STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1742
RE: H.C.R. No. 45
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 45 entitled:
"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO GRANT ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY TO THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO STOP UNWANTED AND ILLEGAL ROBOCALLS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to urge the United States Congress to grant additional authority to the Federal Communications Commission to stop unwanted and illegal robocalls.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from two individuals.
Your Committee finds that robocalls are unsolicited prerecorded telemarketing calls made with the use of a computerized autodialer. Spoofing calls are telephone calls conducted with a deliberately falsified caller identification to disguise the identity of the number of the caller. Each year, United States consumers receive billions of robocalls, spoofing calls, and robocalls that employ spoofing technology. Your Committee further finds that the recent increase in the occurrence of robocalls has caused major consumer issues, as robocalls are often nefarious attempts to defraud consumers, typically older and vulnerable adults. Accordingly, heightened oversight and federal regulatory authority are urged to protect consumers.
Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 45, as amended herein, and recommends its adoption in the form attached hereto as H.C.R. No. 45, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection,
ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair