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TCPA Legislative Update - February 2019

Pallone Reintroduces Legislation to Stop Robocalls

House Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) reintroduced his Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (H.R. 946) on February 4. This bill, which was first introduced last Congress, has already garnered 21 Democratic cosponsors. This legislation would clarify the definition of a robocall and clarify exemptions to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) ban. It would also create a national database of reassigned phone numbers and require FCC-FTC cooperation to reduce abusive robocalls by at least 50% yearly. In a press release, Pallone said, “despite previous efforts like the Do Not Call Registry, robocalls are still on the rise. The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act will equip consumer protection agencies with innovative, new tools designed to stop the abusive practices by robocallers and better restrict unauthorized robocalls.” FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel tweeted praise for the bill noting, “robocalls are the WORST. The FCC needs to do more to stop these irritating intrusions that are destroying trust in our communications networks.” The previous version of the bill introduced by Pallone in the last Congress did not move beyond the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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Alex is Executive Vice President & Director of Operations, ML Strategies, Washington, DC. He is an attorney with more than 10 years of senior-level experience in Congress and trade associations.

Alex assists clients with their legislative and regulatory needs on a wide range of issues, including health care, telecommunications, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), technology, energy, and federal procurement. Prior to joining ML Strategies, Alex served for over six years as chief counsel for Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) on the US Senate Committee on Small Business...

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Prior to joining ML Strategies, Jenny worked as a legislative assistant at a prominent international law firm. There she closely followed pieces of legislation related to criminal justice reform, cyber-security, transportation, and housing, in order to provide real-time updates to lobbyists and clients. Previously, Jenny worked as a legislative correspondent for U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) where she participated in lobbyist meetings and agency briefings, organized panel discussions, and assisted in composing floor speeches for the Senator.

Jenny recently graduated with her Masters in Congressional and Presidential Studies from the Catholic University of America. During her time at Catholic, Jenny was named a Bryce Harlow Fellow, a prestigious award for students who pursue careers in professional advocacy. As an undergraduate, Jenny was a University Scholar and was awarded both the Diane Jones Meier Award and the Fowler Award for Leadership for her work in the political science department. She served as a policy intern for U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and as a library intern for the U.S. Secretary of the Senate.