House Panel Advances Bill To “Stop Bad Robocalls”

Broadcasting & Cable reports:

The House Energy & Commerce Committee has voted unanimously to dramatically raise the per-violation fines for illegal robocalls. That was part of an omnibus bill, the “Stopping Bad Robocalls Act,” which also passed unanimously (48-0)* as part of a markup for a couple dozen bills.

The bill, actually a combination of five bills, had passed unanimously out of the Communications Subcommittee June 25. Fines in the bill were raised from $1,500 per violation to $10,000 per.

“The American people are fed up with robocalls,” Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) said. “Who can blame them – an estimated 47 billion robocalls were made last year. That’s outrageous. Today this Committee will provide some much needed relief.”