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Wisconsin Legislators respond to prank call by making it illegal




Looks like the Republican legislators of Wisconsin have learned their lesson from the Walker sting, and are moving quickly to address the problem:

Bill circulating in Legislature to end spoof calls

Although representatives deny any connection to the recent prank call on the governor, two legislators began circulating a bill Monday that would ban making trick calls masking the caller’s true identity.

Sen. Mary Lazich, R-Waukesha, and Rep. Mark Honadel, R-Milwaukee, authored a bill that would prohibit tricking the call’s recipient into believing the caller is someone they are not for malicious purposes.

“While use of spoofing is said to have some legitimate uses, it can also be used to frighten, harass and potentially defraud,” Lazich and Honadel said in an e-mail to legislators.

The bill language forbids a caller from intentionally providing a false phone number and convincing the person receiving the call that it comes from someone other than the actual caller.

The bill would make it illegal to defraud, cause harm or wrongfully obtain any information of value from using a caller identification service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification information. It would also prohibit individuals from masking their voices or providing a fake phone number to the call recipient, said Jason Vick, spokesperson for Honadel.

That’s cute, the bit about denying any connection to Murphy’s call, which is currently screwing badly with the Wisconsin Republicans’ agenda and causing a Police Chief , a former AG and various watchdog groups to call for Walker’s head.

Speaking of which, this part is particularly troubling:

The bill has already garnered some outside support.

“Transparency and honesty are always better than secrecy and deception. If this bill will help protect consumers, it deserves a hearing and deserves to be passed,” said Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin.

Well, more confusing than troubling, because Common Cause is one of the organizations currently calling for Walker to be investigated, based entirely on the contents of a call that employed methods they apparently endorse criminalizing.


  • Count Wackula

    5 out of 6 of the last articles are now about the Koch call. look im not saying don’t run these stories, they are interesting – but please don’t stop writing about other things. what’s the beast’s take on the situation in libya? i would imagine your website traffic is way up lately, take advantage of this!

  • admin

    That’s what I said. But no one listens to me!

  • count wackula

    make that 6 out of 7! and the intention you’ve garnered seems to have inspired al uthman to return to the fold… hope your coattails are up to snuff!

  • count wackula

    i shouldnt have said that, im glad al is back. just fah fah fooooolin

    [Yeah, right? Uthman did something?! If I'd known that all I had to do was dominate the news cycle, I'd have done it sooner. -IM]

  • bluhat

    TL;DR Summary: This won’t pass because lawyers don’t understand the technical impact this will have on corporations in their state. If it does pass, it will be a huge embarrassment.
    This won’t pass in it’s current form. What they have just done is make most everyone that uses a relay IPBX a criminal. For example: You work at ACME corp as a call rep where you make outgoing calls to sell your product. For efficiency, your call center is designed as an outbound call center, therefore you don’t want people knowing your direct extension. Therefore, your transmitted CID (called ID) is either not sent or it is the main number for the company. Both the company and the employee are now breaking the law. Example 2: Say you are working from home and forwarding your inbound calls through your company phone system to your cell phone. Some telco companies don’t allow form CID spoofing so the call would only show up as from your company. Therefore, the person calling you is now breaking the law OR your company is breaking the law.

  • admin

    Dear bluhat,
    339 words is too long to read? You make us so sad.

  • Bebe

    I think this law won’t fly because of all the paid shills that have brought Koch et al such great success at fake grassroots efforts. They can pay people to leave comments on the internet, make phone calls, even demonstrate to give their gross aims the patina of populist support. You chip away at that and Americans For Prosperity etc. will lose one of their most powerful tools.

  • malachi

    Hooray! Alan’s back. Is this permanent?

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  • Buffalo Rude

    Uthman?! I thought that fucker withered up and died; since it’s been the Murphy/Bunting show for some time. It’s nice to know my thoughts were inaccurate.

  • Golden Elf Mage

    Uthman – come back to World of Warcraft, elder! We miss your wisdom! Remember – aim for their chest and capture their hearts!

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  • Biff Squat-thrust

    It’s nice to see Alan Uthman back in the fold, but honestly–your help could have been used a long time ago, where have you been, Uthman??!!

  • Mrethiopian

    Are all republicans in WI such utter pusses, you got punked, get over it.

    But instead Walker pees himself and runs to tell his mommy that the big horrible boogie man scared him.

    That is a big fucking pussy move!!

    Walker = Pussy

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