Capitol Alert

‘Nuisance’ robocalls draw California into national coalition

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday that he is joining 39 other state attorneys general in a coalition to crack down on robocalls.

“As families gather around the dinner table each night, they shouldn’t be bombarded by unwanted robocalls,” Becerra said in a statement. “Robocalls made from fake numbers are more than just a nuisance – they’re illegal.”

The coalition of attorneys general are working to better understand how technology can be used to cut down on robocalls and illegal telemarketing, to pressure telecommunication companies to find the best solution for reducing unwanted calls and to determine whether states should make further recommendations for the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates such things.

Robocalls are the No. 1 source of FCC complaints, according to Becerra’s office.

Becerra’s office obtained a $53.3 million judgment against Dish Network for making illegal telemarketing calls to people who are listed on the national Do Not Call registry.

Andrew Sheeler covers California’s unique political climate for the Sacramento Bee. He has covered crime and politics from Interior Alaska to North Dakota’s oil patch to the rugged coast of southern Oregon. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.