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Rep. Mary Adams, D-Grand Forks, introduces House Concurrent Resolution 3005 inside the House chambers at the state Capitol in Bismarck asking on Thursday the United State Congress and President Donald Trump to protect consumers from unsolicited robocalls. The resolution passed 89-0. 

Members of North Dakota’s House of Representatives are united in at least one area: They’re sick of annoying robocalls.

The House voted unanimously Thursday to urge Congress and the president to protect consumers by finding a solution to combat illegal and unsolicited robocalls.

“These calls, aside from being annoying, are disruptive and can be stressful,” said Rep. Mary Adams, D-Grand Forks, a member of the House Industry, Business and Labor Committee.

Adams said the callers often spoof North Dakota numbers, but state and local laws cannot regulate the calls. She called it the No. 1 consumer complaint in North Dakota and the nation.

Rep. Jason Dockter, R-Bismarck, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, said he received two robocalls on his cellphone Thursday morning.

“No matter what you do for safeguards, it just continues to be a nuisance for people,” Dockter said. “It’s an issue that’s so big that Congress will have to figure something out for our consumers.”

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The resolution urges federal leaders to advance a coordinated effort among the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission and the FBI to address unwanted robocalls.

The resolution would be forwarded to the president, Congressional leaders, including North Dakota’s delegation, and officials with the FTC, FCC and FBI.

The resolution now advances to the state Senate for consideration.

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(Reach Amy Dalrymple at 701-250-8267 or Amy.Dalrymple@bismarcktribune.com)

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