Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has reintroduced the "Robocall Privacy Act" (S. 1355), which would set time of day calling restrictions, require certain disclosures and limit the number of calls per day for "political robocalls."

"Political robocalls" are defined as any outbound calls that use a "recorded message" instead of a live caller and "which promote, support, attack, or oppose a candidate for Federal office."

MRA worked with Sen. Feinstein, and her House coauthor, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) in 2007-2008, before the bills were originally introduced, to ensure that the legislation had no negative impact on the survey and opinion research profession (since legitimate research calls do not promote, support, attack or oppose Federal candidates).

(Previously discussed in March 2008, June 2009, and June 2010.)