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Bring on the robocall ban

With an election season looming, many Kansans would second Attorney General Steve Six's timely call for a law curbing automated commercial and political calls. Based on a 1987 Minnesota measure, the law would require the recipient's consent, either "knowingly" in advance or as obtained by a "live operator," before the recorded message could proceed. Exceptions would be made for robocalls from employers to employees, school districts to students, and agencies to inform crime victims of court dates, as well as for charities soliciting donations of clothing for disabled veterans. Violators would be subject to a possible fine of up to $10,000 per call. The Kansas measure wouldn't be a total ban, but Minnesota's law has had that effect, because requiring a live operator makes robocalls cost-prohibitive.