House Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Amended Bipartisan Robocall Bill

Congressional Act H.R. 3375, known commonly as the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, has sailed through the House Energy and Commerce Committee with a unanimous vote of approval.

While the Act’s previously analyzed requirements remain intact, the following noteworthy amendments were included with the Committee approval:

  • In relation to the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) reassigned numbers database, the Act clarifies that a “called party” means, with respect to a call, “the current subscriber or customary user of the telephone number to which the call is made, determined at the time when the call is made.” If passed, this amended definition would become effective beginning on the date the reassigned numbers database “becomes fully operational such that a person may check the database to determine the last date of disconnection associated with a phone number.”
  • The amended Act requires the FCC to establish an advisory committee entitled “Hospital Robocall Protection Group,” which will be tasked with developing best practices for service providers to use in combating unlawful robocalls made to hospitals.
  • In addition to the established statutory damages for unlawful robocalls, the amended Act allows the addition of up to a $10,000 forfeiture penalty for intentional robocall violations.

The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act follows the Senate’s TRACED Act as both bills now move to the House floor. The bipartisan support shown for the bills thus far suggests that they are very likely to pass the House.

After the approved amendments are added to the official text of the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, a full text version will be available here.