Hawley joins multistate effort to stop robocalls


Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Monday that he is joining 40 other state attorneys general in their efforts to stop and reduce robocalls.

This coalition will review the technology that major telecommunications companies are pursuing to combat illegal robocalls, according to Hawley’s press release.

“This multistate effort is vitally important,” Hawley said. “Missourians complain regularly about repeated robocalls that interrupt their daily lives. As a part of this group, my Office is working to find ways to fight spoofing and other robocalls that are not prevented by the No-Call List.” 

The attorneys have been meeting with major telecommunications companies to understand the technological capabilities used to fight these calls.

Hawley and his colleagues are working to develop a detailed understanding of what is technologically feasible to minimize unwanted robocalls and illegal telemarketing, engage the major telecommunications companies to encourage them to expedite the best possible solutions for consumers and determine whether states should make further recommendations to the FCC, according to the release.

This group is led by Attorney General Josh Stein (NC), Attorney General Curtis Hill (IN) and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald (NH). It also includes attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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