Lawmakers seek to curb robo-calls

March 18, 2008 4:07:26 PM PDT
They're called robo-calls. If you get them, chances are good you hate them. Robo-calls are automated, pre-recorded phone messages used by political candidates to sway voters during an election season.

On Tuesday, a contingent of Republican Illinois state representatives unveiled legislation to ban the use of robo-calls in Illinois.

"Our bill is fairly simple. It is also a concept that ten other states have adopted and passed and has become law and has been tested by the courts that very simply says all automated calls coming into your home are banned," said State Rep. Tom Cross, (R) Oswego.

Under the proposed legislation, violators could face civil penalties up to $50,000 and could be sued for damages.