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State lawmakers attempt to outlaw fake caller IDs


MADISON (AP) -- Two Republican Wisconsin legislators want to outlaw the use of phony caller ID services, but deny it has anything to do with the recent prank call to Gov. Scott Walker.

A bill being circulated by Sen. Mary Lazich, of New Berlin, and Rep. Mark Honadel, of Milwaukee, would prohibit anyone from attempting to "defraud, cause harm, or gain anything of value" by generating a fake phone number to appear on a recipient's caller ID.

A Lazich spokesman says the bill is not response to a blogger who had a conversation with Walker posing as a campaign contributor. Lazich proposed a similar bill in 2009.

The bill would exempt law enforcement and government agencies from the provision. Congress passed a similar bill outlawing the technique, called "phone spoofing," in 2010.

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