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Lawmakers propose bill to outlaw fake caller IDs


MADISON (WKOW) -- Two Republican legislators want to outlaw the use of phony caller ID services.

They deny it has anything to do with the recent prank call to Gov. Scott Walker.

Sen. Mary Lazich, of New Berlin, and Rep. Mark Honadel, of Milwaukee, are circulating a bill that would prohibit anyone from trying to "defraud, cause harm or gain anything of value" by generating a fake phone number to appear on a recipient's caller ID.

A Lazich spokesperson says the bill is not in response to a blogger who called Walker, posing as a campaign contributor. Lazich proposed a similar bill in 2009.

The bill would exempt law enforcement and government agencies. Congress passed a similar bill outlawing the technique, called "phone spoofing," in 2010.

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