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Senator Albritton, District 26 — Press Release


November 17, 2017

CONTACT: Anne Bell, (850) 487-5026

Senator Denise Grimsley Files ‘Florida Call-Blocking Act’

Tallahassee —

Senator Denise Grimsley (R-Lake Placid) announced today that she has filed the “Florida Call-Blocking Act” for consideration during the 2018 Legislative Session. Senate Bill (SB) 962 would permit the telecommunication carriers to offer call-blocking software intended to filter out the persistent robocalls that tend to originate from overseas and which ignore longstanding restrictions on telephone solicitations. 

“Most of these robocalls come from overseas,” said Senator Grimsley.  “They often spoof local phone numbers and pay no attention to the No Call List or other restrictions. The only recourse is to let consumers systematically block calls.”  SB 962 would be contingent on action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to give carriers the authorization many believe is necessary in order to systematically and lawfully block unwanted calls.  The FCC is currently in the process of rulemaking to offer that authorization.  This bill gives state-level authorization for the same call-blocking criteria.

“Some carriers are already offering call-blocking software and many others will follow suit if we can underscore their authority to do so," said Senator Grimsley. “There is simply no reason consumers should have to endure this endless barrage of calls from parts unknown.”

The 2018 Legislative Session begins Tuesday, January 9th, 2018.  Senator Grimsley represents Senate District 26, which consists of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, and parts of Charlotte, Lee, and Polk counties.