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Ending political robocalls getting last minute push at the Capitol

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A last minute push is being made to end political robocalls to Wisconsinites who are on the do-not-call list for telemarketers.

With the current session in its final month, Assembly Republican Andre Jacque of De Pere says the bill is closer to being approved than in previous years.

That's because almost 30 lawmakers from both parties have co-sponsored the ban. And their voters are complaining more loudly about the numerous calls they get from candidates and their supporters at election time.

Political calls are exempt from the no-call list, but they get lots of complaints from those on the receiving end.

Assembly Democrat Gordon Hintz of Oshkosh said many people viewed all the robocalls in the last major election as, "little more than harassment in their own homes." Some folks reported getting a dozen calls a day in 2012.  

Madison attorney Mike Wittenwyler says political speech is harder to regulate than commercial speech under the First Amendment.

Constitutional concerns were raised under previous attempts to ban political robocalls, but Jacque says the current Wisconsin bill is the same as those in other states which have been upheld in court.

Six states effectively ban political robocalls to those on do-not-call lists.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)