State legislation takes aim at ‘robocalls’ |

State legislation takes aim at ‘robocalls’

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Two measures moving through the Colorado Legislature would ban so-called “robocalls,” or prerecorded political phone messages that inundate people during elections.

Sen. Paula Sandoval, D-Denver, who introduced the bill, said the novelty of having a celebrity call to back a candidate has worn off.

“A lot of people consider them (the calls) a nuisance,” she said.

Rep. Larry Liston, R-Colorado Springs, is co-sponsoring the measure in the House.

The bill is similar to one in Minnesota that has already withstood a court challenge. Attorney General John Suthers said Wednesday he will support the Colorado measure.

Another bill moving through the Legislature would do away with prerecorded negative political messages. Sen. Mo Keller, D-Jefferson, who is introducing the bill, said in recent political races recorded messages “have been so vicious and so negative and egregious.”

Keller said her bill would not affect non-profits that use the recorded messages for charities or elected officials informing constituents of community meetings.

Both bills will be heard by the Senate Veteran and Military Affairs committee on Tuesday.

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