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Senate Committee to Conduct TCPA Hearing
Monday, May 16, 2016 6:50 AM

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announced Thursday it will conduct a hearing on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA). The hearing will take place Wednesday, May 18 at 10 a.m. ET.

The hearing will examine the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), an enacted bill that requires solicitors to maintain a Do Not Call list and limits the use of automatic dialing systems known as robocalls. The hearing will also examine the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) application of the TCPA to new technologies and practices popularized since adoption of the Act.

The FCC issued an omnibus declaratory ruling last year on the TCPA, which has detrimentally impacted the ability of credit unions to communicate with their members.

CUNA led the efforts surrounding a co-signed letter to committee leadership in September asking for a hearing to review the TCPA ruling, in light of the considerable impact it will have on the operations of dozens of industries. CUNA has been active on both the legislative and regulatory front in its efforts to combat the ruling.

CUNA and other organizations filed an amici brief in support of litigation challenging the TCPA ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in December, calling it “arbitrary and capricious.” CUNA also wrote to Congress in November expressing concerns about the onerous language and unclear nuances in the ruling, which in addition to limiting communications with members, have also made credit unions more vulnerable to frivolous TCPA-related class action litigation. Similar concerns have also been raised with the FCC itself and the NCUA