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Gov. Hutchinson has signed into law which makes robocalling with a recognizable, but phony number a felony. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is responsible for the initiation of this legislation.

Robocalling is a form of automated phone calling.

Now illegal, faking a phone number could be punished with up to six years in prison and a fine of $10,000. In addition, private telecommunication firms would have to work to prevent this behavior.

A further motivation to outlaw falsified phone numbers is that callers can be reported to the FCC if a valid phone number is given.

In 2016, a federal judge overturned an Arkansas law which forbade political robocalling that had been in place since 1981. The law was overturned on the grounds that it violated the constitutional right to free speech. Then, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also defended the law, stating that it protected Arkansans from intrusive, unwanted calls.

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4 thoughts on “Robocalling Now a Felony in Arkansas

  • April 4, 2019 at 9:08 pm
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    If against the Law why am I getting up to 10 pre hour

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  • April 4, 2019 at 6:57 pm
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    How can we stop it as soon as you push 9 or the * they call you on a different number!

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  • April 4, 2019 at 6:22 pm
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    I have been overwhelmed with robo calls for several weeks. I have save most of the numbers. If I can assist in the prosecution of any of these companies or individuals, I’ll gladly do so. I will pay of my own travel, food and lodging costs, etc.

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  • April 4, 2019 at 4:59 pm
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    What took so long????

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