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Wis. GOP Legislators: Bill Outlawing Prank Calls Is Not About Walker's 'Koch' Call


From the Herald's report:

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.

A district attorney would enforce the prohibition on call spoofing. A person in violation of the law would be subject to a fine of between $1,000 and $10,000 for each call made, according to the bill.

However, law enforcement and government regulatory agents who use phone spoofing to fight crime would be exempt from the law.

As readers might recall, Walker discussed during his phone call last week with "David Koch" such topics as efforts to trick the state Senate Democrats into returning to Wisconsin, brief considerations about planting fake protesters to start trouble, and his passion for busting the public employee unions in the mold of Ronald Reagan's firing of the air traffic controllers.

Since then, Walker has faced questions about the call during press conferences, and the call has also been used by AFL-CIO in a TV ad attacking him.