.
For purposes of this subsection—
the term call includes a message or other communication; and
the term initiate, with respect to a call, includes the act of sending, making, or transmitting a call, message, or other communication, as applicable.
Technical and conforming amendment
Section 227(e)(5)(B) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 227(e)(5)(B)) is amended, in the second sentence, by striking
section 501 and inserting
Increased penalties for provision of inaccurate caller identification information
Section 227(e)(5) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 227(e)(5)) is amended—
in subparagraph (A)(i), by striking
$10,000 and inserting
in subparagraph (B), in the first sentence, by striking
$10,000 and inserting