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.