State Rep. Jeff Ellington’s bill that cracks down on unsolicited phone calls has passed the House.

“We need to prosecute these bad actors who are such a nuisance,” Ellington said. “I hear complaints on a daily basis from Hoosiers who are getting these calls at home and on their cellphones. If we can better locate and prosecute offenders while increasing fines, others may be inclined to stop.”

Ellington, a Bloomington Republican, said the intent of House Bill 1123 is to give local prosecutors more support in charging individuals who use automatic dialing systems to make unsolicited calls. These calls violate both the state’s Do Not Call law and federal laws.

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